London & Iceland Trip
QCon was held at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre and this was the view out one of the common areas.
A view walking down South Bank one night looking back towards the Elizabeth Tower.
A quick look inside the Natural History Museum. At the upper level, far end they have a slice from a giant sequoia tree from California.
As a part of our transportation tour, we biked through Hyde Park and past Buckingham Palace. The Queen was in, but she was too busy to say hi.
Another stop on the transportation tour was the Royal Observatory with the line separating East from West.
A look out from the Royal Observatory over Greenwich Park before we headed back.
We took the cable car across the River Thames as another unique transportation method.
A look southeast down River Thames from the gondola.
A look back East towards the O2 stadium.
Was walking by this building, and it looked interesting…
This is looking out from the main patio of the British Library.
Taking the train up towards Bletchley Park and getting a bit more into the country.
Took a tour of the museum - this was responsible for much of the codebreaking during World War II.
I think my phone might be a little more powerful, but it’s definitely not as loud as this was.
Stopped by Pendley Manor for drinks, and they had peacocks on the property.
There were several other peacocks, but only one special albino one.
Of course, I had to briefly walk by the [touristy] Harry Potter photo op at Kings Cross.
Hey, look, it’s the strange bullet I’ve seen in a lot of pictures.
Built in the late 1600s, this cathedral has hosted quite a few famous events.
Looking out over the city from the Golden Gallery from the top of the cathedral.
It took about 530 steps to climb up to the Golden Gallery for these great views of the city.
A look out towards some of the “skyscrapers” of the city. Previously, no building was allowed to be taller than St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Yet another view, but this time looking back towards the London Eye.
One of those places I’ve heard about and remember from my elementary school textbooks.
Walked through The National Gallery and saw *lots* of paintings and artwork. It’s an impressive collection.
Took a brief break to people watch and eat lunch from Pret a Manger.
Back at the Natural History museum, they had a large exhibit on the dinosaurs.
They had about a dozen large skeletons set up around the exhibit. There were lots of fields trips at the museum.
One exhibit had a whole collection of animals…
And some of them were bigger than others
I’m pretty sure “Mastodon” is a much better name than “Missouri monster”.
Did you know that some of them have double tusks?
Back by for another look at Buckingham Palace. The Queen was there again.
The guards took a break from their posts to briefly march.
Hyde Park, this time walking instead of biking. Seemed like the England version of Central Park.
The museum had a very interesting and impressive entry.
The infamous Rosetta Stone which helped decipher ancient hieroglyphics.
Old vases which looked exactly like a photo from a sixth grade textbook. Pretty sure they’re fairly common though.
An impressive reconstruction of a monument in the museum.
One of *many* rooms displaying recovered wall sculpture segments.
A whole wall of carvings from Africa.
Up close, they were very interesting.
A look back on my way out…
A good yarn shop with great customer service to find gifts for knitters :)
A view of Reyjkavik from the patio of where I stayed.
Down by some of the docks the first evening.
A panorama looking out into the bay. It was very windy that morning.
Snowy weather came through several times, very quickly.
I think the church thought it was a tower of a castle.
City Hall next to (in?) the pond.
But don’t feed the seagulls. There are instructions if you need help.
A massive building at the top of a hill which overlooks the city.
Inside the unique church. The proportions and cement-ness were a bit confusing.
The back of the church had a major set of organ pipes.
While there, a couple people were practicing the organ for a later performance. It was very fun to hear.
They had a small elevator to get to the top of the church where you could look out over the whole city.
The unique house and roof colors were fun to see throughout the city.
A look back towards the lake and City Hall.
Another angle of the city.
While at the top, there was a nice break in the clouds, but more weather was definitely coming.
More views from the top of the tower. I was at the top when the 2 o’clock bells rang.
My hostel was just past the end of the street leading up to this church.
The church had a very distinctive look.
Moments before the weather was tolerable, but it quickly changed and covered the ground with snow within five minutes.
It’s apparently a specialty… but not quite my favorite snack.
There was a patio on top of these six large water tanks just outside downtown.
A look out from on top of the tanks.
The church in the distance is where I was looking out earlier that afternoon.
Walking back from the Saga Museum, this is the back of the church.
A look back up the roadway to the church.
A bar which looks like it should be a London Underground station.
On a bus tour, we traveled a bit North of Reyjkavik through the country.
There were many waterfalls along the way.
Tremors and small earthquakes make it a bit dangerous due to falling rocks.
The landscape of Iceland is very interesting with the cliffs, caves, and hill locations.
The bus made a brief stop at this farm.
About the same place, but looking the other direction towards the ocean.
It looked picturesque.
There was a museum in Skógar with a large collection of old tools and historical items.
Iceland has *very* few trees, so most timber used for boats washed up on shore. When found, land owners would mark the wood as their own.
There was a room with old fiber tools like these swifts.
And old looms, too.
Outside the museum, there were several old turf homes.
A shot looking back down towards the turf houses, museum, and ocean.
Here our group was putting on crampons and boots to get up the glacier.
It was fun hiking up and around the different glacier features.
In the crevasse, there was another tour where you could climb up the glacier walls.
Looking out over the glacier.
A look back towards where we originally started.
We stopped here for a quick water break.
Another panorama of the glacier as we were leaving.
More glacier pictures…
There was a lot of ash across the glacier. Most of it was from an eruption in the early 1900s.
We stopped at the Skógafoss waterfall.
A panorama of the waterfall.
After a tiring hike up, you could look out over the fall.
Looking back towards the river making the waterfall.
After dinner at Anna’s, we stopped at another waterfall - it was very dark and it was lightly raining.
At the waterfall, there was a path that you hike to get around behind the waterfall and look out.
A panorama from the hostel looking across downton Reyjkavik.