Something Old and Something New ...
Photos © Pat Tyler Tuesday, May 3, 2005

Tower Bridge & Modern Tower
Modern London provides a backdrop for the Tower Bridge.

The Tower of London

Founded nearly a millennium ago and expanded upon over the centuries since, this facility has protected, housed, imprisoned and been for many the last sight they saw on Earth.

It has been the seat of British government and the living quarters of monarchs, the site of renown political intrigue, and the repository of the Crown Jewels. It has housed lions, bears, and flightless ravens, not to mention notorious traitors and framed members of court, lords and ministers, clergymen and knights.

London City Hall ...

... and no, the picture is not warped.

City Hall London
Interior Shot
The shape of the building is not something simple like a sphere, or an egg. It is something akin to a drop of water being blown over by a puff of air. Each level is offset slightly from the one below, hanging over one side of the building. The result is a slightly curving side, and a rapidly curving side. This is an energy-saving feature, as the building is angled to take advantage of sunlight in the winter, and avoid it in the summer. There is a below-grade ampitheatrer, which makes the building appear as if it is rising from a hole. This description was taken from the webpage linked here, where you can find more pictures of London City Hall.

HMS Belfast

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