Our Steemian friend @exyle and his lovely girlfriend @bkdbkd came to visit us in London for the weekend. It was our pleasure to show them around London and enjoy some of the cool things we have on offer in this great city. One of the places they really wanted to check out was the iconic zebra crossing in front of Abbey Road Studios, where the famous Beatles cover photograph was taken.
Although Abbey Road is a mere ten minutes drive from where we live, but I had never visited it before. Every once in a while, it's good to get back into "tourist" mode, lol. It is such a recognisable place and a cool little experience. So I was happy to take our distinguished guests there and checked the place out myself too.
So, we all hopped into the car and a short time later, we were there. Abbey Road itself is great and certainly lives up to that reputation! A walk on this historic crossing combined with the buzzing of crowds either side almost transports you back to the sassy era of the 1960s and the musical phenomenon that was The Beatles.
Numerous Beatles fans gathered to see the location of where their favourite music was made. Abbey Road Studios is in fact still an active recording studio, therefore actual tours within the premise were not allowed. However the wall directly outside the studio was covered in written messages from fans as a collection of personalized tributes.
Next door to this legendary landmark, there is the Abbey Road Shop that is open to the public and offers some great pieces of art, music and general Beatles memorabilia. Highly recommended for any Beatles fans out there!
The famous Beatles cover photo was taken on the crossing facing towards the direction of the studio itself. So while you are here, a fun thing to do is recreate your own version of this well-known image and walk across it like Beatles did so many years ago.
The crosswalk continues to function as any other on the road with the usual London traffic like buses, vans, cabs and cars. It was so busy with many tourists holding up many vehicles while doing their own personal cover version poses, lol. Some of the drivers were not too happy about this and had no reservations in venting their frustrations, whilst other just smiled and waited patiently. A very surreal experience indeed and one that won't be forgotten in a hurry, lol.
Mostly groups of four tourists tried to synchronise this special pose in unison, making the recreation seem much more authentic! However pulling off the famous walk seemed not as easy as it first looks. We were there for a while observing and laughing at all their different walking styles and repeated attempts. Many struggled to walk at all, turning the whole thing into more of an uncomfortable shuffle than anything else, lol! Loads of fun though, seeing them awkwardly trying to perfect it and capture the moment forever on their phones or professional cameras.
It was so much awesome fun and a must-see for Beatles fans far and wide. If you are ever in the area or nearby, this place comes highly recommended as a fabulously retro-styled pilgrimage to a quintessential location in music history.
经过短暂的车程，我们就来到了Abbey Road。这条街不愧是英国知名的观光景点，人还真不少。在这个有特殊历史的街上漫步，仿佛把我带回到六七十年代的Beatles 世界里。
Beatles的最后一张专辑是以Abbey Road为名，并配上了无比经典的四位乐队成员穿越斑马线的专辑封面，这也使得录音室前面的斑马线成为虽然不是最繁忙但绝对是拍照人数最多的斑马线。众多游客纷纷效仿当年乐队成员穿过马路的样子来拍照留念。可怜来往的汽车， 总是要让行人。有的司机挺无奈，但也有不少司机兴致勃勃地观看并耐心等候。