This is a real touristy trip down one street. But it is cool and there is loads of histroy to see, At the top end of Whitehall, is Nelson atop his column.
and at the bottom he is guarded by the Lions sculpted by Lnaseer
As you saunter down Whitehall towards Parliament there are various Government ministries to pass, the tourist highlight is probably the entrance to HorseGuards, which is now guarded by armed plod and the more traditional Household cavalry.
Then, just before you get to Downing Street (Which I remember when you could just wander down it like any other street, but not any more) you come to the Cenotaph is the new(ish) memorial to women's role in the Second World War. The uniforms and clothing represent the different roles that women played during the war.
Just down from that is the Cenotaph. Under which is buried a body of one of the many unknown soldiers from WW1. The brought 4 bodies of unknown soldiers from 4 different battlefields to London and then blindly selected one to buried there. The idea being that nobody would know where the body came from so it could be your son, husband, father buried there. As always, the British do do a dignified war memorial.
As we continue down we reach Parliament Square which is now a lot more interesting.
They've added statues of 'parliamentarians' from both the UK and around the world. I am not sure how Gandhi or Nelson Mandela would feel about this given their treatment by UK governments during their lives.
Still, I suppose we got there in the end and, again, it is a nice addition to the landscape. Obviously, being Britain, the most prominent statue goes to one of the most historically airbrushed people: Churchill (so I've done the same!). I also liked the Millicent Fawcet statue.
The next post will deal with Parliament, Westminster Abbey and the South Bank of the Thames. Otherwise this is just going to ramble on forever and ever.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.