S: European Adventure 2012
BC: DEPARTED | England | 28 JUNE 2012 | On to Spain!
1: To London!! | England | Summer 2012 | Big Ben was cast in 1858 and took two weeks to cast and cool. The clock was erected on 24 April 1858. It weighs 13.5 tons and is 2.98m x 2.75m in size. In 1837 Queen Victoria was the first monarch to make Buckingham palace their official residence. There are 600 rooms in the Palace and 400 people are employed there.
2: University of Roehampton | Where We Stayed:
3: Founded in 1841. First college in the Uk to admit women. Workplace of Fredriech Frobel, creator of the idea of "kindergarten". Began as a college for only teachers. Has departments spanding from Dance to English to Business to Psychology.
4: On 2 June, 2012 we traveled to Stonehenge. | Stonehenge was built c.3100 BC - c.1100 and is located on the Salisbury Plain in Southern England.
5: Stonehenge is the most renowned stone circle of the 900 some odd stone circles on the British Isles. There are two types of stones that make up Stonehenge -- Blue stones and sarsen stones. Neither type of stone is common in the area. Blue stones are found in the mountains of Wales which is over 240 miles away. The sarsen stones weigh 25 tons and are 18 feet high. It is believed that over 30 million hours or labor went into the creation of Stonehenge. I was very impressed by the skill shown here and thought it was truly amazing. | http://www.historicaltravelguide.com/stonehenge-facts.html
6: WINDSOR CASTLE: the Queen's favorite place of residence. 2 June, 2012 | Windsor Castle was built by William the Conqueror as a part of a defensive ring around London. Currently Windsor is the oldest castle inhabited by a royal family. One of the most spectacular parts of Windsor Castle is St. George's Chapel which was built under the reign of King Richard IV in 1475. St. George's Chapel is one of the finest and last remaining examples of the architectural style English Perpendicular Gothic. It is quite awe inspiring inside the chapel as the walls are primarily windows and there are few supporting columns. St. George's Chapel was my favorite part of the tour of the castle. Windsor is also where the Queen calls home. She spends most of her time at this castle when not at Buckingham working. The royal flag is raised when she is there and it was up during our tour. Unfortunately, I didn't catch a glimpse of her. The castle is so important to the royal family they took the last name of Windsor during WWI to distance themselves from their Germanic past. | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windsor_Castle
8: The Queen's Diamond Jubilee June 3-5, 2012
9: The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Queen's reign. On 3 June I attended the celebration and watch the boat pageant. Over 1,000 boats sailed down the Thames that day. It was awesome! There were so many people out to try to see the Queen and the Royal Family you could hardly move!
10: Westminster Abbey | I was in awe from the moment I stepped into the Abbey. Just the thought of all the kings and queens who had been there either for coronations, weddings, funerals, or were buried there astounded me. Monarchs from Henry III to Elizabeth I are buried there as well as many famous poets and important leaders. The architecture was beautiful and the craftsmanship of the statues was amazing. I especially remember the Welsh floor tiles in the front of the Abbey.
12: Tower of | London | 5June 2012 | Traitor's Gate | From James I of Scotland to Ann Boleyn to Sir Walter Raleigh, countless people were held at the Tower to await their execution. The tower holds many dark secrets as well, like the story of the Princes in the Tower. The story is of the finding of remains of Edward and Richard, sons of King Edward IV. Still today, no one knows what actually happened to them.
13: The oldest part of the Tower of London was built by the Romans in AD43. The Tower has been used for various things over the years and has housed many famous criminals as well as people awaiting execution. i | c. AD 43
15: 11 June 2012 | The Olympic Park is being built in London's West End. This is a rather impoverished area and was picked in hopes of creating jobs and reusable facilities for the townspeople. The town of Stratford is an old mill town and still has the old mills and wells reminiscent of the olden days. This year's Olympics are the most environmentally friendly yet.
19: Stratford and Warwick Castle 19 June 2012
20: Oxford: 22 June
22: Sherlock Holmes Museum 221b Baker St.
24: Abbey Road
26: around town in | LONDON
27: Statue of Queen Victoria. Queen Victoria holds the title of the longest reigning monarch. Holding power for 64 years, the period of her monarchy has been deemed the Victorian Age. She is one of the most revered monarchs in English history.
28: The London Eye, and the Ritz, and Big Ben are iconic images of London. The London Eye has 33 capsules, but number 13 is not used. The Ritz hotel opened in 1906 and has been an ideal location for wealthy travelers since.
29: The Olympic countdown is located in Trafalgar Square.
31: "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts..." | As You Like It Act 2, scene 7, 139–143
33: I have had so much fun being in London this month and am sad to leave! I have learned so much and have had the time of my life! June 2012