Westminster Abbey was such a striking attraction. The architecture was amazing and there is sooo much history covering every inch of the building a few layers over, I wanted to faint! I walked over a whole lot of important people too. Normally I try to avoid walking on graves, but it really couldn’t be avoided. Every inch of floor space and wall space is covered with graves and memorials for history’s greatest men and women. Their achievements are carved on stones and statues and gilded with gold.
It was quite striking really. In a sense, it is the most honored place you could be buried in all of the Western world. As we walked through I found myself pondering, is it really a worthwhile end for history’s greatest? To have their disintegrating bones walked over by obnoxious American tourists and naughty school children for all eternity? Is that really the highest honor this world can bestow?
I am so thankful I know God’s purpose and have something even greater to give my life to.
1. Free samples are one of my very favoritest things
2. Free samples are extremely hard to find in the United Kingdom
Is it just me, or does food always taste better when it is free? After tasting four or five tea varieties and two types of hot chocolate we decided that the ridiculous prices weren’t so ridiculous. This was some of the best tea and definitely the BEST hot chocolate we had ever tasted.
So we may or may not have planned the rest of our London touring around Whittards locations. Seriously, I lost count of how many shops we stopped in, trying the different samples at each one of course. If my suitcase hadn’t already been stuffed to the brim, I probably would have come home with Whittards tea for everyone.
Eventually, we craved more.
“Do you guys sell by the cup?”
“Not here, but we do have a location near Piccadilly Circus that has a tea bar.”
And boom. We spent the rest of the afternoon traipsing about London searching for said tea bar. When we FINALLY found it, we bought ourselves the most expensive and the most well earned cups of hot chocolate I will ever taste.
And that is the story of how we toured London by land and by tea.