Wednesday, June 3, 2015

UK Trip 2015: Day 6 at Westminster Abbey and British Museum

Thank y'all so much for all the love as we announced our big news on Monday! It was so fun to read all of your sweet words about your little boys and I can't wait to experience that kind of love here in this house. A lot of people are asking if Ellie knows or what she thinks about all this. She "knows" in the sense that we are having discussions with her about it, but I'm not quite certain that she is understanding. We'll keep working on it. I need to order some of those books that help a kid understand! Amazon Prime to the rescue!

With all that said, today is the second to last post about the UK trip! Y'all are almost done having to read through a day by day account of what happened, I promise. I'm so thankful for this blog though, so that I can document everything so I can always remember. (I made a bulleted list of what we did every day on the flight home because I was already forgetting things.) (While writing this series, I've had to refer to that bulleted list way too frequently.) (It's only been a week!)

Tuesday was one of my favorite days:


Can we just talk for a moment about the history of this beautiful place?! The coronations of the English monarchs have taken place at this site since 1066. That is not a typo. 1066, y'all! 16 royal weddings have been held there (including Wills and Kate!) and it seems anyone who is anyone in British history is buried there.

We could not take photographs inside the Abbey, but even the guys (who don't care too much about history) agreed that this was one of the highlights of the trip. Not only was it beautiful architecturally, but the whole place just kind of took your breath away. I had to stop for quite some time at stare at the place where Elizabeth I is buried. ELIZABETH THE FIRST, Y'ALL. It was so cool to be in that place. I even teared up a bit looking at the stone for C.S. Lewis. It was etched with one of my favorite quotes of his: "I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."

Anyways, I can't really do it justice, but I do want to say that if you ever have a chance to go, you need to go. It is incredible.

And then we walked out and saw Big Ben!

After we had lunch, we spent the afternoon in the rain, navigating the streets of London, we found our way to the historic British Museum. 

The whole place was pretty cool, but by far the coolest thing was seeing THE Rosetta Stone live and up close:

Wanna know how old that thing is? It was inscribed in 196 BC. 

196 BC.

So, you know, not that old....

That night, after we rested up from our day of sightseeing, we had our one "nicer" dinner at a restaurant called Wildwood close to our hotel. It had yummy Italian food and we really enjoyed a nicer dinner that wasn't pub food! 

At the end of the day, we all agreed that Westminster was a top stop on the trip across the board. I'm so grateful I had a chance to see it!

Tune in tomorrow, for the last day! (and also one of my favorites!)

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