London Journal – Thursday, April 30, 2009

Today we begin three days of vacation. We are staying at our hotel and taking trips to various sights in London and southeast England.


We started with a tour of the Tower of London, situated right on the Thames River. Our tour guide was a Yeoman Warder (commonly called a Beefeater).

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She is the only female Warder. She made the story of the Tower come alive and had a fine sense of humor.

The whole property, walls and moat and all, is called the Tower. It has served as a palace, fortress, prison, and a place of execution, and it now houses the Crown Jewels – a marvelous display.

Here is an overview of the whole Tower property.

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The centerpiece of the place is the White Tower, in the top center of the drawing above. It was built by William the Conqueror in 1100. Here is a photo view.

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Next, we walked (much farther than we expected) to the Globe Theatre – a reproduction of the theatre that Shakespeare had built in his day. A matinee of Romeo and Juliet was in progress; we got to see the last half. Quite good acting, I thought.

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To complete the day we went to a concert by Tenors Un Limited, three men who sing opera and some contemporary songs. The program also featured a soloist, Lila McConigley, and a string quartet (ZHL String Ensemble) with a piano accompanist. The quartet played almost exclusively lively numbers, and the bass player was a comic who danced and leaped around (yes, leaped!) as he played and got the audience involved in all kinds of ways. I do not know how many of the artists were Christian believers, but the evening included four Christian songs.

Seldom do we have a day with as much variety as this one.

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3 Responses

  1. WOW!! What a wonderful, event-filled day. The pictures and descriptions are great. Amp up your enjoyment level since you have to be enjoying everything a bit more for the masses back in the States. (I guess I’m just a tad jealous.) I love your enthusiasm.

    • Thanks, Nancy, for the kind words. You will just have to move beyond “tad jealous” and plan to visit England yourself some day!

  2. Super writing,, will come back soon..

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