Trip Start Jul 21, 2005
Trip End Jan 12, 2006

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Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Update 4: London, England.
(AUG 09 - AUG 17)

Wow! London is amazing! i love the place. i have seen so many great things in this beautiful city. It is such a mix of old and new and is such a cultural melting pot - much more so than sydney...
I got my first taste of the london underground (subway) which was amzing - so much better than cityrail... i didnt feel at all unsafe - there were police everywhere - at the station and walking through the train at times...

My first full day i was in London i went to the Tower of London and The London Tower Bridge. I hate to rate this as my best day in the city. i loved the place and i went on a tour of the Tower of London and later got to see the crown jewels - yes they sparkle a lot - and the great white tower. it was great to hear the history of the place and the way that it is still used today. I then went over to the London tower bridge and was fortunate enough to see it open up for a ship to pass through underneath as it does only twice a day. I then went on a tour and got to walk along the top of the bridge between the two columns and saw various exhibits while i was there. i would recommend to anyone to go to the two attractions...
After crossing the bridge i walked along the Southern bank of the Thames River and i saw this random tent like thing off to the side adn it was called Dreamspace. I had to investigate and so i went in. You leave your shoes at the door and are given a colourful cape to wear - i chose yellow - and then once inside i was amazed at the colour and charm of the place... the thing was much bigger than a basketball court and it had pillars every and each section of the tent was a different colour of material and the sun coming through from the outside made the most amazing glow in the place. There was also the sound of windchimes or something in the background and yeh it was great to just sit in there for a time...
The next day i caught the subway to Westminster Abbey station and i walked straight out of the station to see Big Ben. It was amazing - i thought this was apart of the Abbey but no its actually a part of the houses of parliament. I booked a tour for the houses of parliament and then went into Westminster Abbey next door. To be honest i didnt think much of the place - dont get me wrong the building was amazing but it was little more than a glorified tomb for past kings and significant people. mayb if i had studied history at school it may have meant a little more to me. I think my highlight was standing on the grave of Charles Darwin...anyways... well i proceeded over to the house of commons for my tour encountering heavy police security on the way - all the police had bullet proof vests on and one or two were very heavily armed. i also at somepoint during the day got my photo with two english bobbys (cops) who had those funny hats on - just because i could!
the houses of parliament were interesting and the security check getting in was tougher than that at the airport! it was really great to see but unfortunately like most of these buildings you cant take photos inside. The actual house of commons meeting room was really small - there isnt even a seat for every minister...
St Pauls Cathedral was really amazing. You can actually climb up to the upper dome - it is called the whispering dome or room or somehting as you can whisper something at one side along the wall and someone on the other side can hear it - it was quite amuzing watching some little kids having fun with this... You can then get even higher to a gallery that allows you to overlook the city and then even higher again to another gallery near the very top of the building - it was such a great view.
Hillsong London was amazing too - it was in the dominion theatre on oxford st and it was great getting to see some of the United guys and dooley while i was there.
My other highlights included a tour of the state rooms of Buckingham Palace which was great to see - the place was magnificent. i visited trafalgar square, leicester square, st james park, hyde park amoungst others.
Overall i loved London and will definitely return one day.
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