Friday, April 6, 2012

London: royal stuff and funny accents

We got into London really late Thursday night; it took forever to get to our hostel from the airport.

Friday we went on a free walking tour around the royal part of London. It was cool because we got to see many of the big sights, but we didn't get to go into any of them. We walked on the Queen's grass in Green Park, stood outside Buckingham Palace, and took pictures of some statuesque Coldstream guarding Prince Charles's house. We ate lunch at a pub at the end of the tour where we got fish and chips and some cider. Then we met up with some of the other Rome kids for high tea at the Orangery at Kensington Palace. We went on a pub crawl that night, which was cool seeing different places in the center of the city.

Saturday we went to the Cabinet War Rooms. It is the bunker underneath the Prime Minister's office where Churchill spent most of the war strategizing and monitoring things with his staff. They sealed the rooms when the war ended, and now they've been restored to how they looked during it. It was a really interesting experience. After that we went to see Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre. It was really good, and the singers were all amazing.

Saturday night we all went on the cruise on Thames river with all the other Notre Dame people from Europe. It was good seeing them again, especially the guys from my dorm.

Sunday we got up and went to the Tower of London. It was interesting to see all the different parts of the fortress. It's not just a tower where they imprisoned and tortured people: there's a lot more than that. There were armories and different historical exhibits. It's also where the Crown Jewels are kept. Everything is either gold, or otherwise covered in diamonds and gems. Then we got lunch in a pub, where I tried steak & ale pie and chicken, ham, and leek pie.

Then we had to catch a train to the airport, where we were late for our flight, until it was delayed.

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