Wine, London and fireworks.

A few years ago I tried, together with some friends, to head downtown to see the fireworks. In a word, it was awful. Pissing with rain, the centre was a mess of angry people, mounted police who’d clearly lost their Christmas mood and, more importantly, not a single shop where to buy booze. Long story short we retreated in somebody’s house and watched them on the Beeb.
Fast forward to yesterday, I am now older, wiser and in possess – well, in rent – of a balcony which, if you stand exactly at one edge and ignore the uppermost branches of the tree, has a direct view of the London Eye, the Shard and even Canary Wharf, all neatly lined up. Here’s what we saw.
8PM and, in true Italian style, some are already throwing fireworks.

At midnight the Mayor hit the anti-aircraft guns, or at least so it seemed. Here’s what we saw as we stood sipping wine next to the clicking camera.

Then, after some ten minutes, it all ended. Happy New Year everyone, let’s hope it’s going to be better than 2016 even though it seems unlikely.
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16 Responses to Wine, London and fireworks.

  1. That’s a great view! Happy 2017!

  2. kingajpg says:

    Wow those photos turned out great! Happy New Year

  3. I think it’s wise to see fireworks from a balcony, the view is better and you don’t have to deal with angry and drunk people stepping on your foot 😀

    It looks stunning !

    Happy new year !

  4. J.D. Riso says:

    Awesome view. Happy 2017 Fabrizio.

  5. lexklein says:

    Happy New Year! Did you end up getting to Chicago? I spent my whole 2 weeks here cleaning out my house for sale. 😦

    • awtytravels says:

      Happy New Year Lexi! Yes, we’ve been there for two nights, leaving on Christmas day. Quite a scenographic city: beautiful, interesting and sometimes sad at the same times. It definitely caught my interest, will write about it.

  6. Wow, what a show you have captured! Happy New year and merry adventures in 2017!

  7. richandalice says:

    Great shots… and definitely the right vantage point.

  8. Dina says:

    Great views and excellent photography! 🙂

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