Thursday 21 July 2016

Should I Walk or Taxi around London? hmmm

Explore a taxi to rhs chelsea flower show! Find an adventure! This is the exciting part! Every hostel I've been to has some sort of tour/flyer stand with countless ads and brochures from tour companies advertising what they offer in your city and beyond. This is a great resource to use as far as finding things to do and where to go next. Another good tip is to visit the local tourist offices for more thorough answers to your questions. They can also give specific help as far as tailoring your trip to fit your timeframe and needs. Each city's visitor information office will also have someone ready with flyers and up to date information on hostels, hotels, car rentals, etc.

The basic difference between a black taxi and a minicab is that the former uses a meter to price a ride while the latter doesn't use meter. Again, the black taxi can be stopped anywhere around the streets or at the taxi parks while the minicab can only be hired in advance. These services are usually booked in advice through the internet. You can also book any of them by email, or phone service. You can as well visit the local minicab office to place your booking.

Sometimes london taxi are also tax dodgers or are unauthorized. So here is our suggestion: ask the driver if he will issue a receipt at the end of the ride.

The red double-decker buses and London's famous 'bendy' buses are very modern are often cheaper and less crowded than the subway. They may not be the fastest way to travel during peak hours, but from the upper deck you can admire exceptional panoramic views of London. Some buses run 24 hours a day. There are two special buses which pass through city's landmarks and are mostly ridden by tourists. These are emblematic traditional Route-master buses with 1960s style. Bus 15 goes from Trafalgar Square to Tower Hill, and bus 9 Royal Albert Hall to Aldwych.

Make sure you don't need to pay in advance. Some London minicab companies ask for payment in advance - you don't need to accept this. Select one that gives you the choice whether to pay in advance or on arrival at your destination.

OBegging is common, expected, and accepted. Deal with it. No one really cares if it makes you uncomfortable because to the locals it is a normal part of life.

The taxi CCTV comes with several cameras that are strategically positioned in your cab to make sure they get a 360 degree view. You will also have a sound device which will record all the conversations and sounds that happen in the taxi. The final and probably best addition to the system is the monitor that can be used for showing people they are being filmed or can also be used as advertising space to increase your revenue. All of this can be paid via installments so you hardly notice you are paying for it.

Since the tourism industry has developed so much there are so many airport hotels that have got their places around the major airports in the world. These hotels are the favorite destination spots. All the visitors who travel via airlines first look out for the airport hotels nearby where they can easily carry on their luggage and rest for sometime after such a tiring flight.

Despite all of the above I love my time abroad. I spend a week or two if I am lucky, partying hard and chilling out by day and absolutely nothing will get in the way of my annual holiday. This year the girls and I recommend looking for cheap holidays in Lesvos, in Greece and I can guarantee we will be witnessing all of the above! I can't wait!

Tuesday 19 July 2016

Bryan Mark Taylor Lecture

Bryan Mark Taylor Lecture: BYU Idaho


A Fresh Start

A Fresh Start

Day Coming to an End 16" x 20"

After a year's absence I'm going to start blogging again. However, I'm moving my blog over to wordpress. I appreciate the interest you have all shown in my posts and hope to see you on the new blog. The new address is: or if you are on facebook you can see weekly updates at:

Painting the Cityscape Instructional DVD

The Instructional DVD "Painting Cityscapes with Bryan Mark Taylor" is now available from Streamline Publishing.You can purchase it directly from the publishers website here:
Bay Twilight 30" x 40"

My one man show opens on November 4th at Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento CA. There will be roughly 40 works in the show, many of which are larger studio paintings. Opening reception will be on Saturday evening on November 10th. Go to for more info.

I will be teaching a four day plein air workshop at the Scottsdale Artist School March 13-16 2013. Registration for the class is now open. Use the following link to see more info about the class or sign up: