Upon exiting the Westminster tube stop, gnomes get a glimpse of the London Eye that greets you. Crossing the River Thames, you can capture this shot of Britain’s iconic Parliament building. Yes, friends, it was cold and gloomy the last time furrylittlegnome visited – much like the present day.
Rebuilt in the mid-1850’s after a fire, this gothic style building known as the Houses of Parliament, or the Palace of Westminster, is home to the United Kingdom’s legislative process – the House of Lords, the House of Commons and the British Prime Minister can be found here. As you can see, the United States mirrors this but with other fancy terms: Representatives, Senators and President. Enough politics…
Part of the Parliament building stands the Elizabeth Tower – commonly known as Big Ben. An impressive 316 feet (96m), Big Ben is the nickname given to the bell in the clock tower.
Crossing over the River Thames on Bridge Street, we get a closer look at these two buildings.
I love this building and your post.
Besides the chimes…I wonder how far out you can go and still be able to read the clock face.
I have heard much about the term “tea time” just what time is that? 🙂
The pictures don’t do the clock face justice. It is a very large tower! Remarkable! Last May, I went to “Afternoon Tea” at a place called Fortnum & Mason (furrylittlegnome blogged about it). From what I learned there, tea time is in between lunch and dinner/supper – kind of what we would think of as an afternoon snack! Tea sandwiches and sweet cakes served with tea!
Well that narrows it down. 🙂
Grandchild watches Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends and often Sir Toppem Hat request the days work done by Tea Time.
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Great narrative and photo shots. This is my first time seeing the Big Ben. Thank you for taking me there.
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