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Beautiful England

 

Hastings

Hastings is a town in East Sussex, England, most famous for the Battle of Hastings in 1066. This town is a home to the largest beach-launched fleet in Europe, the ruins of the first castle in England to be built by William the Conqueror.

Hastings Castle located on a cliff top of the West Hill is a great part of English history from 1066 to modern days. The savage storms of the 13th century brought chaos to Hastings, so the large parts of the castle fell into the sea.

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The Old Town is a charming mix of beautiful houses, narrow streets, museums, fish market and famous local sunken ships.

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Pevensey Bay

Pevensey Bay is a beautiful and cozy old fishing village founded in 1600 as Wallsend, the end of the sea wall from Eastbourne.

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Pevensey castle

Pevensey Castle has a history stretching back over 1700 years, beginning in the 4th century as one of the strongest Roman Saxon Shore forts, two-third of whose towered walls still stand. Its impressive ruins stand on what was once a peninsula surrounded by sea and salt marsh projecting from the mainland of the Sussex coast.

Lewes

At the heart of Sussex lies an amazing town of Lewes (probably founded in 6th century), a mixture of medieval streets, old English churches, tiny alleyways. Lewes is also a market town of small independent retailers, bookshops, music shops.

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Harvey’s Brewery.

Established in 1790 and handsomely rebuilt in 1880 by William Bradford. The only survivor of the town’s seven Victorian breweries.

M Hamid Star Pottery

Star Pottery was established in Lewes in 1989 and since then Mohamed Hamid and his students and associates produce a wide range on amazingly beautiful handmade items.

Lewes Castle

Castle was built soon after one of the great turning points in English history. It is more than 900 years old and one of the earliest Norman strongholds in England.

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Ruins of 11th century monastery

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Redoubt Fortress

Fortress dating back 200 years, was built to defend against Napoleon and was used in WWI and WWII.

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Wish Tower

Martello Tower Number 66

In the beginning of 19th century the British Empire feared a French invasion so 74 Martello towers were built along the Kent and Sussex coastlines from Folkstone to Seaford between 1805 and 1808.

Beachy Head

The White Chalk Cliffs at Beachy Head were formed between 65 and 100 million years ago when the land was completely covered by the sea.

The light from the Beachy Head Lighthouse first shone on the 2nd October 1902.

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Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

The hills and dips of the chalk cliffs between Cuckmere Haven and Birling Gap all have names. The original Seven Sisters now count as eight due to erosion dividing two of the hills.

The view of the white cliffs just makes you feel so amazed!

There is also a lighthouse built on the hill, the light from which first shone on the 11 October 1834.

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London, St. James Park

 

 

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Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, Roundhouse, London, 24 Sept 2018

Pink Floyd famously opened the Roundhouse venue back in 1966 and yesterday Nick Mason and his supergroup Saucerful of Secrets returned there with an amazing setlist of their early classics. I was absolutely thrilled by the crystal clear sound, fantastic visuals, psychedelic music. It was like a time traveling to 60s.

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Harry Potter WB Studio Tour “Hogwarts in the snow”

It was a great and unusual experience to spend some time at Hogwarts before Christmas and discover how film-makers created fire, ice and snow. The spectacular Great Hall was decorated with many festive details and covered in silver sparkling snow. Two large tables were set for Christmas dinner with prop versions of roast turkeys, puddings surrounded by real flames. The Great Hall stage was decorated as it was for the iconic Yule Ball. The top section of the Great Hall was transformed with snow-covered Christmas trees, icicles and an orchestra of magical instruments.

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The Gryffindor Common Room and Boys’ Dormitory were decorated with the original props including handmade Christmas cards, and other small and cute festive details.

The Gryffindor Common Room.

Boys’ Dormitory.

The Burrow, the home of the Weasley family, looked very cozy and Christmassy.

Dumbledore’s office.

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Hagrid’s hut is a place of friendship and safety for Harry, Ron and Hermione.

The Forbidden Forest.

Platform nine and three-quarters.

The Hogwarts Express locomotive appeares in all of the Harry Potter films. The train brings new and returning students from London to Hogwarts. To create the Hogwarts Express, the filmmakers rescued an abandoned steam locomotive named Olton Hall (built in 1937).

Of course, it’s necessary to try butterbeer which tastes like a mix of cream soda and lemonade with delicious butterscotch cream on top.

There was outside area too where you could see Knight Bus for example.

Number four, Privet Drive, is the residence of the Dursleys and Harry Potter.

The Diagon Alley set was changed for the winter season too. The original design of the street combined the rich details from the Harry Potter books with inspiration from the streets described in the works of Charles Dickens.

The Hogwarts castle model was transformed with a layer of sparkling snow.

 

 

 

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Christmas mood in London!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in London. Beautiful sparkling lights have been switched almost on every street.

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Christmas is officially begun in Leicester square as city’s festive and cozy market offering everything from gifts to tasty treats. It’s easy to feel Christmas and New Year mood while visiting this nice market. By the way, William Shakespeare is celebrating Christmas with everyone else there!

Carnaby street looks like exotic tropical garden this year!

Covent Garden market. 

House of MinaLima celebrates Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima graphic works for Harry Potter franchise as well as their own creations. It is a combination of a beautiful and interesting gallery and store which looks so cozy and Christmassy nowadays.

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Skating rink at the Tower of London looks very impressive. It is located exactly where a moat used to be centuries ago!

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Tower Bridge.

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Another great and unusual place for a skating rink! This is Sommerset House, a large and magnificent Neoclassical building which is home for arts and learning and a popular film location.

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Beautiful streets of London.

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Colorful and crowded Portobello market with a great amount of vintage shops. The most famous one is Alice’s or Mr.Gruber’s if you like Paddington Bear movies. 😊

Cute Paddington Bear is sitting on the railway platform under the large station clock where Mr. and Mrs. Brown first met him! 🐻😊

There are also many P.B. installations around the city, which are dedicated to the new movie out in November! For example, in front of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

And in front of the O2 arena.

The final picture shows true London classics: Trafalgar square which is surrounded by a lot of red buses.

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Deep Purple “The Long Goodbye Tour”, London

Deep Purple can never disappoint! Absolutely great musicians, incredible acoustics, setlist which included some classics and new songs that sound really cool live. The sound was amazing, crystal clear and so detailed! Visual effects of the show were very special too.  

I still hope it will not be their goodbye tour, and they continue making people around the world happy with their music and live shows!

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Beautiful London

London is an amazingly beautiful city with so many historical sights! It can’t be boring to come back there again and again and explore new hidden places or cozy streets or even the most famous sights.

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Tower of London

Victoria embarkment and purple sky

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London Eye Pier

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Great architecture of cozy London streets

Victoria & Albert Museum

Greenwich Park

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St. Pancras Railway Station

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Jimi Hendrix’s former London flat

Jimi Hendrix lived at this flat on the upper floors of 23 Brook Street while he was staying in London in 1968-69. Now it is opened as a museum. The bedroom was decorated by Jimi in his own style including curtains, ornaments and many other things. It took me quite a lot of time to notice all the small details that make this flat look really specific. Another room at the museum has a wall of album covers, and an index of the music played on the Bang & Olufsen turntable.

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Pink Floyd Exhibition – Their Mortal Remains

I visited Pink Floyd exhibition in London last week. Absolutely worth seeing it! It is not just an exhibition but a great virtual tour through all years of Pink Floyd breathtaking music. It is divided by sections, each of which is dedicated to a particular band’s album and contains not only musical instruments, hand-written lyrics etc but also many pieces of art that had a great cultural impact on live rock performance. Each section is definitely a small world that really amazed and impressed me. The last part of an exhibition is a live show which contains a great lighting and even laser show. Everything is just beyond the imagination!!!
Here are some pictures I took at the exhibition, but if you are going to visit it, better skip them, you can find many spoilers here! 🙂

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Buddy Guy in London

Buddy Guy once again! 🙂 This time in London! It is impossible to get tired of his shows! Buddy and his band always sound fantastic and they really love what they are doing, and the audience loves them back! The venue was filled with happiness, amazing music and smiles as usual.