Trip to London – Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Our last day in London was a long one.

By 6:45 AM we were at Heathrow Airport to meet Phillip and Krista, friends of ours who are on the way to Asia to check out the possibilities for going there as medical workers. They wanted to talk with us and have us show them a few sights of London; we were eager to do both things.

We took a narrated bus tour around the city, sitting on the top open deck. The day was cloudy and cool, so we weren’t exactly comfortable, but the view from the upper deck was worth the chill.

Here is Trafalgar Square, with its statue of Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson, British naval hero who died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. This was a sea battle in which the British Royal Navy defeated the combined navies of France and Spain in the Napoleonic Wars. The battle took place off the southwest coast of Spain, near Cape Trafalgar, hence the name of the battle and now the square.

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At the base of the column are four large bronze lions, said to be the most photographed lions in the world. People lean on, climb on, or drape themselves over the lions to have their photo taken. My close-up shots of the lions were unusable because the bus started moving, but in this fountain scene, if you look carefully, you can spot two of the lions.

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This is St. Paul’s Cathedral, built in the days of John Wesley. It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and took 35 years to build.

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The top of the dome is 365 feet tall, the height deliberately chosen to represent the days of the year. Prince Charles and Princess Diana were married in this cathedral. While admission is free at all museums in London, there is a fee of 11 pounds sterling to visit St. Paul’s. So because our time was limited and we wanted to spend our money wisely, we glanced around the foyer and went on our way.

Out bus tour included an option for a 40-minute cruise on the Thames, which we took. From the river you catch a glimpse of this unusual building.

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It is the Swiss Re building, also affectionately known as The Gherkin. It is in London’s main financial district.

After lunch at the Orangery (described in an earlier bog) with our friends we said goodbye to them and went on our way to two planning meetings for different aspects of the work of our team. One meeting included personnel from Arab World Ministries, a group that provides training for some of our team.

After dinner with two of our team members at Cafe Rouge, a delightful French restaurant that offers many tempting dishes that I would like to return to some other day, we returned to our apartment to do office work and pack. When I finally got to bed, it was nearly 1:00 AM.

Tomorrow we fly home. Thanks for checking our blog. Thanks for your prayers for us and our ministry.

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