Monday, April 1, 2013

Day 8 in the UK!

DAY 8- March 14, 2013
Thursday morning we woke up and took the tube to King's Cross and then caught the train JUST in time to get to Cambridge, which was just a short 45 minute ride.  Jordan was particularly interested in going here because of the King's College, where one of his favorite groups, the King's Singers originated.  A beautiful college town!
The King's College Chapel on the King's Parade.

We both loved the Gothic Style vaulted ceilings.

Where the choir sings.

The chapel from the side.
We took a walk around the grounds on our way to the Trinity College's Wren Library.

The beautiful grounds outside the King's College.

This tree is just so strange!

Punting down the River Cam.
At the Wren Library, we got to see Shakespeare's First Folio, as well as A.A. Milne's handwritten copy of Winnie the Pooh (the real Christopher Robin went to Trinity College).  Along with those, we saw Isaac Newton's handwritten notebooks.  Very cool.
This courtyard outside of the Wren Library was featured in Chariots of Fire.

The Trinity Gate, with a statue of Henry VIII, who founded Trinity College.

Notice that King Henry VIII is holding a chair leg instead of his scepter.  This is due to the Cambridge Night Climbers, who first replaced the scepter a century ago, and periodically replace it with other items.  In the 1960s, the climbers actually managed to put a car on top of the building and only 'fessed up to it at their 50 year reunion.

This apple tree is supposedly a descendant of the apple tree that stood in the garden of Sir Isaac Newton.  The very one that dropped an apple on his head and inspired him to investigate gravity.

Jordan and I had lunch at the famous Eagle Pub, where Crick and Watson announced their discovery of DNA.

We ate in the RAF bar, where US Army Air Corp pilots signed the ceiling while stationed in Cambridge during WWII.

The signed ceiling at The Eagle.
After finding a fudge shop in Cambridge and catching the train back to London, we decided to do the odds and ends that we hadn't seen yet.  It was a crazy afternoon hopping on and off the Tube, but we got some great pictures!
Back at King's Cross Station.

We went into the British Library to see more amazing exhibits like the Magna Carta, Handel's original Messiah score, and Beatles' lyrics written on the back of a greeting card.
Basically the only picture I was allowed to take in the British Library.
 After the British Library, we headed to the south side of the Thames, where we saw Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

This sign was so interesting to us both!
Stairs leading straight down into the water!

From the Globe, we walked across the Millennium Bridge, where we had a great view of St. Paul's Dome.
Jordan really loves Winston Churchill, so we stopped at Parliament Square to get a picture.  Interestingly, his statue has an electrical charge running through it, because Churchill's only request regarding a statue of him was that there wouldn't be pigeon poop on his bald head.
 After another trip to Big Ben, we walked through St. James' Park to get to Buckingham Palace, or Buck House, as the locals call it.

By now, we were pretty hungry, so we walked to Harrods.  By the time we got to the gigantic store, though, the overstimulation of SO MANY CHOICES was too much for me.  Plus I am pretty sure I was dehydrated, so we walked to a nearby noodle shop called Wagamama.  Delicious.
A very large spoon.

Back in our hotel, using the internet that didn't quite make it up to our fourth floor room :)
Another great day in the United Kingdom!!

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