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A Day in London: Cousins George & Joan, St. Pauls, & Hardys


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Today we planned to split up a little, with three groups going three separate ways. Hannah and I planned to check out Madame Tussaud's, the wax museum, together, while my parents visited my mom's first cousin once removed and his wife. All of us planned to meet up at Saint Paul's Cathedral later in the day, and then head off to an old fashioned sweet shop called Hardy's.

Saint Paul's Cathedral

Saint Paul's Cathedral

But not everything went to plan, because as my parents were dropping Hannah and me off, we noticed that the line was extremely long. It was estimated that it would take 2-3 hours to be able to get a ticket. Both of us came to the conclusion that this was simply going to be too long of a wait, and accompanied my parents on their visit.

I really enjoyed meeting Mr and Mrs Goodall (George and Joan), and I told my mom as we were leaving that it was almost nice that we couldn't go to the wax museum. They are both very nice people, and seem fit for each other. They fill their free time with writing, literature classes, and weekly practices with a music group that George has been with for 40 years.

After our visit, the four of us made our way to Saint Paul's to meet up with my aunt. Hannah was feeling a little ill, so she and my dad chose to skip the cathedral and go straight to the sweet shop for a little before heading off home. My mom and I stayed behind for the 25 minute wait for tickets. We found my aunt shortly, but it turned out that she had already completed most of the tour. She went down to the crypt while my mom and I did a short tour of the top floor, before heading downstairs ourselves. We had come a little too late though, because they closed off the galleries and the dome before we were able to go see them, which for me, was extremely disappointing. Although I have a slight fear of heights, I still had wanted to walk in the dome.

But the part of the cathedral that we did see was very grand and beautiful. Most of the ceiling is done in mosaics, except for a small portion that is painted. There are many memorials dedicated to various people, and thanks to our free audio guide, we were able to learn about each and every one of them. Downstairs in the crypt the tombs are very large and ornate, and many of the names can be recognized as the same ones that have memorials in the upstairs part of the church.

Hardy's Sweet Shop

Hardy's Sweet Shop

The dome, or should I say, domes, of the church are very interesting. There are actually two of them, although you can only see one at a time. From the outside of the church you can see the outer dome, which was built so that it would dominate part of the skyline. The inner dome is smaller, so that from the inside of the church you can still see its beauty, without it being too high up.

Click here for more information on the Cathedral.
Click here for information on the domes. (skip to second last paragraph on first page)

After our visit, the three of us trooped down to Hardy's, and I was very pleased with the result. I had been the one that came up with the idea to go there, and it went beyond my expectations. I bought two types of fudge, chocolate and clotted cream. And I also bought a candy called "Mega Cherry Sours", which, as it turns out, are indeed mega sour.

From here we headed off home, and had a nice warm dinner of leftovers, followed by the watching of an old movie called "Chariots of Fire", before heading off into dream land to wait for Easter morning.

Posted by KZFamily 14:52 Archived in England Tagged london united_kingdom england uk candy relatives saint_paul's_cathedral

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In the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony Mr Beam played a role in a revised Chariots of Fire.
He managed to be the front runner :)

The music is lovely

by RobBar

When I worked in an office in London the view from my window was the dome of St Paul's.

I suffer from vertigo and I find that I although getting up some of these places isn't too bad, getting down is another story!

If you go to Edinburgh you can try going up the Sir Walter Scott tower.

Looks like a great sweet shop. Hope you're enjoying the English chocolate as well.

by Jane1

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