During my recent trip to the United Kingdom, I tacked on an extra day in London. I love London. It’s a better city, I think, than New York. The accents are so much more appealing. Plus, the history is incredible.

Speaking of history, I got the chance to visit the Houses of Parliament. I learned a lot that I’m ashamed to admit I did not know. For example, members of the House of Lords (to the right in the image below) are appointed by the Monarch with the advice of the Prime Minister. There’s something to be said for the role of the Monarchy in the United Kingdom. The Monarch has a great deal of influence, but absolutely no authority. You won’t hear this Queen screaming, “Off with their heads.”

Another fascinating fact about Parliament dates back to 1605. On November 5 of that year, Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the building. Ever since 1606, the Sergeant at Arms (and his team) have gathered on November 5 and checked the basement for bombs. I like to think they are more diligent than searching on a single day (and based on the machine guns the police around the building have, I think they are…)

But London is not all about history. There’s a lot of modernity there. For example the London Eye. I must tell you that this makes no sense to me: A permanent, enclosed ferris wheel?

This really makes very little sense to me. But, based on the line to get in, I’m in the minority. I chose to skip it

My final experience on this trip was truly awe-inspiring. Just before my plane took off, an Airbus A380 left London, bound for Dubai. It was a truly amazing sight.

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5 Responses

  1. Lori Penzato says:

    Did you do the Churchill War Rooms? I thought that was fascinating!! I would list that , Tower of London, and Windsor Castle as my favorite things to see in London. We went 2 yrs. ago and soon will be going to Paris!!!

    • Traveller says:

      Enjoy Paris! Yes…the Churchill War Rooms are one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. So incredible!

  2. Rory says:

    It was Guido Fawkes, not Guy Fawkes, The basement’s of the houses of parliament are actually checked by the yeoman wardens otherwise known as Beefeaters based at the Tower of London. Whilst Guido Fawkes was convicted in the plot to kill King James and as a commoner was sentenced to death by being hung , drawn and quartered, he managed to avoid his execution because his torture whilst imprisoned in the Tower of London had been so savage, he was placed on the rack and gave up all the names of his fellow conspirators, but as he was led to the gallows he collapsed and died. In addition tourists often say when they see the clock tower that they have seen Big Ben, no they haven’t, they may have heard Big Ben but Big Ben is the name of the main bell in the clock tower.

  3. Rory says:

    Blitz museum by London Bridge is also a good visit

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