(OE’s Title for this Post: Most Amazing Day with OE Ever!!!)
OE and I spent yesterday in London, one of my favorite cities in the world. We started off with a service at breathtaking Westminster Abbey. The acoustics of the choir sent shivers down my spine—so rich and yet so haunting. We walked over Winston Churchill’s marker to get to our seats (sorry, dude!), which were by the gravestone of William Blake, the famous poet. After the service we ran into fellow VPOer JB, headed to a later service. You really can’t get away from Virginia!
Westminster Abbey. Because I’m writing this in the airport, the photos from this post come courtesy of your friend and mine, Google Images.
After Westminster, we walked up towards Trafalgar Square, past Whitehall Palace, whence lived the Tudors (pre-Buckingham Palace), doing the general tourist gawk. After lunch we hopped the subway down to Buckingham Palace itself. Then, not-so-deftly dodging the traffic diversions due to the Bike Race, we went over to the Tower of London for a quick goggle at the crown jewels. The Tower is one of the coolest historical attractions in London: its history of torture and imprisonment, its famous prisoners (Anne Boleyn? Elizabeth I? anyone?), its menagerie, its historical reenactments of medieval swordfights, and, of course, the crown jewels themselves. Amazing!
The Imperial Crown, a perfect accessory to go from day to evening.
We finished up the day with a cruise down the Thames, passing the Globe, the London Eye, 10 Downing Street, and more. It was a full day, but a ton of fun!
Before I leave off, however, OE deserves a special mention for being my constant travel buddy this summer. Together we have gotten through delayed planes, vague tutors, unmarked bus stations, and pushy tourists. And mostly we have laughed. (A lot. Like eleven year olds.) Only OE, when I say things like, “If I go crazy, will you come with me?” responds, “Go?”
So thank you, OE, and here’s to a great senior year at Sweet Briar!