In June of 1969, while living in Germany, my father and I visited London, England for a week. A great experience, combining the elements of history with the “mod” era of Carnaby St., Mary Quant, Twiggy, George Best. The Beatles were still together then and I was so disappointed we didn’t run into them! 😉 Unfortunately, photos were lost over the years, so this post will lack a particular personal touch, but I hope it’s still interesting, based on my recollections.
This tourist video will give you a little taste of London:
My favourite attractions included the Tower of London, which had the Crown Jewels on display. Mind-boggling ostentation! Apart from that, I’m a real history buff and was soaking it all in. It dates back to the Norman conquest of England and was used as a prison from 1100 to 1952.
Nearby is the world famous Tower Bridge; even more spectacular in person! Construction began in April, 1886 and took eight years to complete.
Another fascinating historical site (on the UNESCO World Heritage list), is Westminster Abbey, a large Gothic church, whose construction began in 1245, as ordered by King Henry III. Most Royal weddings have taken place there (but not Charles’ and Diana’s). Over the course of history, it became one of Britain’s most significant honours to be buried or commemorated in the Abbey.
Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum is another attraction one could spend hours exploring! The likenesses of the wax figurines to their human counterparts are spot on. Particularly fun for me were the battle scenes, complete with sound effects, sparks and smoke. The Planetarium is worth a visit, as well.
After all that sightseeing, you’re bound to be hungry, yes? How about a Hamburger at Wimpy?
Have you ever been or would you like to go to London?
Looking forward to your comments!