The next morning, Diane cheerfully said, “Go down to the lobby. There’s food there and a whole lot of people from our group.” Great. I was a little nervous about meeting all the others. But with limited spending money, I had to take advantage of every meal that was offered as part of the tour. “Okay” I said, but on the inside I was thinking “I don’t really need to eat today.”
But down to the lobby I went. I found an empty spot at a table where several folks were already talking and eating. In fact, they were laughing, too. “Look at this thing. What’s wrong with it?” This guy was laughing and trying to pour tea from a teapot. The tea was sputtering out and making a mess.
Now the only tea I had ever drank was iced tea to which my mom always added two full cups of sugar. “Just like Kook-Aid”, she’d say. But I digress.
As soon as I swallowed the biscuit I was eating, I couldn’t help but say, “Hold it up higher. Not so close to the cup.” I don’t know how I knew to do that, but somehow looking at the shape of the teapot told me that.
So, he held the teapot higher, and the tea poured out smoothly in a neat cascade right into his tea cup.
“How did you know that?”
“I don’t know. Maybe by the shape of the teapot.”
“You must be smart.”
Well, that made me a bit uncomfortable, but very quickly, introductions were made, conversations began, and I had made another new friend. His name was Jerry Edelman, and he was from Van Nuys, California. With Diane from Florida, Jerry from California and me from the Midwest, we had our country covered.
Very quickly breakfast was over. Then we all got on our bus, and we spent the day exploring London.
According to Google, Westminster Abbey is 753 years old; however, back in 1979, it was only 710 years old. Even so, during my visit it was undergoing some restoration. According to Google, more than 3,000 people are buried at Westminster Abbey, including many famous people. There are writers, poets, playwrights, and scientists. Among others, Scientists’ Corner includes Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton and Stephen Hawking. I would love to vist Westminster Abbey again and take a tour. It seems to me it would be quite inspiring to be among all that history and so many great contributors to the human race, even though they are all dead.
Prince Albert’s Memorial
We also saw the Prince Albert Memorial which was completed in 1872. Notice the areas of black paint on the statue. This was how the statue looked for 80 years, including the time of my visit. However, years after I was there, the memorial underwent a ten year restoration which was completed in 1998. The areas which had been covered in black paint were regilded.
Click here to see what it looks like today. Sounds like another reason why I need to go back.
Tower of London
The Tower of London dates back to 1066. And, of course, it’s chock full of history. It has served in many roles including the royal residence as well as a prison. Which some may say is the same thing. I didn’t know much history back then, so I was kind of surprised to learn of its reputation as a place of torture and execution. I still don’t know much about the Tower of London and all its history.
Moving on, we took the bus to see Windsor Castle. I was surprised at how long and sprawling it was. Kind of like a home addition that got out of hand.
And finally, what trip to London would be complete without seeing Piccadilly Circus? Click here to see what Piccadilly Circus looks like now. If you scroll down on the link’s page, there is short, fun video.
Next up: Leaving London and the Longest Day Ever