Wednesday, November 12, 2008


behind the masks
nero's courtyard
In the courtyard behind the coffee shop was a little bazaar where they were selling all kinds of brightly colored stuff -- rows of bracelets, lines of knitted socks, plastic wallets made to look like Persian rugs. A plaque said the church, like churches all over London, had been destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666, rebuilt by Christopher Wren and damaged "by enemy action" in 1940.

A man was selling masks, purportedly from Africa, and complaining to anyone who would listen about the lack of interest in civil wars and global warming. Usually, vendors don't really like it when I walk around taking pictures, but here no one seemed to care or even notice.


thirtysomething said...

Oh, I LOVE things like that! How fun.

Tash said...

No matter the origin, beads and whatnot make lovely pictures.

Is it time for more tea and scones yet?

samill said...

Hey - just realised you're over here - welcome! Few suggestions if you're stuck:

Stroll along the south bank, have a drink at the NFT bar.

Visit Borough market (Friday, Saturday), quite touristy but worth it. For a real English pub, the royal oak in borough is good for a pint and food.

For a really out the way thing to do, get the train to Nunhead and visit the cemetary. There is a view of St Pauls.

Tate (both), V&A both good. Excellent cold war modernism exhibition on at the V&A at the moment. Current installation in the Tate modern is OK but I've seen better.

Parks - many and the colours are very good this year.

If there's anything specific you want to do let me know and I'll try and suggest something.

slouching mom said...

mmm.... that first photo is so vibrant.

Which Box said...

Am soooo wishing I was in the bazaar with you. Well, only if you were having tea and scones after. Or before. Or both.

beagle said...

Your photos are truly art.

Lisa b said...

I think I know exactly where this is. Even if I am wrong I am so enjoying thinking of the little courtyard behind another little church, so thanks!

Maggie said...

These shots are gorgeous - the detail is amazing. It looks like you are having a fantastic time on your trip!

Julia said...

O! Shiny! Gorgeous shots, as always.