The Rockin' Weekend
Trip Start Jun 20, 2009
21Trip End Aug 01, 2009
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To get to the cathedral, I took the tube again, which had already become a nostalgic experience. When I got to the cathedral, I bought a ticket and began to walk around. As it was a place of worship, I was kindly asked to not take pictures, and so I obliged
Wanting to get the most for my money, I headed down into the crypt, where I saw the
final resting place of the Duke of Wellington (I have no idea which one, or why he's that important), Florence Nightingale, and the actual resting place of Admiral Lord Nelson, of Nelson's column in Trafalgar Square. There was even a bust of George Washington, though he is most certainly not buried there. It was also touching to see, though. The crypt also had tombs of many other various important people. Some of these tombs, such as that of William Blake, were inaccessible as part of the lower cathedral had been reserved for a wedding.
Finally, I headed up the long, winding stairs to the top of the cathedral. The stairs lead up to the cathedral’s signature dome, which features three levels: the Whispering Gallery, the Stone Gallery, and the Golden Gallery
After St Paul's cathedral, I decided I didn't have enough time to do the last thing on my wish list, which was to visit Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey. There simply wasn't enough time. Instead, I headed out into the "suburbs" of London to visit my great-aunt, her daughter, and her daughter's husband. It was again a very pleasant visit. I arrived around 15:30, and had expected to stay only about three hours. Instead, I ended up staying for dinner and somehow didn't leave until after 22:00! Unfortunately, since I didn't leave until very late, I missed the last direct train to Oxford. I have a fantastic talent for missing trains. Fortunately, there were non-direct trains, but they deposited me back in Oxford around 1:30
On Sunday, I took a morning tour with our professor through Christ Church, which included a service in the Christ Church Cathedral, the smallest cathedral in England. Since I decided to go on this tour, I only had time to visit one of the three places I wanted to visit: Bath, Cardiff, and Stonehenge. I decided that Stonehenge was the most important to me. I hopped on the next train to Salisbury, the closest town (with a train statio) to Stonehenge, which is set a few miles out in the middle of empty plains. I had to pay a pretty steep fare for a bus to the monument, but there wasn't really any other way.
Seeing the monument appear on the horizon was quite exciting. As I learned soon after, the momument is actually designed to create an optical illusion of appearing much larger in the distance than it actually is. Not bad for architects who lived over 3,000 years ago. When the bus arrived at the ancient, mysterious parking lot next to Stonehenge, I jumped off, grabbed my free audio tour, and headed off. As I had been warned, Stonehenge was not enormous and not quite as intimidating and mysterious as I had once imagined it in my youth. However, I can assure you, if you have not seen it, that it is still amazing and worth visiting.
Perhaps more intriguing than its mysterious, still unknown purpose is the fact that Stonehenge has remained for thousands of years
My next entry will be my last. My final exam is tomorrow!