29.06.2011 - 29.06.2011 71 °F
This morning we enjoyed a meal with traditional English toast at Dillon's Bed and Breakfast before wasting our time asking 100 Brits how to catch the bus that would take us to downtown London. None of them knew what our directions were saying...Thanks mapquest! About an hour later, a nice English gentleman informed us that not only would we save time, but money to mind the gap and ride the London Underground. So we purchased a 6 pound zone pass that would allow us to travel on the Tube all day. We arrived at our first destination, Parliament and Westminster Abbey. At the Abbey, we learned all about the history of British Royalty, saw their burial monuments, and came across the memorial/burial sites of Shakespeare, Dickens, and Kippling. While we were there, we were excited to find teaching materials to bring back to help us create enhanced lessons for our students, including a list of Shakespeare's insults (i.e. "Better a witty fool than a foolish wit" - 12th - Night). Next we journeyed to St. Paul's Cathedral, where Ebeneezer Scrooge celebrated his newly transformed self. Then we spent the remainder of the day traveling around to various London sites. We ended our day by enjoying a traditional English fish and chips dinner. Tomorrow we are picking up our European rental car and driving to Stratford-upon-Avon. Wish us luck!