first full day in London

today was full and tiring – and fun!

we went to shakespeare’s globe theatre!  we’re actually doing a full tour tomorrow but we stopped in today to see if we might be able to get tickets to saturday night’s peformance of Midsummer Night’s Dream, but no luck.    oh well. 

and then we went and saw the Metropolitan Tabernacle (where C.H. Spurgeon preached!).  that was very cool!  the building has actually been bombed and damaged multiple times in the last century, so the front main part is very similar (columns are original), but not identical.  the inside is actually completely different.  but it was still really neat to be there.  i purchased a slim leatherbound copy of “The Cheque Book of the Bank of Faith” (which i don’t have) from the bookstore there. 

then mom and i went and saw the Parliament building with “Big Ben”, as well as the outside of Westminster Abbey.  both are gorgeous buildings!!



then it was off to ride the London Eye.  Mom got a little nervous standing near the edge of the pod, but i loved every minute of it!  we took lots of pictures from very high up.   

i think the parliament/big ben building is my favorite one in london. 

this is the Wellington Arch just outside Hyde Park:

mom and i walked all the way through Hyde Park.  it was a lovely day!  sunny and cool with a bit of a breeze.  rather unusual for London, so we were praising God for such a gift!

here’s me along the walk (ice cream stands are everywhere here – and i’m quite happy to support them!):

and the whole POINT of walking through hyde park (well, the whole point for me at least) was to see THIS:
(the Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park)
fairies along the base

all in all it was a lovely day. 

tomorrow we’re off for the actual tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, hopefully tea at The Orangery at Kensington Palace, and then seeing The Lion King on London’s broadway!



6 thoughts on “first full day in London

  1. great pictures andrea! I’m so glad you are having such a great time. Have you tried to make a guard laugh yet? It was always fun trying to get them to be “at ease”… they never would though

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