I can't believe how quickly the days are passing. This was our last full day in London.
We started out the day with a quick stop in Kensington Gardens to find the Peter Pan statue.
|Click on picture to hear statue talk to you.|
We got off at the St. Pauls Station and walked through the grounds at St. Paul's Cathedral.
And across Millennium Bridge
Stopping mid-way across to enjoy the view...
before continuing on to Shakespeare's Globe Theater. You can read a quick history of the theater here. In order to see the theater, you must be part of a guided tour. Our tour guide was quirky and fun, offering up interesting tidbits and making us relive the Globe of Shakespeare's times.
The theater is still a working theater, so the stage is set with minimal scenery in the colors chosen by the director of the current play.
The audience can purchase a seat under the thatched roof (which is now fireproof),
sit in a more luxury box,
or stand out in the elements for the duration of the play.
|Note the ceiling on the stage. It represents all seasons and times of day.|
We spent a few minutes before our tour at the exhibition inside and had hoped to return afterward, but had to hoof it to make it to Buckingham Palace in time to see the changing of the guard.
We ended up seeing the parade, but not much of the ceremony. There were just way too many people there.
We left the crowd behind and walked through St James Park, stopping for some pictures on the bridge.
Look kids! Big Ben. Parliament.
We hung out in Parliament Square for a few minutes before venturing over to Methodist Central Hall for a quick bite to eat in the Wesley Cafe. It was a nice quiet place to eat with a wide selection of foods.
After lunch, we headed across the street to the Westminster Cathedral. There was a piper out front and I really enjoyed listening to his music!
|Great West Door and Towers|
No photographs are allowed within the Sanctuary of the Abbey. They have posted some on their website and I would highly encourage you to view them and listen to the audio commentary if you are interested in the history of the Abbey. Seventeen Monarchs, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Jane Austin, Charles Dickens, Henry Purcell, and Georg Fredrick Handel are some of those entombed inside the Abbey. Many others are memorialized. It has been the coronation church since William the Conqueror and was most recently viewed during Prince William and Kate's wedding.
Once you leave the main portion of the Abbey, you are allowed to take photographs.
|View down the side of the cloister|
|The Cloisters, looking back toward the West Towers|
|Chapter House at Westminster Abbey|
|11th Century - Pyx Chamber|
After visiting the Abbey, we walked by Westminster Palace and across the Westminster Bridge, which was almost as crowded as Buckingham Palace had been earlier! We made it across and headed over to the London Eye Pier, to catch our River Tour.
|Boat Tour (photo by Ebabe)|
|Top of the Royal Air Force Memorial|
|Golden Jubilee Bridge|
|Columns on Blackfriar's Bridge - one side has birds from the sea|
|And the other has birds from freshwater|
|Not falling down...|
|Tower of London (note water entrance for Traitor's Gate)|
|Coca-Cola London Eye|
|Interior of pod|
|Big Ben & Parliament :)|
|Buckingham Palace in the distance, viewed from the Eye|
|Panoramic from the very top of the London Eye|
After our "uplifting" experience, we grabbed some fish & chips.
Then took a quick jaunt over to Piccadilly Circus to check it out.
|Advertising everywhere, just like Times Square in NYC|
Now we're back at the hotel for some packing up and sleeping!