Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Mind the Gap
Anne and I ventured into the heart of London this morning after I gained back some lost sleep (over 11 hours worth!). We took The Underground or the "Tube" from the Flat to our stop. Anne and Sandy then had a meeting, and while I waited, I wandered about the streets. I ventured in and out of shops, cafes, and made sure my debt card was working overseas.
Anne and I then walked to St. Paul's Cathedral. St. Paul's is a church that was built in London over 1,400 years ago and is one of the world's greatest buildings. Princess Diana's wedding took place here, along with Winston Churchill's funeral. If we were allowed to take pictures inside, I would have some of the most magnificent images to show everybody. The church is filled with domes, transepts, galleries and a crypt. Anne and I made the climb to the top of the Cathedral, just shy of 500 steps. It was well worth the workout, giving us one of the best panoramic views of London (picture at top).
Anne figured since we walked all the way to the top of the Cathedral, we had most certainly deserved a pint. Anne bought me my first "legal" beer in London-a Guinness.
After lunch, we ventured towards Parliament and saw the London Eye, the largest ferris wheel in the world, and Big Ben among other views. The sightseeing was very cool, but another interesting part about touring London is all the people watching you can do. If I had counted, I would guess I heard over 5 different languages today and witnessed some of the most ridiculous outfits around. It certainly is a culture pot here.
We walked back to the flat from there, through St. James's and Hyde Park. Along the way we were greeted by Royal Guards walking to Parliament and a herd of Guardsmen on horses. The weather has been beautiful here, it was around sixty today with no rain, which is rare.
Until next time, take care and never stop exploring.