Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Sightseeing in London

Today is our big day of sightseeing. We are going to Oxford Circus to see the House of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey and we will also be taking high tea.

There is a GIANT protest in Parliament Square, which is equal parts interesting and annoying.

In Parliament Square, Westminster Abbey (coronation place and resting place of royalty) was built first, followed by St. Margaret's, an then Westminster Hall which is attached to Big Ben. A second bell was installed in 1856 after the first bell cracked.

We also visited the replica of the Globe Theater. There were 1000 oak trees that went into the making of the theater. The replica has a thatch roof, banned after the great fire of London. The replica is 2 miles from the original site. replica was begun in 1969 and completed in 1997, almost thirty years and £27 million. Plays were originally held at 2pm when the stage was lit naturally.

After the Globe was high tea and a stop by the ice cream parlor.

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