It’s funny what you find while packing… I found my journal from my first (and only) experience abroad. I was 18. It was the summer of 2005. I liked emoticons. Join me on my journey! I promise to stay true to my written word, for better or worse!
~Monday, July 11, 2005~
11:45 PM (London time)
A glorious day… but it’s late and tomorrow’s wakening is early, so this shall have to be brief.
Woke up reasonably. Brought postcards to post office, then caught a bus to Westminister Abbey. Lovely cathedral—lots of tombs of royalty and the poet’s corner, and lot of interesting info about the old monastery and funeral effigies, etc. Great gift shop—got a book and souvenirs for everyone.
We walked through St. James Park and ate lunch, then went to Buckingham Palace to take pictures. From there we took the underground to the Victoria and Albert Museum, which was really neat. Lots of 17th, 18th, and 19th century pieces that I really enjoy. Indulged myself in the gift shop—bought a card game with Peter Pan illustrations. 🙂
By that time is was 4 PM and we needed to get to the hotel, but we stopped at Harrod’s to look around, then at Marks & Spencer for Uncle Brad to exchange more money, and I bought a shirt—a pretty olive green embroidered v-neck.
We had to find a post office for Uncle Brad and that took a while—extra walking and a slow line. But we got to the hotel at about 5:30 PM, and got dressed quickly and went down to the hotel restaurant, The Carvery.
Dinner was very nice—buffet with salad, beef or turkey, lots of side dishes, rolls, and dessert. And it was cool—and today had been pretty sunny, so that was appreciated. : )
A taxi (yes, a famous black cab 🙂 ) picked up up at 6:30 PM and brought us to Her Majesty’s Theatre. We got our tickets and took some pics outside and then went in to our seats.
The Phantom of the Opera was awesome. The theatre was gorgeous—old and cozily small—we had great seats on the floor. The actors were all amazing—there seemed to be so much more emotion than in the movie. Raol actually had a personality—although he seemed a bit angry at times. Christine wasn’t so young and innocent, but she was much more convincing when showing emotion. Carlotta wasn’t as funny—not as much of a caricature—but the effects were awesome, all the more so because it was on a stage with none of the benefits of movie magic.
Everything was just awesome—the perfect end to everything.
So good night from London!
~Overview of London~
Day Five: Friday, July 8, 2005
Arrive in London
Day Six: Saturday, July 9, 2005
Double decker tour bus
St. Paul’s cathedral
River tour on Thames
Hyde and Kensington Park
Day Seven: Sunday, July 10, 2005
Evan & Evans tour
Day Eight: Monday, July 11, 2005
St. James Park
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Carvery restaurant
The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre