London wandering, part two


Bus 2

Wandering around London on the 2nd level of a Big Red Bus. We spent our last day in London playing tourist on the top deck of one of London's omnipresent double-decker tour busses. 

 

Trafalgar Square 

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Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronte, KB

 

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I'm not sure I completely get British humor. At a corner of Trafalgar Square

 

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At another corner of Trafalgar Square... shouldn't it be named the Vice- Admiralty?

 

A lasting memory of London- very crowded and lots of slow moving traffic
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Big Ben is the name of the bell, not the tower

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The Tower is the Elizabeth Tower


From London Bridges
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Lots of strange creatures on big pedestals
 
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Two guys hangin' out... holding Earths?

 

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A homage, not to the Colonel, to "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (it is on Fleet Street)


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The Hung Drawn and Quartered. Pleasant name for a big pub.
 

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A small construction. 'Drove by it at one of the times the bus actually moved quickly, so I really don't know what it is for.
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End with another pass by Big Ben

Full-size images are at my Gallery site: https://billterry1.smugmug.com/Places/London-2022/

June 14, 2022


London wandering, part one

We were in London for a few days earlier this month before and after a cruise. Ruth's first time and my last visit was in the 70's.  A lot of the time was walking around the Paddington and Kensington areas, including the two big parks, Hyde and Kensington.

The week of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee...
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where Ruth had an audience with someone special. 
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Adjacent to our hotel, Paddington Station is a huge train station, more crowded than most US airports.  
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Paddington is associated with a rather famous bear, who Ruth got to sit next to. 
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Two bucket list items...

British ale/ beer (the one on the left is mine)
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Wilson... and Ruth in a traditional Brisitsh phone booth (they are only there to impress tourists like us... everyone uses cell phones)
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Walking the streets of London...

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Wall art


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Amidst all the beautiful old buildings, this was a bit of a shock.  
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Loved the view inside this old church
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Lots of Beatles things in London
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How does he get in there?
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Sign outside a Barber Shoppe
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Kensington Gardens- a Royal park


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Local Inhabitant. He didn't quack so I don't know if he had a British accent. 

 

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Visiting inhabitant

 

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One of the anomalies of London parks, amidst beautifully kept grounds are little patches left to grow wild.

Bees
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Hyde Park

The largest of four Royal parks in the center of London

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One of the huge number of inhabitants of the same breed.


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Kensington Castle framed by art

 

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Kensington Castle

 

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Wild Parakeets??

 

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Even the broken fences are protected

A beautiful gardens in Hyde Park
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One of many statues: Arthur, Duke of Wellington

 

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Another area left alone to grow slightly wild


The closing image is not really London. It is a view of the traditional English countryside on the road from London to Southampton. 

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Full-size images are at my Gallery site: https://billterry1.smugmug.com/Places/London-2022/

June 2, 3, 13, 14, 2022

 


Carolines Restaurant and the Apalachicola River Inn- abandoned

The third in a series on the riverside complex in Apalachicola that was once Boss Oyster, Carolines Restaurant, and the Apalachicola River Inn. This post focuses on the River Inn and Carolines.

Earlier posts are here:
The story and images
and
Inside Boss Oyster

All the images, high-def and full-size, are part of my Abandoned/ Out of Business gallery:
Gallery Images

 

The Apalachicola River Inn

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Back Registration Entrance

 

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Closer in

 

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Registration side door

 

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Registration area

 

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View from upstairs

 

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Laundry

 

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Sign to the Rooftop Lounge




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Steps to upstairs rooms

 

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Stairs at far end


Caroline's Restaurant

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Water-side view

 

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Remnant of an ad piece

 

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Chandelier and round window

 

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Entrance wallpaper and light fixture

 

February 2022


Abandoned- Robinson's Pecan House

03_22 robinson farm DSC08270 -1A piece of Florida tradition... Florida kitsch... is disappearing. Robinson's Pecan House had, according to the Monticello News in 2020, been run by Arthur Robinson for 43 years and before that by his brother, Willie, for 37 years.  Noticeable for its bright red and yellow signs, the Pecan House is on a rural section of Capps Highway, the road that was the main north-south thoroughfare to the state capital, before the interstates took over.  For years, it has been the indicator for me that I was getting close to Tallahassee when driving up from Tampa. Along with pecans and pecan products, the House (actually a stand with 4 manual garage doors that raised up when open for business) sold a variety of local honey, boiled peanuts, tomatoes, and other goodies.

Sadly, time has not been kind to the Robinson's Pecan House and it is permanently closed, slowly being consumed by the rural countryside.


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Once bright yellow and red signs lead to and away from the Pecan House along the side of the highway, offering delights to passers-by. Now they are slowly falling apart.
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Some are gone altogether
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You can barely see that it is Tupelo HONEY at the bottom of the sign.

 

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Fading to white.


Click here for Full-size, high-def images at my galleries.  

March 2022


Abandoned- Inside Boss Oyster

Boss Oyster, and the conjoined River Inn and Caroline's restaurant were long-time favorites in Apalachicola, Florida. Hurricanes and the Pandemic shut them down. Click here to read their story in my earlier post. 

In late February 2022, I was able to go inside what was once a favorite watering hole in Apalach, Boss Oyster. 

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The old sign, done as a detailed painting.

 

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A lot of the outdoor water-facing areas are in very bad shape


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The old Frog Level bar

 

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Actually a picture of... a frog (the bar's namesake?)

 

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Food pickup area

 

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Looking out from the kitchen

 

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Another view looking into the kitchen

 

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Wall art

 

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Once a door?


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Looking at you!

 

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Door framed by a window


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Best seat in the place

 

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Do NOT go through this door!


Click he

Click here to go to my gallery and see full-size high-def images of this abandoned place.

Coming soon: Inside the River View inn and Caroline's

February 2022


Wandering back through 2021- hither and yon

After the storm- Anne Marie Island, August 2021

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Sunset viewing

 

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Watching

 

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Patiently waiting for sunset

 

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First morning coffee


Outside the Dali Museum, September 2021

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Um, excuse me, ma'am, do you have the time?

 

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Ants amongst the cacti

 

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Boat in an emerald sea

Downtown Ocala at sunset, September 2021

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Savannah, GA, September 2021

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Fun with water and lights

 

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Night sculpture

 

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Patterned wall



Patriotism in the stands and on horseback


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Local rodeo

Renderings on a theme
Do you like one the best?

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Original

 

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As an oil painting

 

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As a colored pencil drawing

 

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As a detail painting


Savannah, GA, September 2021


Wandering back through 2021- St. Augustine roaming

May, 2021


The St. Augustine Distillery

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Superb small- batch bourbon


Replacing the Santa Maria Restaurant.

Here is what it looked like in 2018: https://www.billterry1.com/2018/12/out-of-business-santa-maria-restaurant.html

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The gate at the pier entrance is the only part of the original restaurant left.


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Classic accommodations:

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Steps at the downtown Hilton


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Rype and Ready


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Walls

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Done as a detailed colored pencil drawing


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Closing Image (sunset in Ocala, FL on the way home)


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May, 2021


Short Walk Off A Long Pier

In Apalachicola, behind the Seafood Festival, there is an old pier. The "Old Guys Playing Old Music" were close to the beginning of the pier but the rest of it was empty.

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Old Guys on a boat jamming old rock n roll, with a harmonica guy on the pier

 

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Sometimes with dancing.

 

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Across the way, behind another pier, were the Seafood Festival carnival rides.

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Portions of the dock across the way have seen better days.
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Pier is in better shape here, with the bridge going east out of Apalachicola in the background.

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End of the pier across the way with more of the big bridge.

 

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Looking across the water.

 

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Some of the boats docked on the pier have seen better days.

 

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Lady Grace is not going gracefully into the night.

 

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She is, in fact, for sale.

 

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View from the end of the pier... mainly a lot of water... done as a Detailed Painting.


Apalachicola, FL.
(see all my Apalachicola images at https://billterry1.smugmug.com/Places/Apalachicola/)

November, 2021


Hither and Yon- New Year's Day walk down a small town's side streets

Apalachicola, Florida:
"Apalach"

Go to my Apalachicola Gallery, with images going back to 2015, here: https://billterry1.smugmug.com/Places/Apalachicola

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Happy Cat Palm

 

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This vessel does not have insurance. Board and work at own risk

 

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Miss Martha: rode hard

 

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Four pelicans plus one


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Retail/ No Retails

 

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"Licensed" sign

 

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Self-portrait (look carefully)

 

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Not so open

 

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When you need it, make it yourself


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Headin' out

 

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Apalachicola Bay Seafood; oysters- shrimp. See it?

 

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M8121


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Fishin' a bush

 

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Best seat in the place.


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The William Henry


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Christmas Leftovers

 

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The back of the Gibson Inn (where we stayed)


January 1, 2022




New Year's Eve 2021

The evening of December 31, 2021 was warm, humid and foggy...

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But a good time was had by all.

Inside...

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And out.

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As fitting for the year 2021 was, we have "inexpensive" dinner wine in real wine glasses, a really good Charbono later in plastic cups. Oh, the irony... not, that's not irony, it's... never mind...

HAPPY NEW YEAR, ALL!

Gibson Inn
Apalachicola, FL.