Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Day 4: Unique London Finds

Today, I had a chance to do more site seeing around London. I started off my day with a tour of Wesminster Abbey. Wow. It's a 1000 years of history in one location - I can't even fathom that.

The Abbey, along with being a working church, is basically a walk in cemetery. Every few steps you walk over a stone inscription, many of which have burials under them. Maybe folks are used to this, but this was totally foreign to me. Jews typically bury their dead in such a way that they can decompose and return to nature as quickly as possible. So, we wouldn't opt to bury them in buildings.

What I was really lacking to appreciate this tour was a history refresher course. I'm sure it would have been much more impressive to see Queen Elizabeth I or Mary Queen of Scots' burial if I could actually remember a detail or two about their reign. Luckily, there are plenty of tombs and monuments to more familiar persons, such as Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, and the Tomb Of The Unknown Warrior, that I could appreciate.

Continuing the trend I started yesterday, check out what I found while I was around the perimeter of the Abbey:

That, ladies and gentlemen, is the oldest door in England. It goes along with my snapshot of the oldest licensed premises in London.

This afternoon I found myself at yet another unique location: the London Apple Store. Turns out, they have the largest Apple Store in the world. I'm not just goofing off listening to an iPod, I'm enjoying future history. One day, this spot will be written up in Fodors, and no doubt given a star or two.

Oh, and I'm way overdue for a snapshot of Big Ben on the blog. So here it is:

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