Banqueting House. London, England, UK


Banqueting House. London, England, UK

This is another one of the gems that I found during my Rick Steeves Walking Podcast of Doom. During the 17th Century, the balcony at the top of the dome [the window facing the street on the corner] was where they would execute monarchy with a crowd waiting and, presumably, cheering on below. If you’re a fan of Ruben, he painted the ceiling. This was also a part of a 17th Century palace which burned to the ground and only this part remained.

[Other than the truly fascinating history of the building, I love the juxtaposition of the red bus v the white building v the blue sky.]

If you would like to learn more about the events, the Banqueting House website has a useful timeline from the beginning of the 17th Century to the present as well as truncated histories of related monuments and how they all relate to each other. 🙂


Ste Jeanne d’Arc near L’Hôtel Le Meurice. Paris, France.


Ste Jeanne d’Arc near L’Hôtel Le Meurice. Paris, France. 2012.

Life Lessons Learned Whilst Travelling: Always be ready to take pictures. Don’t stand in the middle of the street and don’t get run over. This was in the middle of a street and I stopped to snap this…while dodging vehicles. Not recommended. #ExtremePhotography haha