This week’s edition of #frifotos is all about clocks. And while most people nowadays use their mobile phone to know the time, I still like the old-world feel of clocks, and the hourly chime. Bong, bong, bong. The most famous one in the world just happens to be in my favorite city…
Okay, okay. I KNOW it’s not really called Big Ben, but I still like to refer to it that way because it’s simpler. As touristy as it is, I always had a soft spot for Big Ben, perhaps because of what it represents for me. At the young age of 19, I bought a one-way ticket (first plane ride ever!) to the big city and stayed there for a year. I used to walk to the Houses of Parliament and think to myself “What have I done in my previous lives to get so lucky in this one?”.
I am still wondering today.
This photo is actually closely related to the first one – my only visit to Ottawa was when I had to go there to get my UK visa! I am a bit ashamed to admit that as a proud Canadian living just two hours away from the capital that I have only stayed a few hours there. I definitely need to make a longer trip one day, because apparently, Ottawa is pretty amazing!
Despite the photo being actually quite good, I really hated the astronomical clock. There are massive crowds around it, tightly packed, but still loose enough for pickpockets to wander around freely and find jackpots. I would much prefer to watch the clock from the rooftop terrace of the U Prince Hotel!
This clock, with its “Little Admiral”, has been overlooking Coney Street in York for over 300 years – no wonder it’s one of the most popular sights in town.
Wonder why there’s a huge clock on a museum? That’s simply because the Musée d’Orsay, in the early 20th century, used to be a train station. Today it hosts the largest collection of impressionist paintings in the world, including Monet’s Le déjeuner sur l’herbe and Cézanne’s Apples and Oranges.
Do you like the chiming clocks when you visit a new city, or does it just annoy you to no end? What’s your favorite photo of this #Frifotos edition?