London Blog: Day 5

Big Ben

Big Ben

I had a relaxing morning sitting in Starbucks eating pancakes and blogging before meeting with our group to ride the London Eye. Once we got off the Tube, Big Ben was standing in the fog waiting for us! I have seen many pictures of Big Ben, but nothing could have prepared me for how beautiful it looks in person! There is exquisite detail and when you hear it chime it is humbling. After taking a million pictures in front of Big Ben, we finally rode the London Eye. It was a bit foggy, so when we got to the top we couldn’t see very much, but it was still a lot of fun.

Lunch in Kensington Garden

Lunch in Kensington Garden

Afterwards our group split up and Liz and I made our way to Kensington Gardens on a double decker bus. We picked up a hot lunch of soup and stew along the way and ate it on a park bench while enjoying the view. The fog gave the air a beautifully spooky feel, but our lunch warmed us from the inside out. Once we finished our lunch we went on a half hour walk through the park in search of the Peter Pan statue.

Princess Diana Memorial Fountain

Princess Diana Memorial Fountain

On the way we stopped at the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. We also passed by a lake that was filled with giant swans, ducks and adorable black birds with white bills. Liz is a huge Peter Pan fan and when we finally reached the Peter Pan statue, Liz was overcome with emotion. I am so happy that she finally got to see her beloved Pan statue!  Since we were right near the Victoria and Albert Museum, we decided to stop in to see the Hollywood Costume exhibit.

Clothing circa 1920s

Clothing circa 1920s

We were told that the exhibit would take too long so instead we went through the Fashion exhibit before class. The clothing ranged from 1800-2012 and I was instantly reminded of my BCC fashion class. I’m starting to get good at identifying when an item of clothing was made just by looking at it – I can almost always put it in the correct decade. I walked through the exhibit very slowly so I could take in the details of each piece of clothing. Liz and I took the bus back to our hotel and we had just enough time to take a quick nap before class. During our class we discussed the three plays we had seen so far: The Wind in the Willows, Julius Caesar, and Richard III. After class a group of us went to a Lebanese restaurant near our hotel and I had a delicious hummus, veggie and salad wrap. We stayed at the restaurant for a few hours blogging and emailing our loved ones before turning in for a goodnight’s sleep.

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