Wrapping up our 2004 Literary Tour of Great Britain with our daughter Katie with our old fashioned film camera. London was our final stop after a long train ride from Edinburgh and lugging our luggage across the train station to the tube that would take us to our tiny room with 2 beds that covered almost the entire floor minus a 6 inch space between them to walk to the very tiny bathroom. Oh boy! I forgot to mention the 3rd floor we had to haul our luggage up to. We managed to recover from it all and enjoy some great spots in London.
Katie and Dear mastered the tube stations quickly and they always knew the correct trains to catch.
The Tower of London was on the list of places to explore.
We were in London for the Queen’s birthday on the 21st of April we saw and heard the 62 gun salute.
While walking toward Buckingham Palace we were told that a better close up view option of the changing guard would be at the Horse Guards Stables. We enjoyed viewing the Queen’s Horse Guard.
Up close and with a lot fewer crowds around us. I’m thinking by now the word has gotten around and the crowds are probably crazy here, too.
Dear and Katie in Trafalgar Square.
The pigeons decided they were a great perch.
Our favorites in London were the National Gallery and the British Library where so many great literary classics and authors are featured. Katie and Dear toured Westminster Abbey and viewed the small tablet to the memory of Jane Austen in the Poet’s corner of the abbey. We also enjoyed attending the live stage performance of Les Miserables.
Thank you for indulging me as I documented our trip from 12 years ago!
We’ve a Story to Tell
We’ve a story to tell to the nations,
That shall turn their hearts to the right,
A story of truth and mercy,
A story of peace and light,
A story of peace and light.
For the darkness shall turn to dawning,
And the dawning to noonday bright;
And Christ’s great kingdom shall come on earth,
The kingdom of love and light.
We’ve a song to be sung to the nations,
That shall lift their hearts to the Lord,
A song that shall conquer evil
And shatter the spear and sword,
And shatter the spear and sword.
We’ve a message to give to the nations,
That the Lord who reigns up above
Has sent us His Son to save us,
And show us that God is love,
And show us that God is love.
We’ve a Savior to show to the nations,
Who the path of sorrow has trod,
That all of the world’s great peoples
Might come to the truth of God,
Might come to the truth of God.
Words and Music by H. Ernest Nichol ~ In The Sunday School Hymnary (London: 1896)
These next photos that I took in London during our trip in September of 2013 are not the most typical tourist shots but they called out to my camera.
Thanks to the ABC Team for ABC Wednesday.
We have reached the letter G for Alphabet Wednesday. Thank you to the Alphabet Wednesday Team for keeping us going.
How about some Royal Gates? These were taken at Buckingham Palace in September of 2013 which happen to be in Great Britain.
Whenever I see mighty Gates like these I think of Psalm 100 in the Bible. This is the portion I think of, verses 4 and 5.
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.”
Do you think that there’s real gold in these royal gates? Maybe someone from Great Britain can tell us.
How about a Guinness? Notice the golden harp.
Hope your day is full of good things, good news, good food, and good thoughts!