Playing Tourist (Fall Break Day 8)

9 Nov

I know that I am skipping a day again, but on day 7 my friend and I both woke up pretty sick. We spent most of the day in bed at the hostel until that night when we went to the movies and saw Thor 2 (which was exciting because it came out in Europe before it came out in the US and because it takes place in London).

On Saturday, our last day in London, we got to play tourists and just try and get up-close to the sights that we hadn’t had a chance to see yet. We got off the Tube at the Westminster stop and went out the exit toward the river. After taking pictures of Big Ben, we walked over to Westminster Abbey. I really wanted to go inside, but it was unfortunately closed for a special service when we got there. However, we got to explore the grounds around the abbey itself, and it was beautiful! After exploring the abbey for a while we started our walk over to Buckingham Palace (it should have been a short walk but there is a lot of construction in London right now that cut off our route a couple times). We grabbed lunch next to the Victoria Station at a restaurant called Shakespeare (had the Big Ben Burgers). After lunch we continued our journey and stopped along the way for some much-needed souvenir shopping (some of the best shops are the ones next to Buckingham Palace). We got our photo shoot in at Buckingham Palace right before it started raining again. Since neither of us wanted to get more sick, we decided that that was our cue to head indoors and wait for our bus home. We found a Starbucks back at the Victoria Station and enjoyed their free wifi for a while. In my opinion, it was a nice, relaxing end to our trip in London!

Below are some of the pictures from our last day!

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Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about the last day of Abroad With Amy Trivia! This is your last chance to receive a special prize from London! First person to answer the question below will get the prize.

Here is the answer from the last post: (Congrats to Jodi Seybert for being the first to give the correct answer!)  The original Crown Jewels of England, some most then likely dating back to Edward the Confessor in the 11th century, were destroyed after the Civil War in 1649. During the Civil War, the Tower fell into the hands of the Parliamentarians. After King Charles I was overthrown and executed, Oliver Cromwell ordered that the Crown Jewels be taken to the Tower and destroyed and used for purposes to benefit the Commonwealth. The gold objects were melted down and made into coins. The gemstones were removed from their settings and sold. When King Charles II reestablished the monarchy in 1660, he commissioned new Crown Jewels to be made and modeled after those that belonged to his father. These Crown Jewels were completed by his coronation on St. George’s Day in 1661. The only piece that remains is the 12th century gold Anointing Spoon, which is used to anoint the Sovereign with holy oil during the coronation.

Today’s Trivia Question: Westminster Abbey was first used for a coronation in 1066 with the coronation of William the Conqueror, King William I. Since then, Westminster Abbey has been the uninterrupted sight for coronations and has held 38 coronations. However, two monarchs since then were never crowned. Who were these two monarchs? 


6 Responses to “Playing Tourist (Fall Break Day 8)”

  1. Morgan November 9, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

    I read that there were 3 monarchs never crowned Edward V, Jane grey and Edward VIII.

    • arpipher November 9, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

      According to the Westminster records, they just count Edward V and Edward VIII. Lady Jane Grey never had a coronation at Westminster Abbey and was just taken directly to the Tower and presented with the Crown Jewels and pronounced Queen (for her reign of 9 days), so you are correct, but I do not know why the Abbey records don’t denote that. You still win. 🙂

  2. Morgan November 9, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    Do they place a flag of a different country if there president is in buckingham palace

    • arpipher November 9, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

      No. It is either the Royal Standard flag or the Union flag that flies there.

  3. Jennifer Thomas November 10, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    Too bad no sightings of Royals on your journey. I meant that would be better than Lady Gaga wouldn’t it? Although, she is a “lady”. 😉 Perhaps a little run-in with Prince Harry? Also, were there palace guards outside the palace? I didn’t see any in your pictures. And, last but certainly not least, did that phone booth dial you into the Ministry of Magic?

    • arpipher November 10, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

      I would have loved a royal sighting, but unfortunately no. 😦 There were guards right in front of the palace (behind the gates), but I was taking pictures on my phone so I couldn’t get any good pictures of them. We wanted to go to see the changing of the guard, but we were both sick in bed. I also did not get dialed into the Ministry of Magic. Unfortunately, I’m too much of a Muggle for them. 😦

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