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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Bloomsbury May 9th 2017

Having taken on a day off, Mark agreed to go for walk around Bloomsbury Squares on 9th March. We started our walk from Holborn station. We crossed the main road, Kingsway and High Holborn at the traffic lights and walked north up Southampton Row. We found very impressive building on the left, that is, Sicilian Avenue and a shopping paved with Sicilian marble. We then walked up to Vernon Place and crossed Bloomsbury Way, and found Bloomsbury Square. We strolled through this little park diagonally from south to north. At the north edge of the park, it led us to Great Russell Street where we could see the entrance of the British Museum. We walked on Montague Street. Majority of semi-detached Georgian buildings are used for Bed & Breakfast hotels – we found the Russell Hotel ... read more
plum blossom trees
Mahatma Gandhi, Tavistock Square

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Bloomsbury April 7th 2015

Visit to the Foundling Museum We went to the Foundling Museum near Russell Square on 17 February. We noted the statue of Thomas Coram – the founder of the Foundling Hospital – an establishment of a ‘Hospital for the Maintenance and Education of Exposed and Deserted Young Children’, which was built in 1739. By showing the National Trust membership cards, we were given the 50% discount on the admission fee. Including the ground floor, there were four floors to which we could access. We first went to the second floor by lift and looked round the Handel Collection. As well as British painters, German-born composer, George Frideric Handel, made asignificant contribution for the Foundling Hospital in the 18th century. The Handel Gallery is the tribute to his achievements. There was a wealth of Handel’s material and ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Bloomsbury July 10th 2013

Travel Journal FSU Study-Abroad Program London, England 7/7/13 The last three days have been a whirlwind. I left Lake Chautauqua for Buffalo-Niagara International, flew to Philadelphia, and then to London-Heathrow. I arrived at Heathrow on Friday (7/5/13) with time to spare, but FSU was nowhere to be found. I ended up wandering the terminal until I decided to call the study center, which relayed that I was in the wrong terminal (despite their explicit written instructions). I met with our Program Assistant, Shauna, and chatted for a while until we found the rest of the 4 people that were meeting. At this point, we had to wait for the bus, which was late, due to a British law that says bus drivers must take a 45 minute break every 4.5 hours. After travelling almost 24 hours, ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Bloomsbury September 9th 2011

60+ alumni from the School of Pharmacy graduating class of 1981 gathered in London for a 30-year reunion. We started at 5pm with drinks and tours of the building, were later welcomed by Prof Anthony Smith (Dean), then enjoyed a buffet meal while we re-kindled old friendships and shared memories from our time at 'The Square' ( including some memories and photos that are probably best forgotten!). We may all have ‘matured’ a little bit on the outside, and some are now taking medicines that we’ve researched and dispensed over the years, but we haven’t changed that much on the inside. At 10.30pm some 20 of us moved on to 'The Lamb' on Lambs Conduit St for a pint before closing time. After that, a core group retired to a suite at a nearby Club where ... read more
SOP reunion
SOP reunion

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Bloomsbury August 2nd 2010

Mimi arrived on July 23, and stayed with me for almost two weeks. I had only arrived a week and a half before her, so we enjoyed exploring the city together. Mimi does not enjoy flying, so the trip over was a little rough, and I appreciated that she was willing to undergo a day of misery coming over and going back for an awesome week with me. I think she would heartily agree it was worth it. The first day I let her get settled and we took a short walk around the city. We went to one of my favorite squares, Russell Square, to sit by the fountain. I love sitting there because there is a circle of ten benches, and often when I go I sit and listen to all of the different ... read more
Magnum Gold ?!
Big Ben from the Southbank
Mimi and I at London Tower

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Bloomsbury July 30th 2010

The first two weeks have been a busy introduction to London. Let me go back to the beginning briefly. The trip started with a short flight to Charlotte, where I had a 10 hour layover to save a few bucks. When I walked out of the tunnel from my airplane into the main terminal, the first thing I saw was a NASCAR shop, and I knew I had arrived in Charlotte. The airport was a great place to spend the day thanks to the long row of white rocking chairs in the shade of leafy trees which lined the main strip of shops and restaurants, encased in glass which let in most of the sunshine. I had never seen anything like it in an airport but I was glad for the opportunity to sit, rock and ... read more
the weary traveler's chair
Mecklenburgh Square

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Bloomsbury May 8th 2010

We landed at Gatwick Airport at around 7:30 am. I was relieved to have made it safe and sound, but my first views of England were disappointing. It looked just like home! Plus it was raining and cloudy. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it just seemed very underwhelming. However, I was in quite a bad mood, so that probably affected what I was seeing. I got off the plane and made my way to the insanely long customs lineup. After waiting an hour, the guy who I dealt with was really rude and interrupted me answering his question about what I was doing in England to talk to his friend next to him about his T-shirt. Once I got through that I had to wait forever for my luggage (which was seriously the ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Bloomsbury April 13th 2010

Fik betalt depositum og husleje på mit nye værelse i dag:) Så mangler jeg bare kontrakten. Tog ind til "byen" / centrum, og gik en en tur ned af Oxford st. som er en gigantisk shoppinggade, med ekstremt mange mennesker. Men det var fedt. Gaden ender ved Hyde Park så gik ind og satte mig og spise frokost i solen:) Uploader lidt billeder herfra nu. Har mødt endnu en af mine roommates, Natasha, fra Rusland, som bor ved siden af mig, hun virker rigtig sød. ... read more
Mit hus
We will rock you
De røde busser

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Bloomsbury March 28th 2010

I was in London recently where I attended a Study Day at the British Museum. The Study Day complemented my current university studies so I thought it would be a good idea to go. I went down to Kings Cross the previous evening and stayed overnight at the hostel nor far from the station. I was relieved it was a short walk because of the rain!!! I simply checked in at the hostel and settled down for the night. The next morning after breakfast, I checked out and walked to the British Museum. I have been to the museum many times previously but not recently. First thing I noticed was the interior change! There must have been some extenstive refurbishments since my last visit. I was impresseed with the space and lighting! I think John Soane, ... read more
British Museum
London's Calling!
British Museum

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Bloomsbury March 28th 2010

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