Friday - Part 1 - "I See Dead People"

Trip Start Oct 12, 2010
Trip End Mar 24, 2011

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Another lovely overcast day in London - the sun threatened to break out this afternoon (much to my chagrin) but thankfully, it quickly turned to a light drizzle - that's more like it England!

Kicked my day off buying an oyster - not the breakfast type of oyster, but the fabulously convenient Oyster Card for public transportation.  I manned myself with some tube maps and followed the crowds into the underground (more on people underground later...).  No probs getting from Paddington to Piccadilly and walked to Leicester Square (which has fewer syllables that you would expect) to the TKTS booth to get theatre tickets for tonight (again, more on that later - get comfy reader)! 

With my handy dandy London map, I charted my course to walk down to Westminster Abbey - with a few discreet glimpses at the map, I was there in no time flat, stopping to stare at Big Ben and to watch the troopers of the Household Cavalry stationed outside the Horse Guards Parade and peeking in the gate at 10 Downing Street.  Not much going on there - typical of a government-type building :)

So - Westminster Abbey - incredible building filled with incredibly famous dead people - so cool!  I spent a couple of hours among the crypts of the rich and famous and infamous!  Many kings and queens are interred here (e.g. Queen Elizabeth 1 and Queen Mary of Scots in opposite tombs) as well as scientists (Newton, Darwin) politicians (such as Oliver Cromwell) and musicians such as Handel but my FAVOURITE part of the Abbey was the Poet's Corner where I got to walk among (and unfortunately also on) Chaucer, Tennyson, Browning and Charles Dickens.  It was neat to see the Coronation Chair used for centuries to crown British monarchs including the present queen as well as to see the high altar where both coronations and funerals are held.  This is where Princess Diana's funeral was held.  It is an incredible, historic building and well worth a visit.

So endeth the historic ventures for the day - check out Part 2 for the arts and entertainment section!

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