Great Britain


This street is the home of Mean Mister Mustard, Polythene Pam, and Maxwell Edison. I actually won a trivia contest on a cruise ship once. The last question was "What are the names of the three grandchildren in the Beatles' song When I'm Sixty-Four?" Vera, Chuck, and Dave, of course. The famed Abbey Road Studio, where the Beatles recorded their last album... Abbey Road. If you look closely you may see Beatles' graffiti.
This is the street where the picture on the cover of Abbey Road was taken. Looks much different. This is Big Ben. You've all seen this before.
This is Big Ben again, this time with Parliament and across the Thames. Parliament. Grass.
Some guy on a horse with attitude. A path in Hyde Park.
At peace in Hyde Park... Actually I was blinking, but somehow this picture came out all meditative... Looking down the spiral staircase of the Monument. It commemorates the Great Fire of 1666 that destroyed much of London. Started in Pudding Lane nearby.
The are the famed Parthenon freizes. Taken by Lord Elgin in the 19th century, they were brought back to the British Museum in London. The dispute between Greece and England over the "Elgin Marbles" continues to this day. The bustling Trafalgar square.
This is the view from the top of St. Paul's Cathedral in London. St. Paul's is pretty impressive on the inside. It's not the original, however. The original was destroyed in the Great Fire. The current one dates from about the same time. Built by Sir Christopher Wren I think. I'm a timelord from Gallifrey. My chamelon circuit was busted and my TARDIS is now stuck in the form of a police call box. If you didn't get that, then you probably are not a true nerd.
One of the colorful streets of Soho. Obviously I can't show any more detailed pictures. The prize of the British Museum: The Rosetta Stone! This is probably the most important single archaeological find in history. It's the same inscription (from Pharaoh Ptolemy XII or someone) in hieroglyphics, demotic, and Greek. Don't worry if you don't know what demotic is, I'm just an ancient history lover. Since Greek was a known language, they were able to decipher hieroglyphics. The guy who did it was Jean Francois Champollion. When the British defeated Napoleon at Waterloo they made the French give them this rock.
The walls of the Tower of London. It's more like a castle, really. The Crown Jewels are on display inside. Here I am in front of Tower Bridge. I am not sure why I have that expression on my face.
A nice panorama of Tower Bridge and the River Thames. It's not the London Bridge, of course. I think the London bridge is near Lake Havasu or something. No seriously. Westminster Abbey.
"Green and grey washes
In a wispy white veil
Mist in the streets of Westminster."
I'm sure only .00001% got that reference.


This is me at Dover Castle in England. This is one of the coolest castles in Europe - it's the only one I've been in where they let you wander around the grounds and inside. Every other castle had all the cool parts meticulously roped off. Looking up at Dover Castle from the moat. There is tons of stuff on the grounds of the castle. There is a Roman Era lighthouse and miles of underground tunnels built into the chalky cliffs of dover. The were used by the British military during WWII.
More or less the same as above. An interesting juxtaposition? The ruined cathedral was destroyed in WWII.


Lonely ruins atop a hill near Windsor. Part of Windsor Castle, the primary country home for the English monarchy for almost nine hundred years. The current incarnation of this castle is due primarily to Sir Jeffry Wyattville, who rebuilt it for King George IV in the 1820's.
Part of Windsor Castle too. Downtown London... in Legos! Yes, this is Legoland. Look at the woman in the background for a sense of scale.
Operating docks with massive Lego ships. Legoland is powered by its very own "nukular" power plant, a potential dual-use facility!
More of Legoland. A working Tower Bridge!


This is a ruined cathedral from York. That's the cool thing about Europe. They have cool ruins all over the place. Everywhere you go, they have ruins. No one makes a big deal about them... This is the medieval wall of York.

Loch Ness

These are the ruins of Urquhart Castle, right on Lock Ness. Swimming on the back of Nessie, I was able to get this great shot of Urquhart Castle.
The damage inflicted upon this castle by Nessie is staggering. I am obviously joking. Urquhart Castle was destroyed during the English Civil War. This castle is in Inverness, very close to Loch Ness.


This is Stirling Castle. Robert the Bruce lived here I think. Maybe. I don't actually know. They do have a statue of him outside of the castle at least. This is the view from the Wallace National Monument. Remember the guy from "Braveheart"? Yes, somewhere near this river is the bridge where William Wallace trapped the English and slaughtered them. The movie is totally incorrect about the Battle of Stirling Bridge... There was no bridge in the movie!
The countryside near Stirling. The wind on top of the Wallace monument was at least 100 mph... at least...


The next most overrated thing in Europe after the Mona Lisa. It's smaller than you think, you can't get within 100 feet of it, and there are highways all around it. A picture of modern Glasgow from the Necropolis. Pretty strange. There is a huge hill in the middle of the city - and its a graveyard. Can be rather creepy at night.
This is Glasgow Cathedral. Many of the old buildings in Scotland have blackened over time... Read the sign if you liked "Braveheart." One of the pieces of William Wallace was sent to Berwick.
Edinburgh skyline. I actually heard some American tourist at the rail station in London ask "How do I get to Eden-burg." Wow.