Monday, August 16, 2010

Ladies to London

In March, 2010, five ladies from the East Coast of the United States ventured across the Pond to Londinium for some fun and frolics. The opportunity presented itself due to my daughter's enrollment in a Masters program at Laban University, and her ability to guide us around this illustrious city while on break. From its square mile Financial District with Medieval boundaries, to its Tudor inspired architecture, Shakespearean roots, and Georgian influences, London proved to be everything - and more. Now, if only it were so simple to rival this trip with our next adventure...Any suggestions?

Buckingham Palace, first occupied by George III and his 17 year old bride Charlotte, 1762. 600 rooms surrounded by a 40 acre garden

Ladies to London - Queens of Elsewhere
Queen's Foot Guard with Bearskin ceremonial cap from Canada Black Bear. Caps are 18 inches tall and weigh 1.5 pounds.

St. James Park, oldest of London's nine Royal Parks. Laid out by Henry VIII, 1532, as a deer park
London Eye, world's largest observation wheel built for the millennium, rises 443 feet above the Southern bank of the Thames
House of Parliament and Big Ben, destroyed by fire and rebuilt by Charles Barry in 1834
Big Ben, quintessential symbol of London

Kensington Palace, 1689, built for William III and his wife Mary. Queen Victoria was born here in 1819.

The Victoria & Albert Museum, 1852; seven miles of gallery on 6 floors of space

Trafalgar Square, designed by John Nash, 1839

Windsor Castle, largest inhabited castle in the world, 480,000 square feet. 900 year history dating from William the Conqueror
Queen Victoria in mourning for 40 years after the death of Prince Albert, 1861. They had 9 children together. Queen Elizabeth II is the great-granddaughter of Edward VII, who inherited the crown from his mum, Victoria.

Pam, Patty, Me, Audrey, Talia, Karen - Ladies to London Queens in Residence

"You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life, for there is in London all that life can afford." Samuel Johnson, 18th C English author

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