I may not be a professional photographer (yet!), but I love to take photos. I’ve always loved to take photos, and sometimes when I get going, I sit at the computer and can edit them foreeeeeeeever. Forever and ever! When I was a kid, I used up rolls and rolls of film on a little yellow point-and-click camera, capturing everything. (The photos are mostly back home in the States now, so I’ll post some of them one day)
Part of this whole photography obsession is just for my own personal amusement, and part of it is because I love sharing them with everyone on my blog. Even before I came to Japan, I would share all kinds of random photos from my college life in Phoenix!
Well, this is me, it is who I am, and I understand that there are places in the worldwhere photographs aren’t permitted for one reason or other. But it just makes me sad that some of the coolest tourist areas that I went in London didn’t allow photos.
That’s not to say that I don’t have photos of the area, and outside of the buildings, but not the inside!! It makes my heart sad. (There are still some cool photos that I want to share with you, though, so click on through!!)
Miho and I thought that it would be a good idea to walk from Platform 9¾ to the British Museum, and we saw some great architecture along the way.
Oops, this isn’t architecture! I just thought, “hmm, there are sleepy people in London, too.”
I said it the other day too, but I wish that Tokyo was this cool-looking. I suppose that it is cool in its own way, but medieval European architecture is just so darned beautiful! I can’t even imagine seeing this kind of thing every day. It must be like living in a wonderland!
We got a little lost because I only had Apple maps on my iphone (I had just upgraded to 5, and there was no Google maps app yet!), and it is just all kinds of wrong. We did eventually end up at the British Museum, though. At the back door in fact!
It was HUGE. Huge and awesome, with GIANT ceilings and marble columns and all sorts of roman-things, and we walked right into rooms full of greek statues! This is what it must feel like walking into the Parthenon! Truly a life-changing experience, especially for a geeky girl like me who is obsessed with history and culture and learning!! (Bet you didn’t know that)
We only could stay for a few minutes, though, because our London Passes were only good for three days, and entry to the British museum is free to everyone so it seemed wasteful to use up our limited pass time on something we could go to any day. We intended to come back and experience it fully after the passes were ran out, and only take a peek now, but we ended up being really short on time on this trip and never came back! When I go back to London next time, The British Museum is the first place to visit on my list! If I stayed in London for a month, I would seriously go every day.
Since we didn’t have much time, I made a beeline for the mummies. It was my first time seeing real mummies and sarcophagi in person. Museums in Japan and the US tend to be ridiculously expensive, and good museums are only in the big cities, so I just had never had the money or opportunity before (Miho thought that it was really odd). Hey, America is BIG and for most of my life I lived in relatively small towns. It’s kind of a fantasy of mine to be able to go to places like this every day.
So, here, I was like, MUMMMMMMIIIIIIIEEEESSSS!!!! ﾔｯﾀ━━━ヾ(*≧∀≦*)ﾉ━━━!!!
IT’S A REAL MUMMY OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG. THIS WAS A REAL PERSON OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG.
And real live hieroglyphs. OMG I could cry.
Since Miho and I had a full day planned, we looked around the gift shop briefly, and headed toward the exit, when suddenly Miho ran up to me.
“JAMIE! A MOAI!! A moai for you!” She knows me well, and we had just been talking about our bucket lists the night before.
It was a real Moai!! You know, from Easter Island! Sitting on top of a moai is on my bucket list and you may laugh at me because it seems silly and it may not ever be possible, since climbing on them is forbidden, but am going to try to get permission one day in the future.
I felt like I was one step closer to my goal just by seeing one in person. (*´>ω<｀*) So laugh at me, I don’t care!
It was much smaller than I’d expected, though. I guess this one was just a baby Moai.
We left through the front of the building this time, and across the street. But, what is everyone looking at? I thought.
I turned around, and then I understood. The front of the museum is AWESOME!! It was so amazing that I couldn’t even fit it all in my camera! Wide angle lens, I need one. 🙂
While searching for our next destination, St. Paul’s Cathedral, I spotted this cutie!
The Subways in London are very far underground. Soooooooo far underground that it took forever to get up the escalators just to transfer lines. There is seriously no easy way to transfer in London! It’s like each one took transfer took ten minutes just to go up and down 3-story high escalators, walk down long tunnels, and then down others!
At least there were a lot of cool posters!
It took a while to get to ground level, but we did and THERE IT WAS! The fence around famous St. Paul’s cathedral! Woo!
Aaaaaaaaaaand there it was, poking through the trees! You can’t tell yet, but this thing is MASSIVE.
You still can’t tell, but is it SERIOUSLY MASSIVE!
Look at the people compared to just the low front facade.
Across the street was this bakery. This bakery isn’t Japanese? There is one at my station here in Japan, and they are really good. I thought that it was a Japanese company. >.> (I also thought street bakeries were a Japanese thing, since we don’t have them where I come from in the US)
I was standing across the street trying to get these photos, but nothing I did would let more than a tiny section of the Cathedral fit into the viewfinder! It’s times like this that I really wish that I had all of the lenses that a pro has (okay, I always wish that).
Maybe this gives a better sense of the scale. Standing at the bottom, the entrance itself looked like this..
This man looks tiny compared to the massive column!
It was then that I saw the “No Photography” signs. There is no photography allowed inside!!!
YOU HAVE GOT TO BE FREAKING KIDDING ME.
Because the inside is not only massive, it is breathtaking.
I understand that this is a working church (although I don’t see why), and people (who?) actually go there to worship, but.. but.. seriously, the inside was SO detailed, SO gorgeous that I could have spent a year inside and still not seen everything.
I wish.. I really, really wish that photos were allowed. It just doesn’t seem fair. The footsteps of people inside was loud enough to drown out camera clicks, and if people agreed not to use flashes or take photos of worshippers or clergymen, I don’t really see why they should not allowed. Unless it’s a money thing. Someone maybe thought erroneously that not allowing photos would lead to more people coming in for the experience.
What? I mean.. COME ON.
:/ It was really gorgeous, but I can’t share it with anyone. I guess you will have to go there yourself to experience it, but I can only half-recommend it. St. Paul’s Cathedral is gorgeous– one of the most beautiful things that I’ve ever seen in my life– but “no photos allowed” makes me kind of bitter. >_>
It turns out that St. Paul’s was not the only tourist place in London to ban photos, though! I’ll cover that when I’ve recovered a little from the residual indignity. RAWR.