Friday, January 16, 2015

B-St Pauls Dome A-Buckingham Palace

Breakfast…morning lecture…then off to Buckingham Palace via Charing Cross, Trafalgar Square (with Lord Nelson statue, St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Church, and National Gallery).  Changing of the Guard featured the 7 Company Coldstream Guards, the Band of the Irish Guards, and the Queen’s Horse Guards.

After a quick lunch, we headed to St. Paul’s Cathedral for an excellent tour.  We got to see a 17-ton marble baptismal font, the Geometric Staircase (used in several movies including Harry Potter), the American Chapel, and the Crypt (with tombs and/or memorials to Christopher Wren, Lord Wellington, Lord Nelson, Florence Nightingale, and Alexander Fleming).  At the end of the tour, the students headed up to the Whispering Gallery (where they played a quiet round of “Simon Says” to demonstrate its acoustical name), and the outdoor galleries in the dome of the Stone Gallery and the Golden Gallery.  Tonight is our last evening meal at the hostel; from now on, all our lunches and dinners will be out on the town.

Photographs, L to R: A-Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace; B-Students at the railing of the Golden Gallery, Dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral (click on picture to enlarge).

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