Westminster Abbey 

Not one person in line today, not a one other than school groups that seemed to go in a separate entrance. We strolled right in, took the audio headphone tour, wondered how many Anne’s, Mary’s, Elizabeth’s, Richard’s and Henry’s there could be – our heads were swimming in royal deaths. The beauty of the abbey can not be understated -as your might expect though, you’ll have to see it for yourselves as no photographs allowed inside.

As you enter, you see the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior lined with red poppies. It’s one of the few spots you don’t tread upon since many places along the church floor are large tombstone plaques. It seemed wrong to walk ON them but you couldn’t avoid them all. We saw someone who was buried there as recently as 2011, Rear Admiral Kenneth Arthur Snow, Receiver General and Chapter Clerk of Westminster Abbey. 
The RAF chapel was among the most memorable, dedicated to the men who died in the Battle of Britain between July and October 1940. 

Others buried here – Poets, Chaucer, Lord Byron, Dylan Thomas, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning, composer Handel, Charles Dickens, even Sir Lawrence Olivier.  

We came back to the hotel and looked at photos of weddings and funerals there to get a sense of the layout as we see it on television. We felt pretty stupid with regards to understanding British history but immensely enjoyed the tour. 

We left the Abbey via the Cloisters where I took this photo. Mr. EOS wants that weather vane creature. Griffon?

The plan after the Abbey was to tour the Parliament buildings but no tours until Saturday as parliament is in session. Boo hoo. 

We walked back to the hotel via the embankment road, catching a good glimpse of the London Eye.

Done for the day. Thankfully not staying up to watch the debate. Feel free to share your two cents here if you do watch. 

Tomorrow is either Greenwich or up to the Tower and Bridge area. You’ll be the third to know. 😁😀

5 thoughts on “Westminster Abbey 

  1. A perfectly splendid day you had. If there is but one place to visit in London it would have to be Westminster Abbey. Even the least pious among us has to feel the aura within those walls.
    If you’re walking around just for the fun of it, stroll through St. James park and see what waterfowl you can identify. That’s if they still have the helpful signs.
    Your descriptions are fantastic. Never knew about the almost black and the grey horses.
    So far, your trip appears to be a great success. Hope you make it to Greenwich. If not, next trip.

  2. Thank you for all your posts! I’ve been following along with the boys, but have been trying to ease back on my iPad time 🙄 So, haven’t taken time to comment. Amazingly, I think this post was the greatest hit with the boys–but, the whistle blowing was right up there and they are clammoring for a cruise on the QM2!

    1. Oh my goodness George. Please know that while I appreciate that you read my blog, this is not an English exam. I write quickly and as I think. I do not go back and look for apostrophe positioning. At most I look for major typos. I’m a very casual blogger with a very casual writing style.

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