Saturday, 31 December 2011

Riverside in the rain

On our way to Tate Modern,  just about to cross Millenium Bridge

St Paul's Cathedral behind us

on our left the Glass Shard by Renzo Piano, still under construction: it is going to be 310m high, the tallest building in Europe

in front of us to the left, Shapespeare's Globe theatre

it is raining and the Thames looks grey and muddy

in front, our destination -  Tate Modern

inside the Tate now, standing on the balcony and looking at Millenium Bridge

another view of the bridge from one of the windows on the fourth floor

the birch trees outside the Tate

it is raining much harder now

and it is grey and misty

a sand sculpture that someone has constructed on the banks of the Thames

we pass the ruins of Winchester Palace, built in the early 13th century, London residence of the Bishops of Winchester - they did alright those bishops, did they not?

and we come to the magnificent City Hall by Norman Foster


the Tower on the other side of the river

and we have reached Tower Bridge

we can see Swiss Re, or the Gherkin, as it is colloquially known, also by Norman Foster, 180m high,
on the other side of the river 

and we reach our destination, the Design Museum

but before we go in a look at the sculpture by Paolo Paolozzi

and this is what it looks like from the back.

it is dark when we leave the Design Museum and London looks wonderful

everything is bright and twikling.

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