St Paul's Cathedral, Sightseeing & Movies

Trip Start Jul 02, 2012
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Trip End Oct 04, 2012


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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Richard and I decided to visit St Pauls this morning.  After exploring the amazing cathedral floor, we climbed up to the Whispering Gallery and tested out the walls where you stand opposite each other (about 30ft apart) and whisper into the wall.  The acoustics mean that the other person can hear you...very cool.  

Next level up took us to the top of the dome and then another 100 or so more took us even further up to the top of the lantern with amazing views out over the city.  527 steps back down and we were ready for a drink so we went down to the Crypt where they have set up a cafe and took a breather before exploring the amazing collection of tombs and monuments down there including Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Christopher Wren himself.   

The cathedral was fantastic, beautiful, intricate, huge and incredible to see the detail and sheer enormity of what they created so long ago before any of the modern equipment builders have at their disposal today.
 
 




 
 


I met up with Matt who took me to see the church he and Julia were married in.  St Bartholemew the Great is a gorgeous medieval church built in 1100 and used in several films including Four Weddings and a Funeral.  It was fantastic to finally see the church and we stepped through the ceremony, walking through the doors to where the choir stood singing the bride and groom in.  Very cool! 

  Ever the tour guide, Matt then whisked me around some interesting places including past the ruins of the original London Wall built by the Romans in 100 (!) and rediscovered after the Great Fire when the ashes and debris were cleared away.  It's one of the things I love about wandering around London, you'll turn a corner and there will be a plaque on a non-descript looking building signaling something crazily old or significant that occurred there hundreds of years earlier. Once again, you'd need weeks to really see a decent amount of what London has to offer. 
 
After Matt went back to work, I wandered down to the Monument to see where the Great Fire started and discovered that you can climb up to the top.  Never one to miss an opportunity, up I went, this time it was 311 steps and more great views.  I think I've done enough climbing for a wee while now!
 
 

Michael and I went to see Diary of a Wimpy Kid at the movies which was very funny and then discovered a very cool shop called Hotel Chocolat which had an amazing array of all things chocolate including a "sleepover kit" with all sorts of goodies for a sleepover! We treated ourselves to a "dipping pot" which consisted of a pot of warm liquid chocolate together with a platter of things to dip...breadsticks, banana and marshmallows. YUM!
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