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UK 2016: The Other Side of The Abbey Road, London

To continue the fan-girling that I initiated in my previous post, let’s talk about the album cover of one of the greatest albums ever made.

Abbey Road, UK

Back in 2013, I only got to spend around 12 hours in London. It was impressive how much we’ve covered in those 12 hours. But boy, was it hectic! Given the limited amount of time, I didn’t get to visit a lot in London that are of, let’s say, low priority. Visiting the Queen at Buckingham Palace, riding the London Eye, seeing the Tower Bridge and walking towards the Big Ben; those are just some of the high priority that we got to meet three years ago. I even got to insert visiting King’s Cross Station for the famous Platform Nine and Three Quarters!

Anyhow, when I found out my UK trip this year will push through, I had to make sure that I’ll be able to stay in London with enough time to see the other sights I wanted to see. One of those sights is the Abbey Road. Dubbed as the most famous pedestrian lane in the world, it is a dream for any Beatles’ fan to cross this road.

Abbey Road, UK

Abbey Road, UK

I didn’t have any idea what the Abbey House is. I still took a picture with it because it has “Abbey” on it, LOL. Now that I have time to Google, it’s just flats, apparently. Well…

Abbey Road is the last album that all four of The Beatles worked on together. It is my favorite album by them but it seemed, as what I’ve read, that it wasn’t theirs. They were already becoming the toxic group which eventually led to their disbandment, and recording this album involved a lot of tension between the members. However, that didn’t stop them from making one of the greatest albums despite their lack of love for it.

Abbey Road, UK

Outside the gates of the Abbey Road Studios!

Abbey Road, UK

Abbey Road Studios is the birthplace to hundreds of records including 12 of The Beatles’ albums.

Expectedly, the album became a success and the cover has been imitated by several groups including Red Hot Chili Pepper, Sesame Street and The Simpsons. And now, Ron Does Things, as well. EXCEPT I DID IT FROM THE OTHER SIDE.

I’ve always had difficulty with crossing roads, so the Abbey Road walk was a challenge for me and the boyfriend who was on the ready to take my photos. I knew and learned beforehand that the Abbey Road was already a zebra crossing, meaning, the cars would always stop for pedestrians. But even with that knowledge, knowing that a double-decker is about to drive through would automatically make me jump back to the sidewalk.

Abbey Road, UK

Abbey Road, UK

Abbey Road, UK

Abbey Road, UK

Abbey Road, UK

Look at that big grin and mid-blink!

These pictures were taken by the boyfriend as he shouted at me to cross quickly so he can take pictures because for ten seconds, the road was almost empty. In our hurry to get that rare shot, the perspective completely went out of my mind and I forgot that he should’ve taken the pictures from the other side to mimic The Beatles.

Welp, maybe next time we’d do it right! For now, that’s how the other side of the Abbey Road pedestrian crossing looks like!

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