Beth in London, Day Two
Monday was our day to do the typical London sightseeing. We took the Underground to Trafalgar and trekked over to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. We learned that Parliament building is still called the Palace of Westminster and it was used as a royal residence until 1512. The Houses of Parliament, as we know them today, were rebuilt after a fire in 1834. Dave and I then toured Westminster Abbey. This magnificent building was built in 1065 and has over 3000 tombs in it, including many kings and queens. Westminster means Church in the West – as in west of St. Paul’s Cathedral. The abbey is beautiful, but I felt a little odd at first walking over people’s graves. But then we ate over the graves at a food stall inside the abbey!
What might not be on someone’s sightseeing list is the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms. It is just off Whitehall and well worth the hunt. These underground, bunker-like rooms were where Churchill and his officers met in secret to plan war strategy. The rooms were closed at the end of the war and never touched until they were opened years later with everything just as it was in 1945. The museum traces Churchill’s life. There is a great quote from Churchill painted on one of the museum walls: “We are all worms, but I do believe I am a glow worm.”
Then back to Trafalgar, through the Admiralty Arch and up to Buckingham Palace. This palace was originally the Duke of Buckingham’s house. In 1761, George III bought it for his wife, Queen Charlotte. In 1837, Queen Victoria became the first sovereign to reside in it.
Tired again but we enjoyed every minute of the day! You’ll note I have not been injured yet. We easily fell into the habit of looking the right way before crossing the street. Tuesday was our trip to Bath.