4Telelphone Closet Used for conversations between Prime Minister Churchill and President Roosevelt.
5 Notice all of the telephones
6 It was in this basement area that Winston Churchill and the British Military conducted operations during World War 2.
7Churchill's Bedroom Churchill's Bedroom
8Peaceful Park St. James Park across the street from the Treasury Building (which housed the war room)
9Typical London Weather
10 St. James Park across the street from the Treasury Building (which housed the war room)
11Parliament and Big Ben Parliament and Big Ben
12 Former mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
14 Westminster Abby
15 Parliament and Big Ben. Thames River in the foreground
16 London Eye
17 London Eye
18 St. Paul's Cathedral
19 "The Anchor" on the Thames River. Build in 1615. It has served as a favorite meeting place for many English literary figures.
20 The Shard. This building is a 95 story skyscrxaper and is the tallest building in Western Europe.
21 Tower Bridge. One of the many bridges across the Thames River. It was built in 1886.
22 Tower of London. This building has served as the gallows for many British. It was built in 1078. It served as an armory, treasury, menagerie (zoo). It now houses the crown jewels of England.
23 Cutty Sark, this is a British clipper ship built in 1869. It was built to go fast to evade pirates.
24 London City Hall
25 London Eye
26 English pub in Greenwich England.
28 St. James Park
29 St. James Park
30 St James Park
31 Buckingham Palace
32 Pellican in St. James Park
33 Horse Guards parade ground with the London Eye in the background
34 British Horse Guard
35 Big Ben
36Iqbal Latif Iqbal Latif, a Facebook friend of mine. We had corresponded through Facebook for a few years but this is the first time that I met him in person. We had a very pleasant evening.
37 Parliament Square
38 After our 3-day stay in London, we flew to Lisbon to board our cruise boat.
39 We are on the National Geographic Orion which gets my vote as the best cruise ship I have ever been on. We were on it for two weeks. The first week we had 87 guests, and the next week we had about 70. I find that I get lost on large ships, but this gave me no problem at all.
40 Frodo Musicians - I don't know much about Frodo, and, of course, it was sung in Portugese.
41 This lady had a magnificent voice.
42 Scene from Lisbon Harbor
44 Scene from Lisbon Harbor
45 Monument to the Age of Discovery seen from Lisbon Harbor. The men depict some Portugese explorers. Portugal really had a lot of them
46 Beach scene. A bit chilly for swiming, but, I guess there is no bad time to have junk food.
47 Oporto, Portugal - after leaving Lisbon, our first stop (the next day) was the port of Oporto.
48 We are visiting a museum of modern art. This is typical of what is in the museum. I must admit, I didn't understand any of it.
49 Still on the museum grounds. For some reason, I did like this.
50 I do like the grounds of the museum.
53 The city of Oporto is the birthplace of Port Wine. Needless to say, we had to visit at least one wine distillery.
55 Port Wine.
56 Santiago de Compostela, Spain - St. James is credited with bringing Christianity to this area of Spain. The walking stick, the gourd, and the scallop represent him.
57 Inside the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela. This is the third most pilgrimage site for Catholics.
58 Inside the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela. This is the third most pilgrimage site for Catholics.
59 Outside the church.
60 Pilgrims. The one on the right seems a bit more dedicated.
61 Dancing in the church.
64 Lots of youth all with the orange hats.
65 Group picture on the steps of the church.
66 Outside the cathedral.
67 Pilgrimage by bicycle.
69 City scene
70 Ron and JeanLuc. JeanLuc is a National Geographic photographer. He was very interesting and a very helpful guy.
71 A Coruna, Spain -
72 A Caruna is sometimes called the "glass city" because of all the windows.
74 Relaxing on a chilly morning.
75 Mideval city with mideval Burger King (right).
76 Glenda, seeing our vacation through a telephoto lens.
77 Street scene reflected from store window.
78 Salvator Dali creation.
79 Fish market
80 Tapas and Wine
81 Intrepid explorer
82 Probably Bilbao is most well known for the Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Gerry
83 This morning Glenda and I visited the ship's bridge. There is no set time for visits. You can drop in any time that you want. We are on our way to Bilbao, Spain.
84 The architect, Frank Gehry was born in Canada. He lives in Los Angeles and is 87 years old. He "Americanized" his name from Goldberg to Ghery (he is Jewish).
85 This Ghery building has been called by the legendary architect Philip Johnson as, "the greatest building of our time".
86 The siding is made of titanium. This metal is extremely difficult to work with, but Ghery insisted on it because it was the only metal that reflected the light just the way he wanted it.
87 Truly, when I have seen pictures in the past, I didn't think much of it but, when you see it in person, it is beautiful.
88 One of the art objects outside the building.
94 Museum from inside
98 Art object
99 View from inside the museum.
100 6 Nude Ladies - the artist blended some paint just the way he wanted it, and then had 6 nude ladies roll around it. Believe me, I didn't make this up!
101 Old town Bilbao
103 We board the bus and return to the Orion. This is our last look at the museum.
104 Kids playing soccer in a shopping mall.
110 Host pouring cider
120 Inside a tapas bar
122 Town Hall
123 Town Hall
124 Local Drunk
125 Cider House
126 Fill 'er up
127 Basque Music
148 Cognac Distillery
149 Cognac Distillary
150 Cognac Distillary
151 Cognac Distillary
152 Cognac Distillary
159 Vauban citadel.
162 Prison cell within the citadel.
163 Claude Monet used to paint here. Cote Sauvage (Wild coast).
168 Officially, one of the most beautiful villages in France. This one is in Western Brittany. St. Ronan Church (15th century)
184 Mont St. Michel, located about 1Km off the coast. It is totally an island for half the day (when the tide is in) There has been a monistary since the 8th century.
191 Church at the top of Mont. St. Michelle
201 This is a giant treadwheel powered by 6-workers hamster style to haul 2-ton loads of stones and supplies from the landing below.
206 Sainte-Mère-Église (St. Mary's Church). About 1 in the morning of June 6, 1944 the American 82 and 101st airborne divisions parachuted into the French town of St. Mare Eglise. The object was to take the town from the Germans and cut off a couple of German divisions. By morning, the town was in American hands. One of the paratroopers got caught in the bell tower. Miraculously no one shot at him and he lived.
209 Normandy Beach
210 82nd Airborne Paratroops visiting the D-Day sites.
211 82nd Airborne Paratroops
220 Our French cousins, Alan and Martine
221 Ron and Glenda
222 St. Catherine's Church dates to the 2nd half of the 15th century.
223 Alan and Ron walking down a street in Honfleur
227 Going up the Thames.
231 The Prospect of Whitby. It dates from about 1540. In former times it was a meeting place for sailors, smugglers, cut-throats and footpads
233 Oddly, we have the Dixie Queen on the Thames River