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Wednesday, November 12, 2008
11/11 Big Ben and Parliament/Westminster Abbey
Hooray! Finally a break from the pouring rain and hurricane strength winds that consumed Monday. I woke up today and the sun was shining! Granted, there were still dark rain clouds looming around, but for all intensive purposes – this was a beautiful day! I spent the morning running errands – library, finally finding the post office, internet…the usual. After lunch I decided to enjoy the nice weather and take in some tourist sites. Since it was a Tuesday, I was hoping they wouldn’t be too crowded.
I took the tube to Westminster. I exited the underground and while spinning around trying to get my bearings, I found myself face to face with Big Ben. I couldn’t believe how close I was right away; it took me a minute to come out of my tourist trance. Even though the sun was out, the wind was still a force to be reckoned with and the temperature was cold, so I got right to the site seeing. I walked around Big Ben and the Parliament buildings and then headed across the street to Westminster Abbey. I didn’t go inside any of them (save that for another day), but I made sure to see them from every angle from the outside.
Since it is winter and we all know I have a low tolerance for weather below 75*, I wandered over to the Tate British Museum. It has a nice collection of artwork, mostly paintings, by British artists from the 1500s – present day. I spent a couple of hours walking around taking in some culture and then decided to call it a day.
Once I get my internet hooked up to the apt (hopefully by next week!!) I will post a link so you can view all the pics I took today…until then, these couple will have to do!