Saturday, February 23, 2008

Regent Street from Oxford Circus

Classic shot from London streets

Yesterday I mentioned the space you have in the Paris boulevards, I very much compare that with London where the streets are cramped and so noisy with the old fashioned busses, that I get the immediate urge to leave a "canyon" like Regent Street as soon as possible. I truly get claustrophobic in there. Instead of messing about with congestion charges, they mayor of London should consider closing the centre of London for traffic and making the Tube free in Zone 1.

As for Paris, it is Baron Haussmann we have to thank for the spacious boulevards. But his reason was not our well being, his main aim was to allow battalions and artillery to enter the streets of Paris to cut down rebellions and in doing so he destroyed most of the medieval city. :-(

Camera: Pentax *ist DS, lens: Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX APO