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Old August 2nd, 2006, 11:39 PM   #1
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KT/EU 01 :: LONDON (Part One) :: 90 photos

you last heard from me in june, when i was about to leave with my girlfriend, the indominatable mlle. laine, for europe. six weeks, seven destinations, eleven plane rides: we're back. it wasn't quite a whirlwind tour, since we had about a week to soak up each place, except for lisbon.

i am preparing ten threads that i will post in august and september. this is the first.

KILGORE IN EUROPE :: Photo Schedule

01 -- LONDON (Part One)
02 -- PARIS (Part One)
03 -- ROME
04 -- MADRID (Part One)
05 -- PARIS (Part Two)
06 -- LISBON
07 -- MADRID (Part Two)
09 -- PARIS (Part Three)
10 -- LONDON (Part Three)

the photos in this series were taken by myself, except for those taken by mlle. laine, which are noted.


LONDON
part one

it's been pointed out before, but needs to be said again: london is vast. it is a los angeles linked by rail instead of highways, a world unto itself in a way that only a handful of cities are. our time in london was spent exploring the city from morning until night, walking until our feet hurt and taking breathers on the upper decks of buses as they wound their way through the city.

there were many things i enjoyed about london -- its feeling of completeness, the cultural diversity, the consistent, low-level urbanity spread across hundreds of square miles, never overly intense but always busy, human-scaled and cosy. the place's expense was a real turn-off, though. although we found extremely cheap accommodations, we spent more here just to feed ourselves -- at supermarkets and the cheapest restaurants we could find, no less -- than we spent in total in any other city. everything was prohibitively expensive. everything but books and beer, that is.


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Old August 2nd, 2006, 11:54 PM   #2
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Great photos! Nice to see pics of the people of London, and of places like Brixton!
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Old August 3rd, 2006, 02:18 PM   #3
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Amazing pics!!
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Old August 3rd, 2006, 02:56 PM   #4
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the place's expense was a real turn-off, though. although we found extremely cheap accommodations, we spent more here just to feed ourselves -- at supermarkets and the cheapest restaurants we could find, no less -- than we spent in total in any other city. everything was prohibitively expensive.

Lol, you should have taken advantage of this grocery, 5 plantains for £1 isn't too bad! 4 Peaches for £1 in the other photo could have kept you fed cheaply too.

There are also £5 all you can eat buffets in Chinatown although the quality isn't always up to much.

But yes, London is expensive, even compared to the rest of the UK.
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Old August 3rd, 2006, 04:17 PM   #5
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sure, taken in context, the grocery stores aren't too expensive. (50p croissants at tesco were our breakfast for the whole week!) but it's hard not to convert everything into canadian dollars... and by home standards, £1 for four peaches is very expensive -- and the bad chinese buffets here cost £2.50, not £5. it's silly but you can't help thinking about it.

thanks for the replies!
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Old August 3rd, 2006, 05:14 PM   #6
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I love your pictures of people, I look forward to the rest of the threads
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Old August 3rd, 2006, 05:35 PM   #7
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I'm sorry I'm going to say this, but I will. London looks like a total dump in those pictures. The pictures themselves are nice, perhaps a little dark, but it all looks so depressing. Many are the kinds of places I try to avoid.
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Old August 3rd, 2006, 05:39 PM   #8
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great shots, cant wait for the other cities
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Old August 3rd, 2006, 05:54 PM   #9
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I'm sorry I'm going to say this, but I will. London looks like a total dump in those pictures. The pictures themselves are nice, perhaps a little dark, but it all looks so depressing. Many are the kinds of places I try to avoid.
When you go outside the city-centre of most large cities, you will find a mix of places from poor to rich. "Total-Dump"? I see no slums, no serious poverty, no abandoned runs....
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Old August 3rd, 2006, 06:47 PM   #10
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The pictures themselves are nice, perhaps a little dark
if the photos look dark, you need to adjust your monitor. if it's properly calibrated they should look fairly bright.
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Old August 3rd, 2006, 08:53 PM   #11
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cool pictures of everyday life
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I'm sorry I'm going to say this, but I will. London looks like a total dump in those pictures. The pictures themselves are nice, perhaps a little dark, but it all looks so depressing. Many are the kinds of places I try to avoid.
They are just pictures of everyday people and regular neighbourhoods rather than the usual tourist sightseeing trail and wealthy districts that people often post.I think this makes a nice change and I like goingto these type of areas when i'm visiting a city. I've yet to visit a city that doesn't have its scruffier parts anyway.
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Old August 4th, 2006, 05:41 AM   #13
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Great pics M. kilgoretrout. You've captured the London that I love. Liked that Corbusier-esque apartment complex in picture no. 26. Looking forward to seeing your pics from the rest of your travels.
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Old August 4th, 2006, 09:06 AM   #14
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I love it....you've captured the city, the activity, and the people so wonderfully


can't wait for the rest of the series
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Old August 4th, 2006, 10:17 AM   #15
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Cool series!
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Old August 4th, 2006, 02:28 PM   #16
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Excellent!
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Old August 6th, 2006, 11:19 PM   #17
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I think they are great photos of everyday life in London.
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Old August 7th, 2006, 12:35 AM   #18
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In which parts of London were those shot? They´re really awesome!
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Old August 7th, 2006, 12:59 AM   #19
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Forgetting the subject matter for a second, those pictures are extremely well taken. amazingly well balanced and composed. Youre clearly a natural photographer.
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Nice shots of parts of London which the visitor usually doesnt see. The areas werent super wealthy, but the pictures showed the beautiful architecture that exists even off the beaten path in London, which is the greatest big city in the world IMO.
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