One of the scenes I remember the most from Mary Poppins as I was growing up, is the sight of the Banks children being told about the old woman who sits on the steps of the cathedral, feeding the birds for “tuppence a bag”. Oh, I knew those songs by heart and I still love them!
Yesterday I was ON those same steps, the steps of St Pauls….reliving that childhood movie in my mind.
St Paul’s is as beautiful inside as it is out, but you really can’t get in there without a hefty admittance fee, and since we only had 30 minutes it just wasn’t a good time to dawdle, though I would have loved to.
One thing I have found about London---the buildings are so close together that it is hard to get far enough away to include the whole building in your shot. If I could get the top spires, the photo wouldn't include the steps, if I took photos of the steps, I was missing the dome and the other architecture.
So this is kind of a dissected version of St Paul’s Cathedral Magificent as it is!
Shooting from HERE gave me this shot:
So here are other photos I took around the grounds in no certain order that I can determine:
Gateway, spire behind.
Our crowd and our guide talking about the gate --
The famous dome of St Paul’s.
Side of front spire
Front looking up
Bottom half of front from across the street.
((And still not far enough away to fit in the whole thing and I couldn’t move back any farther!))
Crazy winged angel-fairy in Irish colors with a tennis racquet shooting tennis balls at the front.
((WHAT?!?? I know right?!))
The top of the steps
Sing along with me now…”Feed the birds, tuppence a bag…..”
Inside the vestibule ----
Some entombed guy. Through the iron bars at a side alter…no sign telling who this is. I’d google it, but I’m writing this in the hotel room where I’m not connected to wifi.
The ONE picture I took of the inside….
BEFORE someone stopped me and told me that photos were not allowed. OOPS! My Bad! And seriously, there was no signage anywhere stating that photos were not allowed.
It’s a church, it’s still an active place of worship. But it is treated like a museum, and I am sure there are lots of expenses on maintenance and cleaning and upkeep and repair because thousands of people flock to this spot daily….but I can’t help but think if Jesus H Christ himself walked in the door, they’d tell HIM that he couldn’t take photos either.
And. They would charge him 20 pounds admittance.
**End of soap box**
I was hoping for some tile floor inspiration from this tourist stop, but since we couldn't really get in..it will have to wait for another time!
Today was V & A Museum day! More photos of our England Adventure 2014 to follow!