Thursday, 19 May 2011

I went to America yesterday...

...The bit of America that's in London, that is! And we got our visas approved, yay :)

Being at the American Embassy didn't give many photo ops though (not least because you're not allowed to take cameras in - nor mobile phones, MP3 players, DSs, Kindles, or even earphones with volume controls) so I took a few snaps around London itself after we picked up my bag from Left Luggage after our appointment. The weather was quite dull a lot of the time so I decided to take it as an opportunity to try a few photo edits at Picnik :) A bit of a Lomo-ish/1960's combo made the shots that much more interesting! So here you are - a whistle-stop tour of just a few of the iconic sights of London:

 There's Buckingham Palace, of course

And the guard on duty outside!

Plenty of pigeons to be seen, especially at Trafalgar Square and in the parks (these were in St James's Park, my favourite of the 4 parks in the city centre)

Lots of squirrels around, too, and very tame (which is not so great if, like me, you love squirrels as much as Sian loves penguins....)

We saw quite a few examples of London transport, such as the black cabs...

...the red buses...

...and, of course, the Underground!

Westminster Abbey from the west and from the north

And just across the road is Big Ben

and the Houses of Parliament (here seen from the back, so you can see the Thames too)

And finally, the London Eye

Shame we didn't have time to see more on this trip, but getting the visas involved a lot of waiting for our number to be called, so to see anything at all we had to hustle a fair bit! I think it's about time I went back for a proper visit :)

PS I must just reply to a couple of comments on my Project 365 post from this morning - gosh, I wish that photo meant we were planning a trip to Borneo!! The far less interesting truth is that it was a photo of a clue in the 'case' my Year 4 class were working on - I use a fab programme called Maths Investigator, in which we get sent a 'video message' and clue from 'M' each week, with a task to complete in order to help the agents solve the latest case... Year 4 (aka MI4) are currently helping an agent to build an orphanage for orang-utans by researching Borneo, calculating how much of different materials will be required to build the orphanage, work out the amount of food needed for the orang-utans, etc, etc!

27 comments:

Carrie Rosalind said...

This post makes me SOOOO happy! First, I LOVE that your visas were approved! YAY!

Also, the awesome pics from around London make me want to visit even more than I already do. Someday...

Melissa said...

Great photos - I like the edits you used. These photos remind me of our trips to London - I feel so fortunate to have seen each of these in person!! So glad all went well with the visas.

Alison said...

So glad the visas are sorted out...and you really did manage a whirlwind tour of 'the sights'...and it sounds like you've found an interesting way to teach maths to YR4!
Alison xx

scrappyjacky said...

Love the effects on the photos,Mel...give London an almost Gothic feel.
Glad to hear the embassy didn't think you were too dodgy....and let you have a visa!!

Nicole K/GothamGal said...

Thank you for the tour!!! I adore these photos, they're lovely.

Also, it's FANTASTIC that you're getting that much closer to America.

mise said...

Nice atmospheric shots, like an LA thriller version of London. Is the American Embassy worried that the music might be too loud and damage your ears?

Beverly said...

I love the editing, I was there in the 70s and the editing gives these the same feel. Too bad you aren't visiting Borneo :( See, if I was in your math class I might actually like math, of course liking and being good at something are 2 entirely different things ;)

JO SOWERBY said...

shame about borneo but go team 414. sounds cool, please come and make my maths homework fun. loving the sights of londinium. my dad has a piture of my grandad sowerby doing guard duty in his bearskin way back when. hope all went well with the viasa and the plans for the trip are able to be completed,
jo xxx

Karen said...

Congrats on getting the visas! One more step in the process checked off. Fab photos; my favorite is the Houses of Parliament.

Kirsty.a said...

Love the vintage photo treatent on these

furrypig said...

cool photos of London you did well to fit everything in on your busy trip!

Gem's Crafts said...

Really really fab photos :) What lens are you using?

Oh and loving your maths MI4 work idea!

dogmatix said...

the pictures are fab. congrats on getting the visa

Ladkyis said...

Love the pictures, practising for when you do go to America - will you take more than one card for the camera? just in case.....

Ruth said...

Where's my house? I'm sure that qualifies as a West London landmark ...
You were so near, yet so far.

JulieJ said...

Wowee Mel - you've got some ace photos there. If you ever tire of teaching kids you could consider becoming a photographer for a travel mag.

alexa said...

The photos are wonderfully atmospheric! Reminds me of a Harry Potter film. :)

Linda said...

Love the pics of London, especially the architecture of those beautiful landmark buildings.

Winnie said...

Thanks for the tour! Probably the closest I'll ever get to being in London! :D

Ginger said...

Oh Mel! Loved the London tour! Hope I get a chance one day to visit it :) Woo Hoo on the visas!

Amy said...

Mel the editing is excellent - the photos certainly do have a wonderful atmosphere about them!

Sian said...

Fabulous atmospheric pictures - so many, many scrapping opportunities there!

I'm glad you got your visa sorted

Kim @ It's a Crafty Life said...

I have always wanted to visit London, I think it would be soooo cool. {And those black cabs sure beat America's ugly yellow ones any day! :-)} Your picutres are gorgeous!! How did you edit them? Thanks for linking up!

AJSnow said...

these are wonderful!

Miriam said...

Great photos of London Mel and I am pleased that you got your visa's the trip is ever closer!

Gail said...

Glad you got the visas sorted out. Your pictures remind me so much of our one & only trip to London.

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Hi Mel ~ I'm behind on blog reading {again!!!} but Carrie mentioned this post to me yesterday and told me that I HAD to take a look. I'm glad she did - it's lovely to see these shots around London! Makes us want to visit even more now. I really love the looks of your photos, Mel. The affect ties them all together and makes for a wonderful post.

PS: Hooray for your Visas!!! :o)!