Wednesday, March 19, 2008

London Calling

Just a quick hello from London! This week we're down south, taking the students on an extended excursion that includes Cambridge (this past Monday), London (Tues & Wed.), Oxford (Thursday), then back to London for Friday. We are staying in the Bloomsbury district which is a very cool neighborhood in central London with a long literary history including Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot and many others (a couple students and I enjoyed a "literary walk" early this morning to take in some of the sights).

Yesterday we went to Westminster Abbey, strolled past Parliament, then spent time in the Cabinet War Rooms--the underground bunker from which Churchill directed the British forces in World War II. Everyone really enjoyed it. Today it was over to east London for a morning at St. Paul's Cathedral (incredible, despite my distaste for Wren's renaissance architecture) and then the afternoon at the Tower of London. A very full few days!

Watch for more updates later.

(Oh yeah, then yesterday afternoon we went to the National Portrait Gallery [unbelievable Tudor collection] then strolled around Trafalgar Square (at left) a bit before head up Charing Cross Road back to our hostel.)

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