Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Just the Beginning...

Westminster Abbey

Big Ben
Buckingham Palace

Last night was a late I am going to post for yesterday and today!!  Lucky you!!  

Tuesday September 22nd...

We started off our day with breakfast and coffee outside on the patio.  We were able to sit and enjoy the fresh cool air and have a slow relaxing morning.  After getting ready for the day, we were excited and anxious to hit the city!  We took a bus and then the tube (subway) to downtown London.  After picking up our London Passes and figuring out our bearings, we headed down towards Buckingham Palace.  On our way, we watched the Queen's Military band march and play down the street.  We then walked a little farther and saw the magnificent Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth calls her home.  The line to get in to see the palace was extremely long, so we decided to do the palace tour another day.  We made our way down to a small outside cafe and had lunch there.  Then we toured the Queen's Gallery where pieces from different collections are was really amazing.  Lots of art from the great Masters and hand painted china collections.  Also, there was a 94 karat diamond pendant on display.....hello?!??!

After touring the gallery, we headed down just a little way to the Buckingham Mews.  This is where the carriages, horses and stables are that have carried/carry the past and present King and Queens of London.  We saw the carriage Princess Diana was married in, the current carriage the Queen rides in, as well as the famous golden carriage that requires 8 horses to pull!!!

Leaving the Mews, we made our way over to Westminster Abbey.  This was a sight to see for sure.  Absolutely breathtakingly beautiful....and Big Ben....there is just something about seeing these in person that is far more gratifying than any book, postcard or story can tell!  We toured Westminster Abbey for almost 2 hours...just learning the history it holds.  The Abbey dates back to the 12th century, it is Gothic style architecture and also serves as a burial ground for past Kings, Queens, Archbishops and other poets and historical figures.  We saw the original coronation chair that has been used for 38 coronations, and is still used to this day!!

Leaving Westminster, we took the red double decker bus to Trafalgar Square.  We did a little shopping, watched a lifesize chess tournament in the middle of the square and enjoyed just being there.  Saleri, an Italian restaurant, is where we had dinner before our first Theater experience in London.  It was a tiny but adorable little place and the food was outstanding!

After cheesecake and cappuccino's we made our way to Savoy Theater for Dreamboats and Petticoats.  It was an enjoyable show, set in the 60's with some of the greatest music from that time period.  Its so strange to hear the actor's with their British accents when they talk, but lose the accent then when they sing.  After taking 2 tube trains and a bus ride, we finally made it back to the B&B......and crashed!!!  

It was a fabulous day, and we had a blast...not sure it can get much better than this!!!!!!


Grimes Life said...

LOVE LOVE the posting! Tell your mom and sis hello! I am so glad y'all are having fun and learning so much history too!