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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Buckingham Palace

Our day in London was action-packed, beginning with our visit to Buckingham Palace (with thousands of other people).  We were able to see the changing of the guard, visit the Mews, and visit the Queen's Gallery.  I hope you enjoy  my photographic highlights of this portion of the day!  

Two marching bands entertained us with some surprising music, including "Billie Jean".  

I have a set of old Beatle collectible figurines with hair just like these hats!

Buckingham Palace Gates

After the crowd thinned out....

Kensington Garden Gates

The Mews residential area (for those who work with the horses, cars, etc).

The coronation carriage, actually used for the procession!

Such beautiful tack on the horses that pull the carriage!

Artistic detail abounds!

A riding lesson was taking place in the ring.  I wonder who takes lessons at the palace riding stables?

Next, the most awesome experience  -  the DaVinci drawings in the Queen's Gallery.  I cannot describe how it felt to look so closely at these small, intricate drawings from nearly 600 years ago!  There were many large posters describing Leonardo's self-education in this time of medical ignorance, which only increased one's respect for this work.

Pages were pressed between two pieces of glass so that both sides could be seen.  

One of his early drawings of the heart, a two-page spread.  The age is visible, as might be the drawings on the back sides of the paper.

DaVinci was left handed, and found it easier to write backwards, from right to left.

One of my favorites.  

A later drawing.  He never did quite figure out the circulatory system, however.

From here we visited several other London sites - I'll share them in future posts!  Good to have you visit!

1 comment:

Melanie said...

I have never seen the Coronation carriage but would lot to. I used to have a scale model of it - not sure what happened to it. Great post. x