the cheapside hoard – london’s lost jewels

If you are anywhere near the Barbican and have an hour or two to spare, try not to miss this fabulous exhibition at the Museum of London. It involves mystery, buried treasure and a thrilling history of the gem trade in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Once outside, I wandered along some of the same lanes and alleys that existed then and took the opportunity of photographing some of the old buildings which have survived until today and now stand in harmony with the City’s shiny new architecture.

Paternoster Square
Paternoster Square

Ruins of St Alban's Church
St Alban Church Tower

St Paul's
St Paul’s Cathedral

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inside out

Looking through windows, looking at windows and looking into windows.
Olhando pelas janelas, olhando para as janelas e olhando dentro das janelas.

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View through the front window on top of a No 15 bus, looking towards St Paul’s.

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A well-known building and a street full of windows in the City of London.

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Trafalgar Square reflected in the window of an adjacent building.

very cold, very windy, high tides and grey skies …

A brisk walk on a cold afternoon:  looking across the Thames towards the Shard and, just round the corner, an ice-rink in the moat at the Tower of London.

Uma caminhada breve num dia de tempestade:  o Shard, o rio escuro e, por perto, a pista de gelo em frente da Torre de Londres.

nour tour bus

One of the pleasures of the autumn months is the Nour Festival of Arts, now in its fourth year.  The best of contemporary Middle Eastern and North African arts and culture is divulged throughout the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.  As well as exhibitions, films, talks, workshops, performances, literature, music and poetry, there is also a Souk and a Tour Bus.

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sebastião salgado in london

The familiar walls and arches of Paddington Station merge with Sebastião Salgado’s photograph of the Nenets of Northern Siberia, in a poster advertising the Brazilian photographer’s epic exhibition, Genesis, shown at the Natural History Museum earlier this year.

Os Nenets de Siberia, numa foto de Sebastião Salgado, refletindo os muros da Estação de Paddington.  A grande exposição, Genesis, estava no Natural History Museum.

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