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

welcome to the underworld

Who knows what lies behind the entrance to Strand Station? The allure of the eerie world beneath the surface of London:  abandoned underground stations, forgotten tunnels, deserted platforms, empty booking offices…

Quem sabe o que está escondido atrás da entrada de Strand Station? O encanto do mundo fantasmagórico sob a superfície de Londres: estações de metrô abandonadastúneis esquecidos, plataformas desertas, bilheterias vazias…

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the next stop …

I love these new Circle Line trains. They are spacious, bright and comfortable; and you can see all the way through, from one end to the other.

Gosto muito dos novos comboios na Circle Line. São espaçosos, bem iluminados e confortáveis; e dá para ver ao longo de todo o trem, de começo ao fim.

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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.

stepping into puddles

With all the rain we have been having recently, it’s quite difficult to avoid the puddles! As well as jumping into them, it is also good to have a deep look sometimes.  The comments from passersby when they see someone bending over a puddle are quite funny too …

Com tanta chuva, as vezes fica difícil evitar as poças. São boas para entrar pulando e também para olhar profundamente. Vale a pena também ouvir os comentários dos passantes ao ver alguém curvado sobre uma poça para tirar fotos …

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twelfth night and the twelve knits of christmas

All the characters from ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas‘ were beautifully knitted and amusingly displayed by Trish in the window of Creations Wool Shop, Barnes, London SW13, using patterns found in ‘The Twelve Knits of Christmas’ by Fiona Goble.

As personagens da canção, ‘Os Doze Dias de Natal‘, em tricô, na vitrine duma loja de armarinho em Barnes, Londres SW13.

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winter solstice

A typical rainy street scene all over London this afternoon on the shortest day of the year.  Winter begins today and, yes, it’s already getting dark!

Muita chuva em Londres nesta tarde no dia mais curto do ano.  O inverno começa hoje e a noite já está caindo!

london eye

A few drops of rain don’t spoil the view from the London Eye on a mid-December evening. Down below, the city is brightly illuminated, boats and bridges are festooned with colourful lights, there are frost fairs and Christmas markets … The festivities have begun!

Umas gotas de chuva não estragam a vista do London Eye numa noite de dezembro. Lá em baixo, a cidade está muito iluminada, os barcos e pontes enfeitados com luzes coloridas, há feiras de natal … As festas já começaram!

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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.