Beginning with Westminster Abbey
Today was a day of strange mishaps … two of our group members unfortunately received the falling gift of pigeon excrement, but luckily they were able to clean it up.
As for our tours, even though today didn’t have a direct link to our readings like all of our other days have, I still found it to be extremely enjoyable! The tour of Westminster Abbey allowed us a look into the life of the Royal families that have reigned throughout time. Royal life is always mentioned throughout history courses because oftentimes the rich and wealthy have the best access to record what is going on in their life through their eyes. And what we say today was certainly representative of that. The crypts and the chapels within Westminster were ornately decorated with golds, bright reds, and blues. The outside of Westminster was just as ornately designed with high windows, but certainly not with as much color as the inside.
The views we saw today were certainly amazing, and St. James’ park (what you see in the featured image) was no exception. It was beautiful and full of color. Also, today had superb weather which meant it was a perfect day to stroll through the park.
After our tour through Westminster Abbey, we walked around to see other royal places such as Buckingham palace. We weren’t able to go inside of these places but were able to enjoy and admire them from outside. Much like our Dickens Tour on March 12 we learned a lot about London’s history. We continued living the “high life” (of Victorian social life) by going out to dinner and a theatre show.
Dinner, It Was an Experience
Specifically another strange mishap. Dr. McLeod made reservations at this really nice restaurant. We went there and made our reservation on time (early), and ten or so minutes after we sat down the power cut off. Our dinner quickly turned into a candle-lit wine night. We waited for about 10-20 more minutes for it to come back on, but it never did. It was quite unfortunate, but some of us got some free wine out of it (I unfortunately missed the opportunity).
After dinner complication number one, we were tasked with finding a restaurant that would accommodate our ten-person group. This was slightly anxiety inducing (the wine might have helped others over come this), but fortunately we found another nice restaurant that speedily took us in. The name “Spaghetti House” sounded kind of dinky, but it was actually delicious. I chose to have chicken and mushroom pasta. A little after we ordered our food, dinner complication number three happened: someone set off an alarm. At first we thought it was a fire alarm, but luckily enough the alarm was a result of some klutz bloke that went out the emergency door. After that mishap, we were finally able to dig into our meal and enjoy the night.
Much Ado About Nothing
This Shakespeare play was phenomenal! I greatly enjoyed it. It was definitely my favorite performance of the play I have ever seen live or through a movie. The actor and actress that played Benedick and Beatrice were my favorite. They made many of the humorous moments of the show really come to life, and basically every time they were on stage I was laughing. I especially liked the scene where Benedick was listening to Leonato and Claudio conversing over “Beatrice’s love.” On the contrary, the actor and actress that played Claudio and Hero made the dramatic portions of the play really stand out. The interesting thing about this performance was that it was re-imagined or modernized (sort of) in design; I think the costumes and music used illustrated a time period of somewhere in the 1920s, or the “roaring 20s.” (I’m not actually sure, but the military and police uniforms seemed to be fitting of this time, and Hero’s masquerade dress was flapper-like in nature; regardless, it certainly was a more modernized version of the play.) As a final note, I thought it was excellent how the cast gave a full acting/singing/dancing performance.