The Peter Pan monument is located in Kensington Park, near the Lancaster Gate. This bronze statue was erected one night in secret for May Morning in 1912. It's of Peter Pan standing on a pedestal playing a small wind instrument. Peter Pan is the name of the fictional character that was created by the Scottish writer James Matthew Barrie for a musical that was held in London on December 27, 1904. According to Barrie's story, Peter is depicted as a little boy who refuses to grow-up and lives with a group of children (The Lost Boys) who are the same age as him. The country Neverland, is an island where pirates, as well as, fairies and mermaids live. It's also where Peter Pan has numerous fantastic adventures and lives for all eternity.
Because of it´s legend, it was one of the places in the city that people most wanted to visit. In this case, it´s a statue and its beautiful cemetery where you can find the dog and its owner. "Greyfriars Bobby" was the faithful companion of a policeman named John Gray who was alive around the year 1856. John and the dog became inseparable friends until 1858, when John died of tuberculosis and was buried in Greyfriars Cemetery. His dog "Bobby" became famous because for 14 years he remained at the tomb of his master every night until his own death in 1872.
There are two recurring and historical figures found throughout Scotland, embodied in statues, monuments, facades, writings and other works of art. One is William Wallace, made famous by the movie "Braveheart", and the other is King Robert I or Robert the Bruce, the first king of the Scottish nation, for many the true hero of the country. He appears in the famous movie, which is a complete mistake. He could not have betrayed William Wallace, and we don't even know if they knew each other or if they were around at the same time. Although the greater glory seems to be given to Wallace, in Scotland, Robert The Bruce is more important for its role in the country's unification and for defeating the English at Bannockburn, thereby achieving the Pope's, Rome's, and the European states' recognition as an independent country. In Stirling his statue stands at the entrance of the castle, on the square of access. What better place to pay tribute to one of the greatest, if not the largest, heroes of the country?
This huge sculpture commemorates, but remembers correctly, soldiers killed in war. I don't remember the exact name as it was one of the 1st things I saw. The statue is in front of Piccadilly Circus subway entrance and near the Trocadero. I liked the strength and energy it gave off.
Queen Victoria ruled England during the mid-nineteenth century and it was a very prosperous era for the country, with a global importance in which Great Britain was the leading industrial and commercial power. Southport remembers this period, both in the Victorian style of most of its architecture and in statue in Neville Street. Nice patriotic gesture.
Lady Godiva is the pride of the Coventry. In the 11th century, this young woman rode through the city naked to show her disagreement over the tax her husband was forcing on his tenants. If you pass through Coventry, you should take time to see her statue, which is impossible to miss, as it's in the city centre.
Sir Edward Elgar was born in the village of Lower Broadheath near the city of Wocester. The son of a music teacher he grew to be one of the greatest composers in the UK. This statue is placed in the center of Worcester near the cathedral. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Elgar, who had only studied music and various instruments, began to teach in the city schools. He also played the organ in the Catholic Church of Saint George. His works include Enigma Variations and military music, one of which is Land of Hope and Glory which is like the second national anthem of the United Kingdom.
Some time ago, in a corner of Stirling, someone mentioned the importance of paying tribute throughout Britain to the fallen of the two World Wars (World War I & World War II). The monument in Stirling is pretty generic, however the village of Killin has a quite specific monument that pays tribute to the locals who died, although much less numerous than in Stirling. We found the monument represented the traditional Scottish soldier with his "kilt" (or skirt), leaving no doubt to whom this memorial is in honour of. The statue is visible from many locations since it is next to the Falls, one of the town's biggest draws. It's a good strategy so that people do not forget the misfortunes of war ... but it seems that is sometimes pointless.
A place in London, England, it doesn't serve Cantonese food, nor Catalan but delicious "Fish and ships" accompanied by a rich cold beer. It was there while we waited for the Tour on the River Thames and the city center. London is a beautiful place.
This magnificent sculpture by Auguste Rodin is to one side of the British Parliament close to the River Thames. It's made of bronze, is 2 meters high, 2.5 meters wide and consists of 6 figures. The curious thing is that there are several copies worldwide and the original is in the French town of Calais. The French made 12 copies with the original cast after Rodin's death. One of them is here but there are copies in the gardens of the Musée Rodin in Paris, at the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia, at Stanford University in California, at the Metropolitan Museum of New York, in the capital of Australia, in Jerusalem, in Tokyo and in Seoul.
Near the theater at the end of the street, there are several statues that commemorate different historical people of Scotland. In this case, the statue is dedicated to Rob Roy (Robert MacGregor), leader of the Clan McGregor and example of honor for all Scots. He's a well-known character, popular outside of Scotland due to the film starring Liam Neeson. He's related to the noble houses of Argyll (Stirling) and Montrose, and represent for the Scottish what Robin Hood does for the English. His grave is near Stirling, in Balquhidder (I uploaded it to minube a few months ago), which was generally his area of operation in Scotland. He's a Scottish Hero of the 17th and 18th century and is somewhat less-known that William Wallace, but perhaps a bit more charming and modest in his achievements.
The Shaftesbury Memorial, commonly known as the Statue of Eros, is one of the most famous statues in London. Right in the middle of Piccadilly Circus, the statue was built in 1893 in honour of Lord Shaftesbury and his efforts to ban child labour in the mines. The fountain is topped by a bronze angel, once the Angel of Christian Charity but more commonly known as Eros, the Greek god of love. It has become a symbol of the capital, standing in the middle of bustling Piccadilly Circus, and is popular at all hours with tourists taking pictures. It's unmissable at night when it's surrounded by the lights of Piccadilly.
I am sure that almost everyone who has visited Scotland went to Stirling to visit the William Wallace monument, a Scottish hero, but it is also possible that none have come close to this other almost completely unknown monument. We discovered it by accident when buying a small book in Oban about the life of Wallace so that Rodrigo could practice reading. As if it were a greeting or a farewell to Scotland, this stunning sculptured work by John Smith at seven meters high, is surrounded by thick vegetation and close to the River Tweed, accessed by a small dirt road without signs, and a tiny parking lot. The solitude and silence go hand in hand as it's rarely visited. It's one of the advantages of traveling by car.
In almost all corners of Scotland there's a reference to Robert Burns, and Stirling wasn't an exception. Robert Burns was a writer and poet of the eighteenth century and a defender of national customs and folklore, so he's considered the father of the Scottish renaissance of nationalist sentiment. Many of his poems have been turned into songs, the best known being Auld Lang Syne (currently a farewell song in almost every English-speaking country). He is also known as "The Bard of Scotland" and in Stirling his statue is next to the theater where many of his works have been heard. Such is the importance of this artistic figure that in 2009 Scotland declared a holiday, called "Homecoming", to celebrate the 250th anniversary of his death.
The Titanic Memorial in Belfast opened on June 26, 1920 and was erected by subscription involving the population of Belfast, employees of Harland & Wolff and the White Star Line and the family of Thomas Andrews. At first it was in Donegall Square but was moved to the grounds of City Hall, it's dedicated to the 22 Titanic crew members from Ulster who were victims of the sinking.
The Gower Memorial, situated in the Bancroft Gardens alongside the River Avon, is a collection of statues of William Shakespeare and of four of his characters, which symbolise philosophy, tragedy, history and comedy. They are commemorative statues that were specially made for the memorial of 1888.