Sorry I’ve been gone so long — the days leading up to my break were pretty busy, and then I spent one wonderful week in London. But you know what that means:
On Sunday, we went to visit the Tower of London. This is the info sign in the courtyard, which gives helpful directions to the phones, the buses, etc. But one thing on that sign is not like the others –
From the Tower of London, we had unexpectedly terrific views of the London Marathon, which was run the Sunday I was in the city. Although we mostly watched from the Tower high above, we did manage to get an up-close look later on:
This is the statue of the heroic queen Boudicca, which is one of my favorite sights in all London:
We found Beefeaters wandering free from the Tower, for reasons only they know:
Thanks to my friend Ruth’s ingenuity, we were able to take a tour that took us inside Parliament, so we could see the meeting chambers of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Photography wasn’t allowed inside, but here’s the pic I took on the way in:
We also toured the British Museum, where (among many other astonishing exhibits) we saw the Elgin Marbles:
Despite my fear of heights, I rode the London Eye, aka the ginormous ferris wheel. This is what it looks like from a distance:
This is what it looks like when you’re on it:
And these are the views you get that make it all worthwhile:
We went to a play at Shakepeare’s Globe, where they put on the plays in the original style. The entire theater area is a pretty precise reconstruction, complete with a place for the groundlings to stand.
What play did we go see? “Romeo & Juliet” — what else?
On the way home, we flew over Greenland. There was absolutely no cloud cover, so for about half an hour, we had amazing mountain and glacier views:
So, what with one thing and another, I am behind on cataloging the many (FABULOUS) entries for STARGAZER Contest #7, which was meant to end tomorrow. And I am enjoying reading them all! This means that I am extending the contest for one week! You have until next Tuesday, May 12, to post publicly about STARGAZER and e-mail me the link at evernightclaudia at gmail dot com, with “STARGAZER Contest #7″ as the subject line. The winner gets to name a character in the fourth EVERNIGHT series book, AFTERLIFE, so you know you want to enter!