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Sunday, 23 August 2009

The Nile in London

In Islington this street of town houses dating from the early 1800's are gusrded by sphinxes and obelisks with Nile written on them.

Why? Who lives here? It's still a mystery to me. However I did find some reference to the fact that so proud were the English of Nelson's victory of the Nile in 1798, that for years after Egyptian decor was very 'in'.

The streets popularity continues. Even the Blairs lived here for sometime.

18 comments:

mihalisThalassis - halkida said...

Morning .Michael

Asta said...

Hi Mo,

Could it be Al Fayed living there?

Best regards
Asta

David L Macaulay said...

Interesting - which street is this. I lived in Islington for a while but obvioulsy missed this.

Hilda said...

Fascinating fact and the homes looks so elegant too. But everything pales in comparison to the light in your photo! Love that rainbow.

MARIA GRAZIA said...

Odd but elegant. You always find the way the surprise us, Mo!

Meri said...

The light in the image is spectacular. It is really the light that stars, not the statuary guarding the entrances. I'm heading to Egypt in October -- so happy Lord Nelson won't be duking it out for supremacy then.

Ivy said...

Fascinating. Lovely homes too.

Bob Crowe said...

Isn't there a bit of this in Belgravia? Maybe my memory is wrong.

marley said...

Very grand!

Gemel said...

Fabulous............

Gillian said...

Nefertiti's decendants????

Peter said...

Also in Paris you find some surprising Egyptian decorations, as you say, obviously in fashion in the rarly 19th century! (Gives me an idea about a post!)

Rita said...

Can you give me the location about this street. I want to go their.

Rita


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Miranda McAfee said...

great composition and the sun coming in from the corner is beautiful.

Jenifer said...

I love your photos and history lessons too!
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Tammy said...

Hi Mo
This is beyond cool! I had no idea about this. It's for sure going on my list of "Must See" things next time I'm in London.

JM said...

This is a wonderful shot! The sun rays couldn't fit more! Great work, Mo!

Babzy said...

The sun rays give the composition an extra light ;)

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