Back from London with a few shots...

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  1. Maestro

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    Greetings ladies and gentlemen.

    Wow ! Over 3,000 posts since my last visit ! :shock:

    Anyway, my flight to London and back went on without any problem... The only thing that bugged me was the fact that I had to pay £88.00 for a friggin taxi from Heathrow Airport to my hotel. (I wasn't going to take the tube with my bags...)

    Anyway... I got something like 800 Mo of pictures and short video clips. Which are very HQ, so I had to host them on a image host to make sure I wouldn't slow down anyone surfing on this thread.

    Anyway, to begin with, here is the view I had from my hotel room's window... You can see the Imperial War Museum's dome in the background.
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    An interresting thing : unlike in many North-American hotels, there isn't any soft drinks/candies machine anywhere in the hotel. To drink/eat something in the evening you have to go to the hotel's bar... Or grab the kettle in your bedroom and have yourself a tea or (instant) coffee.
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    Also, I think they had some problems with tourists not looking in the right direction before crossing the road...
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    But anyway... Here are a few more "meaningful" shots of the city.


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    Now, I climbed the 400-many stairs leading to the upper "deck" of Saint-Paul's Cathedral... The view I got there was stunning...
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    Now, in order to take a break from pictures, here are two videos... Westminster at night and Buckingham Palace. Please note that I had to greatly reduce the size and quality of those clips in order to make them smaller... Original versions are about 30 and 40 Mo.
     

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  2. Becca

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    Awesome, thanks!! What is that big ferris wheel about??
     
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    Excellent pics mate!:D
     
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    Cool pics Maestro.
     
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    thats the london eye
    its supposed to simulate flying on an airliner it go's round very slowly is very expensive for a ticket and is a total rip off !
    London Eye Official site - guaranteed lowest online prices
     
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    hmmm..like flying on an airliner, intresting.

    ...but where's the part about them losing your luggage and paying too much for watered down booze??
     
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    Maestro .... didnt you go to the Imperial War Museum?
     
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    Hi Maestro,

    >Now, I climbed the 400-many stairs leading to the upper "deck" of Saint-Paul's Cathedral... The view I got there was stunning...

    Are you aware of Autostitch? AutoStitch

    It's a free, fully automatic panorama generator.

    I just dropped all of your St. Paul's picture into one folder and unleashed Autostitch ... result below. No manual input involved.

    I just love that program :)

    Regards,

    Henning (HoHun)
     

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  9. Gnomey

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    Good stuff Maestro.
     
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    Hi again,

    From the remaining 4 pictures, Autostitch could use 3 for a Thames panorama. However, results are not perfect as Autostitch needs a bit more overlap for the pictures to be blended smoothly (with good brightness adjustment). Still a good demonstration ...

    Regards,

    Henning (HoHun)
     

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    Very cool, did you check out any of the cool museums?
     
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    Great shots Maestro hope you had a good time.

    Dont believe Rochie, Les Bride the only connection between the london eye and an airliner is that it was payed for by British Airways and because of this as an advertising gimmic they call them flights not rides. Ill agree with Rochie on the prices though £15.50 a pop is a bit steep I believe over 3 million people have had a ride since 2000 when it opened so it should be a lot cheaper than that
     
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    my mistake trackend i honestly thought that's what it was supposed to imitate :oops:
     
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    Cool shots.
     
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    Nice shots mate, looks like you had a great time! :)

    I will get back to London soon. Been 13years since I was last there.
     
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    Wonderful pictures, Maestro!
     
  17. Maestro

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    Sure !

    I went to the Imperial War Museum (took about 175 pictures there), Churchill's Cabinet War Room, HMS Belfast, the Tower of London...

    I also visited Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Saint-James Palace and of course, Saint-Paul's Cathedral. However, I wasn't allowed to take indoor pictures there...

    Geez... I even asked to a monk a special permission to take a snapshot of the Unknown Soldier's grave at Westminster Abbey, I got turned down.

    Here we go with a few more pictures ! Let's start with the IWM...

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    As you can see, I really choose the *good* time to go there as about half of the city was under repair... Including the IWM ! The equipment was covered by a painted canvas so everyone would know that the Museum was still open. However, you can see the scaffolding around the dome.

    Now, that is the first thing you see when you get in the hall... Impressive ! :shock:
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    A few shots of what's in the hall...
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    WWI...

    Now, was it Uncle Sam's "I Want You" poster that inspired Earl Kitchener's poster or the opposite, I think we'll never know...
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    Anyway... Here are some shots...
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    Phew... I'll post pictures of the other places I went to tomorrow.
     
  18. DerAdlerIstGelandet

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    Thanks for sharing the pics.
     
  19. Maestro

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    You're welcome.

    Here are a few more...

    HMS Belfast...
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    Churchill's Cabinet War Room...
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    Tower of London...
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    More to come...
     
  20. Maestro

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    Buckingham Palace...
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    (Plus a video attached below.)

    Saint-James Palace...
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    (Plus a video attached below.)

    Well, I think that's it, folks.
     

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