I am very fortunate to be sharing a room with my best friend, Shelby. One funny memory with her was during the first night in the hotel. It was approximately 5:30 am when I heard "Janey, are you awake?" To which I quickly replied, "I am now." Luckily for her sake, I eventually fell back asleep. We told some members of the group this story, and it gave them a chuckle. This is such a fun and great group to travel with, and we have made many memories in such short time!
Yesterday, March 19, was my favourite day so far. It was a jam-packed day of London history and of course, the continued competition to see who can come up with the worst joke. I was in the lead until Rene, another student and good friend of mine said one at breakfast. She said: "What did the fisherman say to the magician? Pick a cod and cod."
After our delicious hotel breakfast, we took the Tube to Westminster, where Parliament and Westminster Abbey are located. This is where we met up with a private guide, Simon. I found the guide very useful, as he filled our brains with knowledge of the history of Parliament and of Westminster Abbey. He was fun to have as a guide as he made jokes with us and gave nicknames to some people in the group, (Shelby became "the clever one", and Mr. Dewinetz became "The Barometer of Truth"). From him, we learned many facts about the architecture and important people involved with the Parliament buildings and the Abbey. Fortunately, we were able to tour inside the Abbey (but no photos allowed inside). We viewed many tombs of past kings, queens, and significant people such as Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Lewis Carroll, and Lord Alfred Tennyson. The architecture of the Abbey was extravagant with its detail, and structure forms a cross from a bird's eye view. I can honestly say it was the most beautiful building I have ever been in; completely magnificent.
|Palace of Westminster, Complete with Big Ben (or the Clock tower holding the bell Big Ben), and a statue of Oliver Cromwell.|
|Palace of Westminster (Left) across the street from Westminster Abbey (right), which was built to match. Pretty close, right?|
|Inside court yard at Westminster Abbey. No photos were allowed inside, but I can promise you it's beautiful.|
|Group Photo outside Westminster Abbey, plus a few details of the architecture.|
|Westminster Abbey, Celina outside the front doors, Group inside the hallway before going in, and a few of the front.|
|Blue Bridge in St. James' Park, with Buckingham Palace in the background. Harsimran, Qudrat, Rene, Harjot, Mr. Becker and Mr. Dewinetz throw in coins and make a wish, while Janey and Shelby jump for joy and Ms. Mulji takes in the site.|
|Horse Guard. You are allowed to have your photo taken at your own risk, as long as you don't disturb the guards. See Kimmi, Qudrat and Harsimran, left, and Ms. Garr petting the horse, right.|
|Janey in front of the "ministry of magic"|
|Group shot in front of the tower of London (top), Mr. Becker in front of the tower (bottom left), Harjot, Harleen and Simran in front of tower bridge (centre) and the guards matching through the tower grounds (right).|
|Mrs. Becker, Suesha and Rene, and the Tower Bridge.|
|The White Tower, Traitor Gate and group listening to our guide Simon explain the history of the Tower of London.|
Blog post by Janey T. and Photos by Alyssa Becker