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Monday, 21 December 2015

Trafalgar Square

This is what Trafalgar Square in London looked like tonight. The tree is a gift from Oslo in Norway to the people of London and is in gratitude for the help Britain gave to Norway in the war. The tree is reflected on the wet paving slabs in the square. At the base of the tree there is a group of carol singers.

 Various charities apply for permission to sing carols under the tree and to collect donations for their respective charity. So, this evening, I was part of a choir singing under this famous Christmas Tree. I am a sighted guide for the charity Royal London Society for the Blind and felt privileged to be there.
 This is a view from the other side of the Square with the tree reflected in the water from the fountain. Behind the tree you can see St Martin-in-the-Field church and to the left is The National Gallery.
The fountain changes colour from shades of blue to red.



34 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this, and for your public service







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    Warm ALOHA,
    ComfortSpiral

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  2. Beautiful lighting at Trafalgar Square.

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  3. Amazing night shots! The reflections seem to be melting.

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  4. I love that! wish we had that here

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  5. Great reflections and how wonderful that Norway still supply this tree after so long.
    Merry Christmas.

    Diana

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  6. I like the fact that Norway continues to send such a gift each year. The reflections really add a bit of sparkle to it don't they? Well done on your charity singing contribution.

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  7. In Amsterdam we used to have a Norway tree too, but recently they came from Germany! The war is over I think:)

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  8. Hello, what a pretty tree. I love the lights at night, so pretty. Lovely images and post. Merry Christmas to you and yours. I wish you all the best in the New Year.

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  9. Just beautiful! I didn't know the history of the tree, so I'm glad you wrote about it. I feel like I know London in a way I never could before. Thank you. :-)

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  10. Beautiful - I love Trafalgar Square at Christmas. I've often thought the tree was a lovely gesture, particularly as I believe it was touch and go whether Britain and France, keen to secure Swedish steel, occupied Norway before Germany did. That was a heavy note - I actually meant to wish you a very Merry Christmas!

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  11. That's so beautiful! How exciting to take part in the caroling for such a great cause.

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  12. What a gorgeous gift and sign of continued gratitude. What fun it must be for you to participate in the choir … Christmas carols are such an important part of the season. I know it was a treat for me when a few children came to my doorstep recently and sang Christmas songs.

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  13. The famous tree looks even better in the dark. Like you say, a privilege to be able to sing there on such a splendid occasion.

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  14. The famous tree looks even better in the dark. Like you say, a privilege to be able to sing there on such a splendid occasion.

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  15. Marvelous photos! Absolutely exquisite! Glad to be in 'Trafalgar Square' with you ^_^

    Wishing you the magic and love of this season today and everyday,
    artmusedog and carol

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  16. The blue lights on the tree are so beautiful! Good for you for bringing some lovely music (and donations to a worthy charity!) Merry Christmas!

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  17. Hi! Nice view at Trafalgar Square. I enjoyed your beautiful photos very much. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Wonderful shots and marvellous that you share the Christmas Spirit as you do. May your Christmas be truly blessed.

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  19. Not been down into London this month so missed this view, thanks for sharing

    Mollyxxx

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  20. I have had to miss Trafalgar Square this year so thanks so much that I can see this family tradition I have virtually! Have a very Merry Christmas xx

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  21. Absolutely gorgeous... I'd love to see Trafalgar Square any time of year --but it has to be extra beautiful during the Christmas season.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.
    Betsy

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  22. I never knew about this tree. It looks beautiful. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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  23. I hope you managed to collect a lot of money for your charity!

    Merry Christmas

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  24. Nice reflections. I like them.

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  25. beautifully decorated tree and reflection.

    Hope you had a great Christmas

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  26. Great reflections and wonderful story about gift and charity.

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  27. For years Brussels got the Christmas tree from Norway, now they take one from the Ardennes !

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  28. The reflections of the tree are so pretty and I am imagining you singing under it! I love the first photo with the silhouette of the parent and child in the beam of light. Nice capture!

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