BC: Designed by: Melissa McCoy
FC: LONDON | 2011
1: Literary London | May 15-June 3, 2011
2: We stayed at Inverness Terrace in "flats" or efficiency apartments. | The Flats | Though there was no air-conditioning there were large windows in each room that we would open to get a breath of street air.
3: The Flats varied in size as the building was a remodeled Victorian house. Though the structure was broken into rooms there were still signs of its former glory. This door frame shows its original crown molding. This hallwayÂ’s rooms had foot wide molding along the outer edge of the combined ceilings. I often imagined it was once a ballroom.
4: Travelling by foot on a three hour walking tour. | a | The statue in front of the palace. | We stopped at Buckingham Palace but the Queen was not in. When the Queen is in a building she has a flag raised with her crest.
5: 2011 | Royalty’s initials were in many of the designs. | We also learned that each gate represented a different area of the British Empire.
6: Sights on the tour | Parliament | Westminster Abby | The London Eye | Big Ben
7: We also visited the British Library. They have an exhibit containing everything from Davinich's notes to Beatles lyrics!
8: Austen's House in Chawton
9: Above is Austen's garden. In the upper right is a thatched roof in Chawton. They are said to last as long as shingles. To the right a spot of tea at the café across the street named after Jane's beloved sister Cassandra.
10: When going on historic walks it was difficult to stay together with a group of 13. The lights only stay red so long and the traffic does not wait! Also there are few cheep eating places that could seat us all. | Of note is that the streets can change names randomly. This picture shows Russell Street and Bloomsbury Square.
11: Among the many historic buildings and streets there are plaques. We went on "blue plaque walks" including Russell Square to find them. They are not all blue nor the same shape so it was sometimes tricky. Here are a few we found and some signs.
12: While reading Dickens' Oliver Twist, Dr.Spencer took us to see The George Inn. This classic building was commonplace in Dickens time. Thus, a place like this is mentioned in the text. We used this building as a reference when reading and for discussion.
13: Thomas Carlyle | Carlyle's house and museum was the best in the city! This house was less crowded as we got there early, we had the house to ourselves. The in-house guide was very sweet and informative. She even took a group picture for us. This is the picture at the beginning of this album.
14: Stonehenge | Stonehenge is a beautiful place in the country side. The hills of green go for miles and the wind seemed to never stop. They now have a marked out path around the stones for people to view them at a distance. Previously one could touch and sit on the stones.
15: Lunch at the Stonehenge cafe! This is where I found the best sausage pastry, crisp n flakey exterior. Yummy!
16: On top of | the world! | at Shakespeare's Globe!
17: This is a balcony where we went on the tour of the Globe. Later that night we attended a comedy: Much Ado About Nothing.
18: The subway or "tube" was the best way to get around the city. Some stations were elaborate like here at St Pancras Station. Others were hard to find like Leicester Square station as seen in the lower picture on the right.
19: The Tube | "Mind the Gap" T-shirts! | Every time a train entered the station and opened its doors for loading there would be a recorded voice stating: "Mind the Gap". It was known that people had fallen onto the tracks before so we stayed back behind the yellow line for safety. When in an unfamiliar place always listen, mind signs and stay safe!