London & Scotland: Day Three - London

May 15th  

May 15th Pictures


Allison and Mom headed out early to The British Library and the British Museum. For Lisa and myself, we started the on the Original London Sightseeing Tour. Our bus was very full, but after a while, we managed to get the front row seat upstairs. The bus takes you by all the famous places in London, such as Westminster Abbey, Parliament, Marble Arch, Trafalgar Square, and Hyde Park. Near the London Eye, our bus broken down and we had to transfer to another bus. To get the our walking tour, we hopped off near the National Art Gallery and zoomed over the Russell Square on the tube.

Lisa looking cool
The London Eye
Trafalgar Square
Wesminster Abbey

Our tour guide for the 'Old University Quarter' walking tour was Kim. Both Lisa and I agreed she was one of our favorite guides. Here is a description from their website:

Full gush mode for this one. It's Disneyland for grownups.The university quarter itself is a patchwork quilt - London doesn't come any more higgledy piggledy. Which means the walk is right down the alley - so to speak - of what everyone loves about London Walks: it gets you into nooks and crannies that you wouldn't find off your own bat. But it pushes the envelope. Because we're not just out on the street - we're going into buildings to see several of the university's "collections". More than see them - we'll get a curator-guided tour of cabinets of curiosities, many of them extinct or endangered species: a Dodo, a Tasmanian Tiger, the stuffed body of a famous philosopher, the world's first calendar, the world's oldest (papyrus) wills, etc. It's like beetling around in an enchanted forest, coming upon a clearing...and finding a cromlech! But be careful - be very very careful - because this one comes with a whale in the bathtub! 


Lisa found this tour especially interesting, since it was about the university. We went to two small museums, which we would have never know about otherwise. The Grant Museum of Zoology contained a lot of bones, including those of a dodo and a Tasmanian tiger. The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archeology has a very impressive collection. All of their objects can be viewed online. One of the interesting things we viewed on our tour was the stuff body of Jeremy Bentham.

Grant Museum
Baby Orangutan at Grant Museum
Fertility Image at Petrie Museum
Petrie Museum
Jeremy Bentham

After dinner, Allison and I went on a 'Haunted London' walking tour. Although it was interesting, I think I would have preferred either of the other tours available that evening. The tour had many interesting stories, but nothing which tied them all together. Unfortunately, it rained on us the entire time. Here is a description:

It's blue dusk. Feeding time. Time to pierce the veil which hides the future after death. The time when rooftop cats look down - their eyes green as ringstones - and see things that maybe we shouldn't see. Down here in the creepiest part of alleyways so narrow you can't open an umbrella in them. And so old they're cobwebbed with time. And cobwebbed with something else too. Cobwebbed with events that occurred long ago - events that under certain conditions can again "become dynamic". So when you see the unholy Trinity - and you will see it - and when silver dragons leer at you - and they will - and if you hear footsteps up a deserted alleyway - or voices of persuasion that whisper in the darkness - or catch a glimpse of a hooded, staring transparent figure - congratulations - you've just fed a haunting. It'll be back. And one will you. Now who's for a really cozy pub?

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Another good day in London. 

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