Friday, April 25, 2014

Ghost of Blackfriars Bridge, London, Anglophile Friday

Pilings from the old
LB & SCR Railway
(London, Brighton and South Coast Railway 1846-1922)


Blackfriars Bridge





One night, after meeting outside St. Paul's Tube Stop and following a ghost around a particular neighborhood in London, the group returned to St. Paul's. We needed to get to Blackfriar's Tube Stop in order to take the train back to our hotel. London's puzzling enough in the daylight, but even more so after dark.

As my daughters and I were studying a London tube map, suddenly, our tour ghost appeared before us, took pity upon us, and offered us a ride to Blackfriars. Who wouldn't get into a car with a ghost?

We knew he had a reputation to uphold and doubted that he was going to turn into a serial killer that night.

It was amazing how deftly he sped through London traffic to get us where we needed to go.




Shaughan Seymour, actor and tour guide, was a superb guide for 'Ghosts of the Old City,' informing us of so many interesting facts about the area while scaring us to death and even breaking into song, often at the same time.  Quite the fun experience.





"...when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life."

- Samuel Johnson 



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28 comments:

Denise said...

Very interesting.

Mike Biles said...

Ah, but old Sam didn't have to put up with the traffic. I confess I enjoy London much more now than I'm not there most days - and it is an amazing city to visit.

Sandra said...

what fun, I have never even seen a ghost much less had one as a driver... no beautiful columns like this to hold up our railways..

Jacquelineand.... said...

Those pillars are so sculptural!

Sounds like a very fun time btw. =)

Paulette said...

How I would love to visit London, but that would mean landing at Heathrow airport, not one of my favorite places. Great photos.

Pamela Gordon said...

Wonderful bridge photos but that ghost tour guide is rather creepy looking. I guess he gets right into the role playing. Have a great day!

Susie said...

That is a strange and spooky look. Those pillars need to be recycled...it seems a waste for them to just stand there. I would love to visit London one day. xoxo,Susie

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Love those old pilings. I've never seen nor heard of a ghost tour guide. Sounds like fun.

TexWisGirl said...

kinda spooky, nonetheless! neat pilings!

podso said...

You really had an interesting time in London. Love the quote.

Terri D. said...

Great photos, as always! Joe and I love to go on the ghost tours when we travel! You really do learn so much history from the tour guides! Fun!!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I loved that post. I think I would have been scared during the tour: the actor seems amazing!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That is so awesome. I would love to take that tour. Love the quote from Samuel Johnson, I agree and can't wait to go back to London!

NanaDiana said...

Wow- He LOOKS scary! What a fun experience that must have been. I LOVE the architecture of those old bridge supports. Amazing! xo Diana

Ida said...

Oh that sounds fun but I'm not so sure about being scared by the Ghost Guide. - I skip the scary part of the Corn Maze at Halloween because I don't like being scared. Those Pillars were really cool looking.
Also following your blog now via e-mail and Google Follower.

Ruth Kelly said...

Creepy, I am not sure I would have gone with him.

camp and cottage living said...

Mr. Seymour does look quite scary!
but it sounds like such a fun adventure you had and very memorable too.

Buttons said...

That is one very awesome ghost. I have never been to London it is beautiful well your photos show that:)Hug B

Poppy said...

Hi Judy,

So nice to meet you!

Wow! What an adventure! Imagine that...being chauffeured around London by your very own ghost!

Amazing pics!

Happy weekend!

Poppy

RIZALENIO said...

What a fun tour! Wonderful photos. :)

Chel C said...

I do love going under the bridges here and then seeing just the columns of this bridge. There's always so many quirky things behind every corner! Have a wonderful weekend. xx

Suzan Sweatman said...

What a fun time that must have been!!!
Not quite the same but we had a comedian take us on a tour of Manhattan once - he should have been on stage - made the tour incredible.
AND I LOVE THE QUOTE at the end of your post !!!
Happy Saturday Judy!
XOXO

Terra said...

Now that tour guide really gets into his role.

Vee said...

That's quite a quote from Samuel Johnson. London has always been fascinating I guess.,

J_on_tour said...

I think my London experiences have been a bit sheltered in more ways than one. Saw some photos yesterday from someone who hadn't been for years and took random shots from the tour bus ... never seen half of it before. My knowledge is like little jigsaw pieces radiating from key tube stations, although that's probably as a result of a walk I did many years ago from Paddington to Kings Cross via the key sights to St Pauls. The slightly uphill climb all the way along Farringdon road for 2 miles taught me about tube passes.
"When a man is tired "in" London ...... haha

bailey-road.com said...

Fascinating tour.

Roan said...

Creepy! But looks like fun!

Joy said...

Judy, your photographs are beautiful, and I loved the story! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Treasure Box Tuesday! :)

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