Tuesday, June 27, 2006

UK Trip Photos, Vol. I

Here are some pics from my trip to the United Kingdom from the 8th until the 15th of June.

This is one that I like to call "Photographing the Photographer" - Findlay Muir getting ready to take a shot out the window as we hurtled along on the incredibly convenient Gatwick Express, from London's Victoria Station direct to Gatwick airport (we North Americans could learn a lot about mass transit from the British).

In this one you can see what a three star hotel room looks like in London (the My Place Hotel). Plusses - only about 75 yards from Earl's Court underground station, nice neighbourhood with several places that had public internet access (something else we North Americans could learn from the British), friendly staff, well-maintained property, and a great price for being in central London (about $95 CAD per night). Minuses - no air conditioning (definitely something the British could learn from us), although you did get a fan, and the windows opened (but when it's 28 degrees centigrade, that doesn't help much), and a small bathroom... er, toilet (but, as it was "en suite", I'm not going to complain). All in all, a very good, if somewhat sweaty, experience.

Finally, here's Rear Admiral Zorgrot in Blackpool, a wonderful seaside city north of Manchester that resembles Atlantic City. Tons of fun, and kitsch, and a small diner that made a great meat and potatoes pie (I may be the only person in the world who thinks the British have the greatest cuisine ever). Zorgrot quite enjoyed the ocean breeze, which helped his hay fever... at least for a while.

More to come. Stay tuned.

Paul Kimball

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