||After an uneventful flight
from Syracuse to Chicago to London Heathrow, and an Underground ride
to Baden-Powell House, we set off into London. Or, to be more
accurate, into Westminster, and the Cabinet War Rooms (left). The
War Rooms are the underground complex from which Winston Churchill
and his staff directed the British war effort during World War Two.
You enter through a sandbagged entrance below an office building,
and wander through the corridors with an audio wand to explain the
rabbit warren of rooms, left just as they were when the war
|From the War Rooms, we went to Methodist
Central Hall for lunch at Wesley's Cafeteria ("thanks" to
the guard at the War Rooms for telling us about it). Good food, and
inexpensive. Then it was across the street to see Westminster Abbey,
where the kings and queens of England and Britain have been crowned
since the 11th century.
||Many of Britain's kings and queens, and
her most famous citizens, are buried here, or have memorials in the
floor or walls. At left, Matt at the memorial to Lord Baden-Powell,
founder of Scouting, after whom our council was named. (B-P is
buried in Kenya).
|By this time, most of the
Scouts had been up over twenty-four hours, and were beginning to sag
a bit, but the wall of the Abbey gift shop provided an ideal spot
for a nap...
|After a walk around Westminster, we
walked across the Thames to the London Eye (the photo at the top of
this page shows the Eye in relation to the Thames and Parliament).
The world's tallest observation wheel, it provides spectacular views
of the city - especially since the rain chose that time to stop and
the skies cleared for our ride.
At left, Moses in the Eye, and the first of his collection of
||The weather held as we
left the Eye, and it seemed a good time for dinner at the Hard Rock
Cafe near Green Park.
|We finished the day with a Ghost Walk.
Starting from Embankment Underground station, our guide took us
through the streets and alleys of London's West End to end after
dark in St. James Park.
||Along the way, we heard stories of ghosts
and hauntings through time, and visited many parts of London that
visitors wouldn't think to go.
Left - our London Walks guide "Richard III" and the
Scouts in a back alley near Drury Lane and the Theatre
Finally, back to B-P House and bed for the night.