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Old 13th December 2008, 16:20   #16
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Nice pics

Just back from a "yeti®" style weekend party in London. Nothing like a walk on a frosty morning around London.

Went to drop my niece off in Kensington, outside the Natuaral History Museum, the forcourt was converted into an ice rink and had blue lighting.

There is something about London - traditional yet funky
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Old 13th December 2008, 21:17   #17
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thanks everyone. Glad you liked the pics. I have a lot more to post

The multicultural feel of London is just incredible. Just like in Mumbai, you can hardly ever feel lonely or out of place there. during weekends the city is kiterally invaded by tourists particularly from the meditterenean countries.

Also the city is beautifully preserved. It is just incredible how careful the town planners are to ensure that the asthetic appeal of the city is not lost. The millenium bridge for example is just a foot bridge but is beautifully designed and positioned so that it complements the St Paul's cathedral. I think this is something that Mumbai town planners can surely learn.
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Old 13th December 2008, 21:33   #18
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inside the tube network

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orchestra at Paddinton railway station!!

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Paddington railway station

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a station on the Dockland Light Railways (DLR). DLR is an overland rail network connecting central london to Canary Wharfe and Greenwich. The trains usually do not have a driver and are controlled from a cental control hub.

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notice no driver

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Train arriving at a tube station

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Performers at a tube station. This is officially allowed and is called Busking.

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Old 13th December 2008, 23:22   #19
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Absolutely superb pics - particularly the late evening and night shots. The composition of some of the pics are fantastic.

Now that I have seen bits of London, I guess I must make it a point to visit. I have been to Germany and Amsterdam in Europe, but never been to the UK. Your pics have convinced me that London visit is definitely worthwhile.

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Old 14th December 2008, 00:54   #20
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This one is taken from the tower bridge

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Owner of the local newspaper agent. These are the kirana shops of UK and almost exclusively owned by people originating from our subcontinent.

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owners of the local indian eatery, Old Delhi. Typical Delhiwalle :-) surprisingly most "Indian" restaurants/takeaways in the UK are actually owned by bangladeshis.

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when in London do what the londeners do

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the london eye

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too bad you have to throw rubbish at it.

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Old 14th December 2008, 16:56   #21
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the london eye. an interesting thing happen after I got off the london eye. I realised that my camera was running low on memry space. and while i was checking how much space i had i accidently formatted the disc!!! what a tragedy that was. i lost every snap i had taken from top of the london eye. since then I have been fanatical about creating backups and never go anywhere near the format menu.

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The big ben from across the river

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the fantastic walk along the banks of river Thames between the london eye and the tower bridge

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The st pauls cathedral behing this particularly ornate bridge

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a random boat on the river

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WOW !! Superb pictures !!

Loved those of the train stations - simply awesome. Keep them coming mate !
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Old 14th December 2008, 17:26   #23
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Hey man simply awesome pics. Your photography skills are simply amazing! A bit O/T but which camera did you use?
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Old 14th December 2008, 18:24   #24
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Thanks mate. still got a long way to go :-) I use a canon 400D and most of these photos have been taken with a with a 18-125mm sigma lens. Some of the earlier photos were taken with the 18-55mm canon lens that came with the camera.

I have also used an ultra low tech Velbon tripod for most of the night shots :-) i had to literally use myself as a wind shield lest the shot became blurry.

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Fantastic pics buddy! The 5th pic. takes the cake! lol
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Old 15th December 2008, 13:53   #26
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Awesome fotos. I've been to London twice but never had the chance to go around in the night time. I was there during the summer and it typically becomes dark only after 9 pm...

Well the fotos bring back a lot of nostalgia (London was the first overseas place I visited) and at what I've missed.

London is such a tourism oriented city, neat signboards, excellent tourism guides and brochures, travelling inside the city is so easy.
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Old 15th December 2008, 21:19   #27
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I agree, it is indeed very easy to get around anywhere in the city. Just brilliant signage all over the city.

I feel that it is also quite easy to see the city on a shoestring budget, just one of those cities where you could spend as little as possible or as much as possible.
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Old 15th December 2008, 21:28   #28
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another view of the london eye. This was taken about 30 mins after the first one. see how the sky changes colour :-)

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The St pauls cathedral. I was quite facinated by it. got a lot of snaps of this monument. It is just massive. unfortunately I have no pics that put it in perspective, but it is really really big.

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tower of london

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Old 15th December 2008, 22:21   #29
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i once climbed right up to the top of St Pauls- it is challenging as it is steep and narrow. The view is to die for.

Did you visit the Tate Modern opposite the bendy bridge. It is a converted power station. Worth walking into. I normally ensure a visit during the morning and then walk along the Thames upto Westminster, taking in a pub lunch
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wow i did not know you could do that. certainly i will try it next time i am there. how do you do it. do you have to buy tickets or something?

Havent been to the tate museum but have got some nice pics of it. I will post them up soon.

I really like the millenium bridge. beautiful design. what effort for a foot bridge. also the walk along Thames between the tower bridge and parliament house is just brilliant (a bit long though :-))
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