Today we took a break from The Victorian aspect of our trip and visited some historic locations in London. Or first location was Westminster Abbey and I must say the building was amazing in so many ways. It was interesting to see how much time and effort was put into making the building so beautiful. Out of all of the history we learned about Westminster, I particularly found interest in the fact that poets and writers were buried there. I did not know much about Westminster Abbey, so finding out that Geoffrey Chaucer, C.S. Lewis, and even Charles Darwin were buried there was very surprising to me. After Westminster, we walked around the area and stopped by the parliament buildings and walked through St.James Park. I fell in love with the park as soon as I set my eyes on it. here were so many beautiful flowers, plants, and bodies of water. It reminded me of Piedmont Park in Atlanta, except it was more colorful because of the bright grass and flowers. Our walk through the park then led us toward Buckingham Palace. Unfortunately, the guards were not outside today, but being in front of Buckingham Palace was amazing nonetheless.
After our last stop of the tour, a few of us decided to go to Oxford Street since it was close by. This area is by far the best shopping strip I have ever been to. It had any store you could think of plus more. That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I think you get the idea. We didn’t have much time on Oxford Street, so we will be going back tomorrow to explore and do some shopping. Since we were so mesmerized by all of our shopping options, we were almost late to our group meet up at the fountain on Trafalgar Square. Luckily, we made it just in time.
Our dinner plans didn’t go as planned, but we ended up having a great dinner anyways. Instead of having Indian food, we ended up at an Italian restaurant named Spaghetti House. I have vowed to try something new each day here, so having authentic Italian food definitely fit that criteria. The food was delicious and all of the ingredients tasted fresh. Our night ended with a viewing of Much A’Do About Nothing and the show was amazing. I love theater, so being able to see a play in London was a great experience for me.