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Sensory Travel

by Mica Pointer

The great thing about travel is that you get to experience so much more than what is available in a book. In a book you see pictures, but while your visual senses may be satisfied, your other senses of sound and smell and touch are grievously ignored.

For this post, I have chosen several locations from around London, captured them from afar, and them focused on one small detail that would pass as being insignificant if you were not there to experience it. In this way, I hope to create a sensory journal of what it was like to actually be there. Not so that I could vainly hope to replace what it was like, but to create a better informed impression, stimulate my memory, and hopefully give others a better idea  of what this fantastic city is like.

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The Albert Memorial

Detail of the fence surrounding the Albert Memorial – surprisingly smooth ironwork.

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Rear view of the Royal Albert Hall

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Entrance to the Victoria and Albert Museum

Bomb damaged sustained to the Victoria and Albert Museum during World War II.

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Buckingham Palace. Iconic, as always.

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Saint Paul’s Cathedral.

Base of the fifth column from the left at Saint Paul’s Cathedral. Very rough surface.

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The reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater.

Railing inside Shakespeare’s Globe. What looks like marble is actually painted wood, an apparently common effect used in Shakespeare’s time.

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View of the Blackfriars Station, bridge, and Thames from the Embankment walkway. It smelled like a musty old boat with a good coat of varnish sitting at low tide

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Embankment – Detail. It’s like someone took this for a spin in a cotton-candy machine, there were so many cobwebs!

What used to be the Bankside Power Station now serves as the home for the Tate Modern art museum.

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Rivets from one of the girders supporting the Tate Modern.

Brickwork at the base of the Tate Modern’s smokestack. -Smooth, and not as porous as I thought it would be.

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