View out the window
My new bed!
Then we walked down to Tower Bridge.
And then onto the bridge itself.
From Tower Bridge, we walked to...
The Monument, commemorating the 1666 Fire of London!
From the Monument, we journeyed to...
St. Paul's Cathedral! Redux!
Paying to enter the cathedral was worth it. Adorned with intricate mosaics, the interior of the dome and nave is visually breathtaking. We went up to the Whispering Gallery, and as a concert was occurring in the nave at that time, the acoustics were wonderful. A visit to the crypt was also engaging, as we saw both the caskets of Wellington and Nelson, and blackened, broken effigies that survived the 1666 fire.
With the fare, we received free audio tours of the cathedral and crypt. The tours explained the symbolism behind much of the decoration, restoration processes, the history of the people who were buried there, and the history of the church itself. One of the best informational tracks on the audio tour described the history of St. Paul's during the Blitz. It served as a target for incendiary bombs and part of the nave was destroyed, plummeting all the way into the crypt. Throughout the bombing, the dome held, serving as a symbol of hope to the people of London.
From St. Paul's, we took the tube to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
Big Ben was the first thing we saw, when we left the tube.
Houses of Parliament
I spotted a fair number of statues on our way to see Westminster Abbey.
Emmiline Pankhurst, suffragist
Westminster Abbey was closed to visitors, but we could walk around it.
We did so, and enjoyed examining the intricate brickwork.
Lintel of the door
Mother and child detail
Spotted: the London eye on our way back to the tube station.
Spotted: Boudicca statue on our way to the London eye!
Me with the London Eye!
Me with Boudicca!
A dramatic Boudicca shot.
We went to Trafalgar Square, to take in the Impressionist wing. I enjoyed input just as much,if not more, on the second go round.
We had tea in the crypt of St Martin- in - the Fields afterwards, and just in time too, since we got there at 5:45 and they stopped serving tea at 6.
Picture by one of the lions! Tried to climb up, it was too slippery for me!
We headed to Baker Street to check out an Indian restaurant that urbanspoon recommended.
And I forgot the name of this dish, unfortunately, but it was very good:moderately spicy, with a few green peppers. The waiter recommended it to me when he heard that I enjoy spicy food, since it was spicy, yet not the spiciest number on the menu.
We had an excellent meal, to complete an excellent day!