The Gallery: Spectacular

When we got invited to London for the Guinness World of Records party, I knew we needed to do more with our day. We needed to make the trip to London worthwhile. And right now, there is really only one thing to be doing in London. You can go on the London Eye another time, you can see Buckingham Palace and Big Ben or take a trip on the Thames another time. But the poppies at the Tower of London will be gone very soon. We couldn’t ignore that.

It was a bit of a trek from Paddington – after a long train journey too. There were a lot of changes of tube and it was already past lunchtime. The kids were tired, hungry and fed up (and to be honest, they weren’t the only ones).

Then we stepped out of Aldgate tube station and were met with an amazing site – The Gherkin. To us country bumpkins, London skyscrapers are spectacular. They are iconic. (Plus we keep seeing them on The Apprentice.) And there was The Cheese Grater and The Walkie Talkie too. The kids were very excited. All thoughts of hunger were forgotten as the boys got out their mobile phones to take pictures of these incredible buildings.

London, Skyline, The Gallery

And we still had the main event – the Tower of London and the poppies.

The crowds in themselves were spectacular. I think the fact that three of my son’s friends were there on the same day (all separately) probably gives you some idea of just how popular it was. It was packed. There were people everywhere. But the poppies were clearly visible.

It was truly a spectacular sight – red as far as the eye could see. So beautiful, yet so poignant. Every one of them representing a soldier who had given their life. What an incredible, visual way to make our generation and our children’s generation realise the sacrifice of those who went before us.

The crowds were incredible, the tube journey was a bit of a hassle, but I’m so pleased we took the time out to visit this little piece of history.

Poppies, Tower of London, Remembrance, London, 365

This was written in response to a prompt on The Gallery at Sticky Fingers. Pop over to see how others have interpreted the theme ‘spectacular’.

Author: Sarah Mummy

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21 Comments

  1. I love the Tower of London and can only imagine how impressive this must look. Its such an impressive idea by someone to do this, and the way they all spill out of the window.

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    • It is an amazing idea and it’s so impressive to see! The way they spill out of the window gives it a real focus (but it does remind me slightly of that horrible thing with pumpkins where someone cuts them and leaves the insides hanging out so it looks like they’re vomiting!).

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  2. Most certainly a spectaular sight. The poppes is one of the most impressive and poignant displays I’ve seen in a long time. x

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    • It certainly is! It’s a fantastic and moving sight. I’m so glad I went to see it. x

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    • Thanks very much, they really are amazing! The event was great, but I’m sure a holiday in Turkey was preferable!

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  3. Great photos – I always feel like a bumpkin when I’m in London (despite living in the second city!) Can’t wait to see the poppies on Friday when down in the big smoke for a meeting.

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    • Enjoy them! It will be the last few days, so a great time to see them! We feel like bumpkins too, but wouldn’t think people living in Birmingham would feel like that!

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    • I don’t think I’ve heard of anyone who has been disappointed by them.

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    • Thanks very much, it certainly is! x

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  4. Wonderful pictures. I haven’t ever seen the gherkin close up. I’m hoping to see the poppies on Friday.

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    • That’s the closest we’ve got to the Gherkin. I hope you get to see the poppies on Friday.

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  5. The pictures of the poppies look rather impressive, it must have been amazing to visit there. I would quite like to go myself!

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    • It is amazing and definitely worth a visit! Not many days left now, though.

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  6. Thanks very much!

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  7. It’s beyond spectacular isn’t it (the tower poppies). I love the angle of your first photo.

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    • It certainly is! It’s quite breathtaking. I’m so glad I got to see them.

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  8. Wow they are so breathtaking. I would have loved to see them but we didn’t have time at half term. It is such an amazing sight though and an amazing memory for you to have.

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    • I’m really pleased we got to see them. We wouldn’t have made a special trip to London just to see them, so I’m glad we could tie it in with something else.

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