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Westminster Abbey is, in large part, a huge crypt. Hundreds of people are buried there: Kings, Queens, their children, famous writers, composers, musicians, politicians...Everywhere you look or step, you read the words "Here lies..." Under the floor, in a sarcophagus, the bones of the deceased are all around.
Poet's Corner was my favorite spot of the Abbey. There's a large memorial there to Shakespeare and one for Handel across the way. Under the floor rest the bodies of Chaucer, Tennyson, Dickens, Browning, Kipling and dozens of others.
|The heads of the crowds waiting to get in|
The size of the throng in the area surprised me. There were so many people that it was difficult to stay on the designated walkways. But all of us were well-behaved, orderly and there was no problem until I lost Paige. After ten or fifteen minutes of searching, I went back to the spot where I'd last seen her, and there she was. Crisis over. What a relief!
Next, we walked past the nearby House of Parliament and the Clock Tower. My friend, Robin, would want you to know that Big Ben is the name of the bell and not the name of the clock or the tower.
|Standing on Westminster Bridge|
|House of Parliament|
We crossed the Westminster Bridge over the lovely Thames and took some photos. Then we found a small Italian restaurant and enjoyed a leisurely lunch. There is no other pace available. Afterward, we were back over the congested bridge, and down the very long Bird Cage Walk to Buckingham Palace.
|The Thames from Westminster Bridge|
From Buckingham Palace we found a taxi to the Victoria and Albert Museum. It is known in London as the V&A, I guess. Paige made me nervous when we hopped in the cab and she said, "the V&A, please," but sure enough, we arrived at the right spot.
|Victoria and Albert Museum|
Skype is like gold sometimes. I was so thankful we had internet in our room. That night, and most nights, I was able to Skype Mark and hear his voice. Sally, too. My parents don't have the internet, but I could call my mom on the phone using Skype and she loved the updates.
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