Tuesday, April 8, 2014

History Major Victoria Glanowski Writes from London

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford."
-Samuel Johnson

Well, I must say that there is always something to do in London even if you have lived here your whole life. Unlike Dublin, which is compact and small, London is spread out. There are six zones in the Greater London area and three other zones in the North West of London. Luckily, there are many modes of transportations such as buses, bikes, cars, trains, and the London Underground, also known as the Tube. On a rainy day in London, which sometimes happens, the Tube is your best mode of transport.
Besides the presence of the London Eye, there are plenty of historical places on virtually every street corner. A few weeks ago, I had a great meal at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub located on Fleet Street in London. The pub was rebuilt back in 1667 during the reign of King Charles II. Inside, the pub is a labyrinth of rooms that draws in tourists and locals. Outside the pub, in the passageway, there is a list of all the royals who have been served.

Not a far distance from the pub is the iconic St. Paul’s Cathedral. Besides the marvelous mosaic walls, the other amazing part of the cathedral is the three galleries. We came upon the Whispering Gallery after walking up 257 steps and going through the smallest door that was hobbit size. After the Whispering Gallery, our group went up another 376 steep steps to the Stone Gallery and then another 528 steps to the Golden Gallery. The best view of London was the Golden Gallery and not the Stone Gallery. The Golden Gallery even had a peep hole where you could see the inside of the Cathedral!

So far the adventure has been amazing and there are still plenty of things to see in London!

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