Wednesday, February 20, 2008

London Tour

Tower of London - The Tower of London is one of the finest medieval fortresses in Europe, monstrous and marvellous, chilling and fascinating, groaning with history and building with legend and romance.

Tower Bridge - In 1970, the good people of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, bought London Bridge, a pleasant enough construction built in the 1820s. It was then shipped to the States, stone by stone.

Globe Theatre - The old theatre had a short and busy life, and was by all accounts arough place. Shakespeare himself was a sharer, a man who controlled the business side of the venture and took a share of the profits.

London Eye - London Eye is a big wheel next to Westminster Bridge. You can have a ride on it and look out over the city.

Houses of Parliament - The correct name for what most people call the Houses of Parliament is the Palace of Westminster, a reminder that this seat of governmentˇbegan life as a royal residence. Ninety- seven plans were submitted for a new building to house Parliament.

Buckingham Palace - Buckingham Palace is perhaps the most famous building in London- home of the Queen and focal point for any period of natsional rejoicing.- It s the setting for formal diplomatic occasions, state banguets, royal investitures and garden parties.

Trafalgar Square - In Trafalgar Sguare, Nelson stands atop his 145 foot high monument. Trafalgar Sguare, with the Natsional Gallery on the North Side and Whitehall to the South, is freguented as mich by pigeons as by people.

Piccadilly Circus - Piccadilly Circus was formed in 1819 at the intersection of Piccadilly and the fashionable RegentStreet. Piccadilly is a strange name.

St Paul's Cathedral - At first glance, St Paul s may look like the younger brother of St Peter s in Rome, but it has had a far more stormy history. The 300 year- old cathedral is the fourth to have been built on the site, and centuries before the first Chistian cathedral, the Romans built a temple to Diana where the present St Paul s stands.

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