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img632Let’s take a short imaginary trip back in time this sunny summer together, and see where we could end up! The first stop is the City of London where we visit the great Saint Paul’s Cathedral with one of the largest Cathedral domes in the world, and although I doubt that we could duplicate this great classic architectural feel and view of the Cathedral from the Black Friars side of the city one could certainly try. This was the view we would experience around 1880 or so.

After a well deserved rest and great English brew, either tea or Guinness, in the nearest pub, we would take a ride to the finest museum in the world, of course, the British Museum. Here we would see the treasures once carted away from the four corners of the grandiose Empire where the sun never sets. Did we notice that little pool of water in front of the steps (shown below)? We know cleanliness keeps those diseases away that tourists dread and so didn’t the broom sweeper! Can we tell what we see on the top of those fabulous classical columns and what type of columns they are? Of course, the place was built with Greek temples in mind, the place where all western wisdom started. Right??.

The next day, we go for an extended ride throughout the city on one of those horse drawn carriages starting from the famous Wellington’s Arch filled with true Londoners with those black bowlers, and after we are done with the tour perhaps we could get fitted up with one of those hats ourselves, leaving our Stetson at the hotel.By now it would be time to get back to our lodgings, as we watch the gaslights lighted one by one. A nightcap, single malt whiskey of course, would be waiting for us at the writing table, and we would have plenty of time to write our experiences down on some postcards waiting to be mailed to the folks who stayed home and anxiously awaited news from our trip. We were fortunate to also be able to purchase a proper well used English language dictionary to make sure we would not offend anyone with that dreadful American speak!

Actually, writing those postcards is more fun and less trouble than making sure we copied everyone in our email. All photographs shown here are authentic period albumen prints from our collection. In this case, these photographs are of various sizes and from unknown photographers.

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