Sphinx on Victoria EmbankmentView All Sizes
JOURNAL : May 3, 2002
The boat dropped us off at Victoria Embankment and we nabbed a few shots here and there, nothing particularly stunning, but a bit more o' the peculiar and novel if I do say so m'self.
Unfortunately I have lost the black n' white shots I took on our boat ride up the Thames so there are no photos of the river in this batch.
Cleopatra’s NeedleView All Sizes
We came upon Cleopatra's Needle and its guardian Sphinx near the tube station. The obelisk is misnamed, as it was constructed by Pharaoh Thutmose III some 1400 years before the birth of the Greek Cleopatra. Its connection to her is that it was placed in a temple she constructed for one of her lovers, either Julius Caesar or Mark Antony.
The ancient Egyptian artifact was later made a gift to the UK by Muhammad Ali, the ruler of Egypt and Sudan in 1819, but did not arrive in London until 1878.
These classic ornate public fixtures caught my eye. I must have looked like an idiot gawking and snapping photos of curious lampposts and decorative benches, but hey — I'm a tourist!
Victoria EmbankmentView All Sizes
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May 3, 2002
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