Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Westminster Abbey - Day 9, Part 1

Our hotel in the County Hall building was just across Westminster Bridge from Big Ben, the Parliament Building, and Westminster Abbey. On the ninth day of our trip, we started our day by walking the bridge and making our way over to what is conceivably the most famous church in England.

Pictures are not allowed inside the abbey, but the inside really is something spectacular. With over 3000 men and women buried there, you can't help but walk across the grave stones of some of the most famous names in British history. My favorite part of the church is Poet's Corner where great names like T.S. Eliot, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and Shakespeare are memorialized. Let's be honest though - I also got a kick out of walking where William and Kate were married just months ago. Our tour guide, a verger who works in the abbey, had all sorts of interesting anecdotes about the royal wedding and, more importantly, the abbey and the men and women who have worshiped there during the past eight hundred years.

[ps. Our tour guide was the verger featured cartwheeling down the aisle in a youtube video that went viral mostly in the UK after the royal wedding. If you're having a rough day, it is an especially entertaining 30 seconds.]


The Leakes said...

Wow! What a trip! I've just skimmed all of you blog posts about it. Glad you were able to have such a great time!

forget laundry said...

I hadn't seen that clip- I have now. so fun