FC: Pitt in London Study Abroad Spring 2010
1: Europe here I come! | http://rachelinlondon2010.blogspot.com/ | January 13, 2010 Philadelphia to London!
2: Natural History Museum Victoria and Albert Museum My favorite part about the museums being free is that you can pop in and out whenever. This way, your visit is completely relaxing and enjoyable. There is no rush to see the entire museum in one day.
5: Buckingham Palace
7: I am with Miss Blundell in Year Two which is mostly 6 and 7 year olds and equivalent to our first grade. All the kids just call the teachers "Miss" and it's adorable!
8: Sarah and I walked from Oxford St. back to our apartment and stopped at The Pride of Paddington for a Sunday roast. | Paddington
9: We had roast beef, peas, asparagus, carrots, baby corn, potatoes, and Yorkshire pudding all for 9.95 pounds. It was so delicious and satisfying.
10: Stonehenge and Bath day trip | Stonehenge
11: Just me, the wind, the rain, and the stones. I was able to stand as close as I could get without being pushed out of the way for a fellow tourist to take a picture. I got jealous of a bird that landed on top of the stones.
15: Home of Jane Austen (who in fact was not very fond of Bath). | Welcome to Bath
16: Jane Austen's apartment | Natural Hot Springs
17: The acorns on the top of the building are connected to the story of Bladud. According to legend, he was a prince who lived about 3000 years ago. He went to study in Athens, but caught a skin disease called leprosy. When he returned to this country people were afraid of catching the disease, so he was not allowed to go back to his kingdom. He could only find work looking after pigs. Unfortunately his pigs caught leprosy from him. One day the pigs wandered into a place where hot water springs were coming through the ground, and they started rolling in the mud. Bladud used acorns from the nearby oak trees to attract the pigs away. After the mud had dried, he noticed that the pigs had been cured of the skin disease. He went back and rolled in the mud himself, and was also cured. He was then accepted back into his kingdom, and founded the town of Bath near the springs.
18: The architect of the Abbey was Oliver King. Since many people couldn't read at the time when the Abbey was built, he signed his name on the front entrance by carving an olive tree with a crown around it. On the sides of the entrance there were angles climbing up to heaven.
20: Bath is a very small town because the Romans had built a wall around the town so the town was not expanded for a long time. Many people believed and still believe that the springs have healing powers. Jane Austen doubted this! She wrote about her doubt in a letter to her friend!
21: Bath Abbey
22: Chloe, Sarah, and I went to the Portobello Road Market today and it was very fun. There was a ton of antique costume jewelry being sold. A lot of it was junky but then they had things in cases and those were the nice things. There was this beautiful 200 pound diamond cluster ring and a gold band that I fell in love with
23: I ended up buying a non-antique jade bangle. I really liked the color of it. We got lunch which was great for warming up our cold bodies. I had an egg and bacon baguette. It was scrumptious. The “bacon” was actually ham. It was a very salty meal.
25: 5 Praed Home Sweet Home!
26: Tate Britain William Turner
28: The Battle of Britain | War Memorial
29: Walking tour with the great Mike Fosdal. "Hello, America." | London Eye
30: This Mini looks like it came straight out of an Austin Power's movie! Sarah has the best hair to braid. Korey looks like Wolverine | My life in London
31: Eleonora and I at Pizza Express
32: What a fabulous night! The musical Oliver (Twist) is being feature at a theater less than a block from St. Clement Danes. I knew that I couldn't walk past it every day and not ever see it. During my lunch break, I went to the theater to get a student ticket. I got the best seat in the entire house! Thanks to Oliver.
33: Oliver started at 7:30 and I got out of school at 3:45. I didn't feel like going home just to eat dinner and come back. The area I work in is really cool, so I figured I would just walk around and look at all the shops. I went to the Covent Garden Market and I didn't even go in any shops! There were street performers all over and I just went from one performer to the next.
35: I went to the Tower of London with Sarah and Chloe. The Tower of London is where all the crown jewels are kept. I saw a pile of 12,300 + diamonds! They were next to a crown that had all the jewels taken out. It is amazing the difference between a crown without jewels and a crown with jewels. The jewels make it so shiny! The Tower of London was different than I thought it would be. From the outside it looks like one solid castle. When you get inside it is actually very open with courtyards and everything. One of the coolest parts about the visit was walking around and learning the architecture of the Tower. The stairs were very scary though. Very narrow and windy. I found it easiest to walk up the stairs sideways. | Tower of London
36: V & A Museum of Childhood
37: One of the many walking tours with the great Professor Mike Fosdal
38: I was in awe the whole time of actually seeing James Earl Jones in person. And guess what? He was HILARIOUS!
39: “Listening to James Earl Jones’s voice—recognized around the world—one would never guess that he spent his childhood as a virtual mute due to a severe stuttering problem. With the help of an extraordinary high school teacher, Jones overcame his stutter and transformed his weakness into his greatest strength.” | Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
40: J'adore Pari
41: I love the Eiffel Tower
44: After the Siene boat ride we took the metro to Montmartre, the tallest out of the 7 total hills in France, to see the Basilica of the Sacré Cur. Again, another beautiful church. Even being situated on top of the tallest hill in France, the Basilica of the Sacré Cur only beats the Eifle Tower for the tallest point in Paris by the tip of its dome. Montmartre is also known for its artists and is known to have inspired Salvador Dalí,Modigliani, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh. We walked around the tower center and there were many new artists drawing tourists portraits. Some of the artists were very good, others were not! Before going down the hill we grabbed a quick bite to eat. I got a ham and cheese sandwich with cheese melted on top. Delicious! | Basilica of the Sacré Cur
45: Musee du Louvre. Winged Victory of Samothrace, the Goddess Nike. Mona Lisa. Venus de Milo.
46: The Most Pierced Woman in the World | The London Eye
47: Even though it was a rainy day, it was great to see London from a different view.
48: King Henry VIII | Hampton court Palace | Lindsay and I attended the (sixth) wedding of King Henry VIII and Kathryn Parr at Henry's favorite Palace, Hampton Court!
51: QPR Football and Sheraz for Curry
52: Chinese New Year The Year of the Tiger
57: Welcome to Barcelona! Mmm... Paella
59: Poble Espanyol, La Rambla, Christopher Columbus, Face of Barcelona, Mediterranean Sea | On top of Montjuic, view of Barcelona | Me, Lindsay, and Dave
60: La Sagrada Familia - Church of the Holy Family
61: Dave, Me, Lindsay in the tower | Barcelona! | Ran into Sarah at La Sagrada Familia
63: Port Olympic, House by Antoni Gaudi, Park Guel, Barcelona FC Stadium | In Park Guel
64: Colosseum at night | Arch of Constantine | The Colosseum was only a ten minute walk from our hotel in Rome!
65: First stop... gelato!
66: Inside the Colosseum
68: Sistine Chapel
69: St Peter's Basilica
70: Best of Rome Walking Tour
71: Trevi Fountain, St Maria de Popolo Church, Spanish Steps, The Pantheon
73: Laboratorio di pasticceria Siciliana | I asked the concierge where to find a good cannoli and he said "It's off the map!" You have to go out of the tourist areas to get the good stuff. This little shop was the only thing on the street. I walk in and asked, "Do you have cannolis?" And the Old Italian Man behind the counter said, (in Italian of course) "I don't speak English." And then I held up two fingers and said "Cannolis?" And the Italian temper came out, he was throwing his hands in the air saying he didn't speak English. I just starred at him, thinking, "I don't know how to say cannoli in Italian. I thought it was Italian." So we just starred at each other for a pregnant pause, and then he said "Oh, cannoli!" I guess my American accent REALLY threw him off!!
74: Dinner and a Musical! | The West End
76: Kensington Gardens of Hyde Park
78: King's Cross Station, Arthur's Seat, the Royal Mile, Hollyrood Palace, St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh Castle, Underground Vaults beneath the South Bridge in Old Town Edinburgh, Robert the Bruce, Stirling Castle, Three Sisters at Glencoe, Clansman Center, Claymore of the Chief of the Fraser Clan
79: Edinburgh, Scotland and the Highlands
80: Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness, Culloden Battlefield, Woods of Macbeth
83: ZSL London Zoo, Windsor Castle, Queen's Standard
84: Wouldn't mind living here | Henry Moore
85: Freud's House | "Do NOT feed the Pigeons"
86: Love for all, Hatred for none
88: Legally Blonde
91: Macbeth by Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre
92: Portobello Road
93: Sarastro's with Ashley