Photogallery: United Kingdom: London - Summer 2011
United Kingdom: London - Summer 2011
heading (paragraph): Cities
No. of pictures: 21 pictures
Anyone who visited the British capital certainly took a lot of experiences. I was in some of London's streets and landmarks only briefly, and it accompanied us changeable weather. About few experiences, captured in memory in my camera, I want to share with you. It was just short time after the ceremony which started last 365 days before the Olympic Games the 2012. And day before, as night began to riots that rocked the entire Kingdom. Everyone certainly has its scope of what attracts him the most. For me it was the Globe Theatre, Millennium Bridge, a modern Gherkin (reminiscent Eurovea of Bratislava), but also the construction of the tallest building in Europe "Shard", which next year is to reach 310 m (official name is said to London Bridge Tower, but call it home shard of Glass, a glass shard) and also the group 'party' round. Of course nobody can´t miss the most famous monuments - Tower Bridge and the Tower, where we didn´t care to stand in long queue to see the royal jewels, St. Paul's Cathedral etc. Are these also your favourite places?
Text and photo: Martina Výborná
Today, we visit the town of Windsor located 30 kilometers west of London in Berkshire. This little town features beautiful half-timbered houses, winding streets, and cobllestone sidewalks.
The last time when we visited Windsor together we noted that it is one of the most beautiful castles ever. However, once you lay your eyes on Warwick, you realize that it constitutes significant competition to Windsor. Warwick is a massive medieval castle situated by the River Avona. It's history dates back to early Middle-Ages. In the year 915, it was built by the daughter of Alfred the Great, the King of Wessex. This castle soon became an important seat of power. Its lords were even called "kingmakers"
The famous cathedral belongs to the greatest sights in the city. It is the seat of the archbishop of Canterbury, the highest church official of the Church of England. However, Canterbury has been important Christian location for a long time. In the early Middle Ages, St Augustin baptised Anglo-Saxons. In 597, he became the first English bishop. His grave lays close to the city walll. Its importance surpasses even that of the cathedral itself.
Lincolnshire is the destination for today. It is located in east England. The main city is Lincoln which along with Windsor, Warwick, Canterbury, London and York belongs to the most important historic cities of England. The city is home to 130 thousand people. It lays on the River Witham with amazing cathedral rising above buildings around. The center of the city features historic houses, fortification built by the Normans, and you may even see remains of ancient Roman architecture.
Brighton is the most popular and famous sea resort on the English Channel. Once, this large city was a simple fishing village which became increasingly popular among English nobility in the 18th century. They travelled here to breathe fresh sea air and relax in luxurious spa. Today, Brighton is open to anyone. Its pebble beaches are lined with souvenire stores and various attractions.
You must have seen at least one movie about Robin Hood. And if not you surely have heard about him. The legend of this archer is still strong and popular culture keeps it alive. After all, a man who takes from the rich and gives to the poor is certainly not going away any time soon. Robin Hood's nemesis - the sheriff of Nottingham is not least known figure as well. And the city of Nottingham will be our stop today.
The Gateway to the World. This is the nickname of a port city in south England sitting on the meeting of the Itchen and Test rivers.
Seven Sisters chalk cliffs are undoubtedly among Britain's greatest natural treasures. They are beloved by tourists and film makers who made it the dream place of the main protagonists in the movie Atonement (starring Keira Knightley).
On this day we visit a quiant town 2 hours from London. Its inhbitants are proud of their native – the playwright William Shakespeare. Even though he passed away a long time ago you may feel his spirit all around.
After the natural and architectural beauty of Wales we will move to the south of England. More precisely to the historic region of Sussex, where our first stop will be the town of Lewes.
Today we look to Brighton, more precisely to the local town hall, located on Bartolomějské Square near the coast. The neoclassical building from the 1930s serves not only as a municipal office, but also holds weddings and you can visit one unusual museum.
Birmingham is known mostly to the fans of sports for it was here where the European league was born as well as the sport of tennis (in the end of 1850s). The city was founded in the times of Anglo-Saxon immigraiton. However, it became the center of trade only in the mid 12th century.
Once, London was the largest city in the world. They ruled the entire British empire from here. Precious goods was imported from all around the world and ships departed for adventure and came back later. Today, people from all around the world come here – either to trade, work, admire amazing sights, enjoy local atmosphere or get a taste of world's cuisine.
London is a capital of United Kingdom, and also a great, important, historical and culture town at the same time. So, this magnificent London could be characterized in such way. In 2012, the town will become, just for the third time, a centre of Summer Olympic Games.
The town of Folkestone in the past few important fishing village on the coast of the Channel (sometimes called the Dover Strait). Change came to the early 19th century, when there built railway station and the port through which the ferries trains were directed to the European mainland (to the French port of Boulogne).
Among the most visited castles in Great Britain is traditionally Hever Castle. Thanks for its glorious history, but undoubtedly also because it lies almost on the way to London.
Bristol is a large English city and an unitary authority where live around 400, one million people respectively.
Several months that as a college student I have spent in England, I used not only to gather some life experiences and to improve my CV but also to learn about interesting places. One of them was a beautiful water castle known as Bodiam Castle.
During our stay in England that took several months, we had visited many beautiful places. We will remember them all but one of them was truly spectacular, Leeds Castle.
After the visit at beautiful Trafalgar Square we continue to see another sights in London.
There is a small British enclave in the southernmost tip of Spain (Andalusia region known for the cities of Cordoba and Granada mostly). The earliest finding of human settlement dates back to the Stone Age here. A skull of a Neanthrtal man was found there. Later, armed struggles were led over the this strategic area which was annexed by the United Kingdom eventually.
If you want to enjoy atmosphere of traditional England, its stone houses and glittering sea in the background mark the area of southern Devonshire.
If you happen to travel to England some day, you will surely want to visit its most famous city - London. And then ask yourself a question - what will I actually see apart the famous red buses and Big Ben? Is it worth it? Yes it is! London is the city of history, art, and culture. It is ideal for people who like museums, or galleries.
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