It's time to wrap up the London coverage. . . and get on with my regular life. The holidays are coming. Erin will be home for a break. Brian's home hockey opener is this weekend. I still have leaves in my yard. You know the drill. I wanted to plan some clever final London post. But then, yesterday at the gym, Evil Sheri and Her Minions had us doing some odd "surfing" move during a "cardio-burst" . . . and I must have twisted my back in some unusual way. Now I'm stiff and feeling kind of . . . well, old. And cranky. Nothing clever going on today. Yet, the wrapping up needs to happen. So I'll end it . . . Random Wednesday Style.
1. I loved the Tower of London. I've always been somewhat smitten with the Tudor tales. . . Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII, Lady Jane Grey, Thomas Seymour, Queen Elizabeth. It was fun to see one of "their" places.
2. I've also always had an interest in architecture - and the work of Christopher Wren. Seeing St. Paul's Cathedral was pretty incredible. No photos allowed inside the cathedral, so I can't share the beauty of the interior with you. But the dome? Wow!
3. An overwhelming sense of how-much-bigger-the-true-scope-of-England's-history-actually-is came to me at Westminster Abbey -- where we not only saw "Britain's Oldest Door" (can't exactly remember the date, but it was around 1055), but also saw the coronation chair used in every British coronation since the 1300s. Now THAT'S history!
4. My favorite "icon" of London? Big Ben!
5. We went to several shows while we were in London. At first, I didn't want to see Wicked! Although I love the show, I've already seen it five times. Di convinced me, though, and it ended up being my favorite show of the trip. Because. . . even though I'd seen Wicked! many times before, I'd never seen it in London. It was phenomenal.
6. And, for my final image of London, I leave you with this. My favorite street sign. We definitely don't have signs like this in my neck of the woods!
Farewell, London! Til next time. . .
On the Doing Good front, please check this out. My blog-friend and fellow-Michigander, Diana, is building a database of charitable knitting projects and organizations. Please check out her blog for details. As the database grows, she will make it available as a page through her blog. Thanks, Diana, for taking on this project! It will be a valuable resource for the Knitters of the world.