|Tea sandwiches and... SCONES!|
We ended the day with dinner at an Indian restaurant near our hotel called Quilon. I've had Indian food in Ann Arbor before, but nothing like this. The food was so flavorful and rich. I liked that it wasn't drowned in sauce, but really well seasoned and crafted. I knew London was known for its Indian food, but I had no idea it could taste that good! Taste of India in Ann Arbor definitely has some new competition for me. It was a great day of tasty food and history in London!
On Monday, we had our free day in London. The weather was rainy, but perfect for a day filled with museums! We started the day off with a trip to the Natural History Museum, where we attended a human biology exhibit that was much more graphic than anticipated. But, my sister finally knows how babies are made — down to every, single last detail!
|A rainy wait to enter the Abbey|
A trip to the British museum followed our tour of the Abbey, and then my sister and I broke off from my parents to hit up the famous Top Shop store. We only had a quick time to shop, however, because we met up with my parents to go see Billy Elliot the musical. It was very cool to be in a theater in the famous West End of London. Supposedly, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie even took their flock of children to see the musical a few nights before. The staging and dancing in the musical was amazing, and the 11 year-old boy who played Billy Elliot — who was starring in the role for the first time that night — was incredible. It was a great day of exploring for the Goldbergs in London!
As we drove through the English countryside to Stonehenge, the land became greener and the sheep became more populous by the minute. While the dark sky poured rain as we drove through the hills, we were lucky to find a spot of sunshine when we pulled up to Stonehenge. While I was skeptical about visiting Stonehenge, since the meaning of the monument is virtually unknown, the site possessed a strange sort of magic. Not only was the landscape around the site gorgeous — with rolling green fields and cute white sheep — but as the rocks stood proudly against the blue sky, they just seemed so mysterious and intriguing. We listened to the audio tour as we walked around the site, and it suggested that the monument was possibly used a calendar or a means of honoring the solstices. The true meaning of Stonehenge, however, has been lost. I think that's what was so intriguing about the site, which sounds obvious but took me by surprise. Why would anyone want to drag such massive rocks to such a particular area and arrange them in that pattern? And, how did they do that? After thinking about it for a while, I came to the answer: I have no idea. And we may never know! But, it's so cool that we can still see the monument today and wonder what it meant to people long ago.
|Sheep loving on their Shepard!|
We boarded the bus after touring Stonehenge, and a nice nap later we were back in the heart of London. While my parents went out for dinner, Carly and I met up with a friend from home who moved to London about five years ago. It was so cool catching up at the cheery local pub, Bag O' Nails!
Today was the perfect last day in London, and I can't believe my time in this city is up! I've had such a great experience, and I feel so lucky to have had this time in the city. I leave London with a new passion for British culture, and I hope to return someday to further explore all this city has to offer! That being said, I am very much looking forward to traveling to our new destination tomorrow... PARIS! Au revoir :)
|Peace out London friends! Thanks for a great time.|