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Modern London

London is full of great old architecture, but the modern buildings are not to be missed. These are the ones that stood out for me just because of their colours. I am sure there are lots of others, but these are the ones we came across on our walks.

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I came across these interesting looking doors in London.

A pretty door somewhere in Kensington

Another one with some pretty iron work, also in Kensington

I really was drawn to the door knocker on this one

A rather impressive looking door, shame about the dead plant!

I cannot remember where we came across this old door, but it’s safe to say it was on either an old church or another monument

The blue colour and lanterns did it for me on this one

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The Mews of London

One of the things I was really looking forward to was visiting some of the London Mews (you know, those little pretty streets made famous by the movie “Love Actually” in the scene where Keira Knightly opens the door to find Andrew Lincoln and some cue cards standing in the street). There are many of them in London, the one made famous by the movie is actually in Notting Hill – St Luke’s Mews; as this was somewhat out of the way given the plans we had made we visited some mews in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The mews are usually hidden away behind archways and you would never know that you are in busy London!

These houses were originally built in the 18th and 19th century to stable horses and provided accommodation above the stables for the servants. The houses sit on cobbled little streets which originally were service roads located behind grand Georgian and Victorian houses.

There was usually a tunnel under the garden connecting with the basement of the house, so servants could slip out to the stable without disturbing the residents. A curious feature of almost any mews house is that it has no windows at the back, so servants could not spy on their betters enjoying a stroll in the garden.

Most mews were utilitarian places, with hard-wearing cobbles and a drain down the middle to take away the waste from the horses.

 The reason they are called “mews” is not immediately obvious. Some research shows that they were named after the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, which evolved from the Kings’ Mews, which goes back to Richard II (r. 1377-99). The royal hawks were kept at the King’s Mews from 1377, where the birds were confined at moulting time; mew meaning moulting. Up until the reign of Henry VII (r. 1485-1509) the Mews was at Charing Cross, at the western end of the Strand where today the National Gallery stands. The building was destroyed by fire in 1534 and rebuilt as stables, keeping the name “Mews” when it acquired this new function.
So, after this little history lesson, here are some of my favourite photos I took of the iconic London Mews.
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Another view

Here is another street view taken in Hameln (Hamelin), Germany,


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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Architecture

Cee’s Challenge this Tuesday is architecture. I love taking photos of buildings, new or old, I am not biased, I like them all as long as they hold my interest.

Hannover's old town

Hannover’s old town

The Gherkin and the Cheesegrater buildings in London, UK.

The Gherkin and the Cheesegrater buildings in London, UK.

Marienburg Castle just outside of Hannover, Germany.

Marienburg Castle just outside of Hannover, Germany.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Lines and Angles

It’s all about lines and angles in Cee’s Black and White Challenge this week; here is my offering for this week.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Buildings

This is my very first time of participating in one of Cee’s challenges. I keep seeing some of my fellow bloggers posting their challenge photos and so I thought I would see what these are all about. Turns out Cee loves challenges, and this Black & White Challenge is just one of many; a full list can be found on her home page.

So, here is my very first entry; it’s a photo I took a few years ago now of the grain elevators in Nanton, Alberta, which are now a museum.


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