London, Day 2  
So, after eating some freakin' delicious (and admittedly somewhat unusual for us) breakfast items, we were off to Leicester Square to the TKTS booth to see what half price theatre tickets were available for the day.
And the first thing we did is get in a Tardis.

We walked over to Picadilly Circus to check out the scene.

Love. Just love.

So then we were accosted by a lady offering Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour action, and we accepted! It ended up being the best decision possible. We were able to get a whirlwind tour of the city with commentary and explanation of everything. We learned SO MUCH with the help of our fantastic guide, and he didn't mind me badgering him with questions. Some highlights:

This was T.S. Eliot's church. "I will show you fear in a handful of dust."

Of course we had to have a stop at Harrod's, which was INSANE NUTTY BANANA PANTS and worth seeing just for the madness of it all.

We were pretty worn out by then so we stopped at a tea room for tea time. Yummy cakes and such.

Then it was back on the bus.

At this point I am starting to seriously fall in love with this city.

That church steeple has a great story behind it.

On Fleet Street

We didn't get to go in St. Paul's. We'll have to make it a priority next time.

The way the modern architecture blends with the old can be quite captivating. This is a living city that has at once Roman walls and modern skyscrapers. I love anything that can hold that much of a dichotomy with such beauty and dignity.

Tower Bridge

The Tower of London - more on that later.

And then, we left the bus to take our seats at the beautifully restored Globe Theatre on the South Bank.

No seriously, I'm at the freakin' Globe.

We saw a play called Liberty, which was a political drama about the French Revolution. It was a great foundation for our trip to France.

Walking home over the Millennium Bridge. It was here in this moment that much about my life became crystalline and beautiful and refined and joyful beyond my ability to express to you.

I think my spirit was about as shimmery and indefinably ethereal as this photo.

"Just drink it in," I kept telling myself.


We love the pictures! The kids got really excited about the Globe Theater. They knew exactly what it was too! I was actually surprised how many landmarks they recognized! Including a cute rendition of "London Bridge." They wanted to know if the lion was Aslan?

By Anonymous Christina, at Thursday, October 16, 2008 7:53:00 PM  

Lovely recollections of your trip! I love your description of your spirit being shimmery. *sigh* Takes me back to my first trip to London and Scotland last year, with all the soul-shifting life-affirming worldview-altering Alice-in-Wonderland beauty of it. Thank you for sharing!

By Anonymous Becca, at Saturday, October 18, 2008 8:00:00 AM  

Your kids are way too smart for their own good, Xtina. They rule.

Scotland is definitely next on the list, Becca!!

By Blogger adriana, at Sunday, October 19, 2008 10:13:00 AM  

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