Churchill & The Tower

Trip Start Feb 06, 2013
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Trip End Feb 11, 2013


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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Saturday, we left the hotel under threat of rain and snow, and headed to the Churchill War Rooms by Westminster.   I found this museum very interesting, thought out and enjoyable.  Hard to believe that the just locked up the war bunker in 1945 and left them as they stood until the 70s!  I thought it was a fast moving exhibit, lots of interactive exhibits, and knew Patrick would have love seeing this place!  Gave you a real feel for how much the British loved Churchill!  I really liked the exhibit and would recommend it!
 
 The rain began while we were underground so the trip to the Tower of London was cold and wet!  Having the Oyster card for the subway worked well.  Glad I bought it before we left the States.  We found the cold Tower rather grim.  It was interesting, but seemed to showcase excesses in British wealth and religious suppression.  We saw all the Crown Jewels, the armor of assorted kings, and sectors use by all the monarchs.  What struck the most was all the "graffiti" as they referred to it by the Catholics imprisoned in the Tower, most of which we Jesuits.  They were in the Tower so long, the carvings were very deep and intrinsic, and most were crosses and religious quotations.  I found it sad!  Catholics are not too highly regarded, I guess.  In contemporary history, saw where the little princes were held and read about their executions mostly by the the newly famous, Richard the 3rd, King of all car parks!

We returned to the hotel, had a pint in the lovely hotel lounge.  Then went to dinner in Piccadilly.  Tomorrow, so moved by the Tower, we are going to Mass at at Jesuit church up the street.  We stopped by there the other day to check it out, and the visiting priest was getting ready for a wedding (the flower arrangements were unbelievably beautiful).  He was an American! 

We met a British couple, after dinner at the hotel lounge.  Bob and Barbara, who were celebrating Barbara's birthday,  thru our conversation we learned that they travel on a ship once a year for 3 1/2 months round the world tour ONCE A YEAR!  It is A life we would enjoy ourselves! We envy them!

we hope that Pit and Steve are surviving with all the snow and no power!
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Mom and Dad on

We loved the picture of Bob at the Tower Bridge . Pit and Steve lost power Friday night at 9 PM and back it came some time on Saturday .

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Mom wanted to know if I would like to visit London as you and Bob are doing. I said yes but now too old. You guys did it at a good time of your life.


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Patti on

Hey Maryellen - great pic of Bob at the London Bridge - very pretty bridge...looks like your weather was the same as ours - rainy damp. Glad you liked Churchill War Rooms, Mike/Jean/Steve/I enjoyed as well. Have you had some Fish and Chips yet -- catch any premier league soccer in the pubs?? The beer is great - Carlsberg was my favorite -

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