New York Cool Photographer
Krisztina Fazekas is spending the year in London
where she is studying for her Masters Degree in
Photography. She will be sending us reports on
the London scene. Here is her report and photographs
about the fall of 2007 London sightseeing:
Report: It is my first tour of London and
there is definitely is a lot to see. First, I
am going to concentrate on inner London and I
am choosing the best, if not the fastest way to
get around - I walk.
House of Parliament
London Eye Observation Wheel
From almost anywhere
in inner London, it’s almost impossible
to miss seeing Big Ben and the Parliament. And
you can see The London Eye from almost everywhere
in center London. Although one of my Londoner
friends recommended that I start my tour at Victoria
Embankment, I quickly switched banks and crossed
the Westminster Bridge to the South Bank of Thames.
I immediately entered
Dali’s Universe It is the biggest Dali Collection
in the world, showing five hundred of Dali’s
works. For more information about Dali's Universe,
Star Wars Exhibition
There was also
a Star War Exhibition going on in London in the
old home of the Saatchi Gallery. The Saatchi Gallery
will reopen in early 2008 at a new location.
Live Sculpture of Captain
Jack Sparrow of The Pirates of the Carribean
The South Bank is filled with tourists and is
home to incredible live-sculpture and street musicians.
It’s also the gathering place for the young
skate-boarders, BMX riders and graffiti artists.
When I re-cross
Waterloo Bridge back to the Embankment there is
Cleopatra’s Needle, an ancient rose-pink
granite obelisk from Egypt that was made in about
1475 BC in Heliopolis.
Trafalgar Square and National
Leaving the bank
of the Thames, I see Trafalgar Square and National
Gallery. From Trafalgar Square, I walk to St.
James Park through the Admiralty Arch and finally
reach Buckingham Palace, the end of my first day's
London is crazy
New Yorkers believe
they live in the craziest city on Earth but I
have to disappoint; London is actually crazier.
I lived in New York for four year, attending all
the big festivals and carnivals, but I have never
seen so many people than at the Notting
Hill Carnival . Two million Londoners showed
up to party in one ten by ten block space.
The Notting Hill
Carnival has been rocking London on the last weekend
in August since 1965. The festival was started
by black immigrants from the Caribbean, particularly
those from Trinidad where the Carnival tradition
is very strong. The festival was quickly embraced
by the locals who dreamed of creating a festival
to bring together the poor residents of Notting
Hill who were battling racism, lack of work opportunities
and poor housing conditions. Nowadays there is
a strong Brazilian and Jamaican presence influence
in the Carnival.
go to make up the carnival: Mas' (masquerade);
Steelband; Calypso (political, social and satirical
commentary, set to music); Soca (the traditional
music of Carnival, a fusion of Soul and Calypso);
Static Sound Systems; and Samba all play part
in the Carnival.
The big difference
between a festival in New York and London is that
in London people are part of the carnival, they
don’t have to stand behind cordons. There
are Bobbies (London cops) everywhere, and when
the carnival procession arrives they just simply
ask people to step back. And it works out just
fine. At the end everybody joins in and marches
with the carnival. Another difference between
New York and London is that is not a problem to
hold a beer in London on the street. Little music
booths are everywhere and all over the neighborhood,
people are dancing in the streets. So it’s
worth to plan a London trip around this event,
because probably this is the biggest party in
the country .
For more on the
carnival, log onto: www.nottinghillcarnival.biz
And if it’s
not enough to name the Londoners the craziest
on Earth, let me tell you about the Zombie
Walk (Bank Holiday Monday27th of August).
This year’s walk attempted to break the
world’s record for the largest number of
zombies to gather in one place (there were 894
zombies recorded in Pittsburgh in 2006). This
event was part of a horror film festival, FrightFest
and also a great promotion for a movie, The Zombie
Diaries, which was nominated the best UK horror
film of the year and was launched on DVD the same
day as the Walk. (http://www.thezombiediaries.co.uk/)