Amazing day out in London

Trip Start Feb 28, 2010
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Trip End Aug 28, 2010


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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Genevieve's entry

Today we went to four amazing places. The first was St Paul's Cathedral. The second was Tate Modern. The third was the London Eye and the fourth was Trafalgar Square. 

When we arrived at St Paul's a man gave us a key that you swipped to go up in the lift. We first went underground to The Crypt. We walked around  and saw the old graves that were on the ground with carved golden letters of their names.The special ones we saw were the Duke of Wellington and Sir George Grey who was a Governor of New Zealand. Then we went  up to the church floor. Mum took a photo when there were lots of signs saying please do not take photos and the  minister came and told her off.  Facts - There has been a Cathedral on this site for 1400 years. It is named after Paul, one of the first Christians who brought the good news of Jesus to Europe. Inside the Dome, 257 steps up from the Cathedral Floor is the Whispering Gallery.

Then we went to the Tate Modern and we met one of Grandma's cousins, Mary. We had lunch with her. I ordered a juicy lamb steak that made your tastebuds smile! On the side I had home made french fries and a salad. When we had eaten we all went down to a photo gallery. We first went into a room that had pictures of people that hadn't known that they had been taken. Some were in colour but most of them were in black and white. I wouldn't call this the best photo gallery I have ever seen. It was still a good one. One of my favourite photos was of the Queen with her two corgies. Facts  -  Exhibition Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera. Shocking, witty and revealing, Exposed is an engrossing exhibition of photography, offering an illuminating insight into the subjects of celebrity, surveillance and the unseen photographer.

The third thing we did was the London Eye. First we went to a room that showed us a little about the London Eye. It was 4D with water, air, bubbles and snow. It was an amazing experience. Then we got escorted up to the front like usual and hopped on the London Eye. We got higher and higher and higher and we could see Big Ben in front of us and Buckingham Palace where the Queen lives. Finally we got to the top and I could think of so many words to describe it - excellent, fabulous, incredible, sensational, speechless, great and spectacular. You could see all over London. Then we started to drift slowly down again. Facts - The world's largest observation wheel, the British Airways London Eye, opened in 2000. It is the fourth-tallest structure in London, offering panoramic views that extend for some 40km (25 miles) if the weather's clear. Passengers are carried in 32 "pods" that make a complete revolution every half-hour. Along the way you'll see some of London's most famous landmarks from a bird's-eye view.

After that we went to Trafalgar Square. We were only there for a few minutes as Dad had bailed on us and wanted to go home. There was an amazing fountain with lion statues roaring away like they were in real life. Facts - Trafalgar Square is the largest square in London and has been a central meeting place since the Middle Ages. At the center of the square is the tall Nelson's Column which was built to commemorate the victory of Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson over the French fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar on the 21st of October 1805. Nelson was fatally wounded during that famous battle off the Spanish coast. His body was taken back to London and buried in the St. Paul's Cathedral.

We caught the red double decker bus home and that was the end of our day in London. 

Rosemary writes -  It was great to catch up with Mum's cousin, Mary at the Tate Modern. It had been 23 years since I had last seen her in London. We talked about family and old times over a lovely lunch and then wandered through the gallery exhibitions together - Exposed and Francis Alys: A Story of Deception. 

We have started to catch the buses around London which is easy and interesting. Most have wheelchair access which is a bonus. I felt very at home in London today as we explored the city and wandered along The Thames. All sorts of memories came flooding back of my time here in the late 1980's when I lived here for three years on my OE.  It is fab to be able to return "home" to Janet's each night and chat over a glass of wine and dinner.
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Emma Faulconbridge on

Great description of London Genevieve - all sounds very wonderful and I think the London Eye would be incredible to go on the views look and sound incredible! Lots of love to you all xx

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