2 Churches and a Great View – Day 5


October 5, 2012 by travelingsole

Sunday in London…

We went to church with our hosts Sunday morning. St. Helen’s church is on the same block as the Gherkin. Did you know that pickles are called gherkins in England?

St. Helen’s is one of the oldest church buildings in the city. It’s a Conservative Church of England church. The Church of England was started by King Henry VIII when the Catholic church wouldn’t let him divorce his wife…

It’s a beautiful church but I didn’t get pictures inside…

Right after the service was over we headed straight to the London Eye. You have to go to the Eye on a day when it is clear. Clear days are rare in London. Sunday was a beautiful, sunny, clear day. We only had a couple hours because we wanted to be back at St. Paul’s Cathedral by 3:15. A quick bus ride later….

The Eye was amazing…. Here are the pictures….

The views from the pods are amazing

The Gherkin



Taxis on London Bridge

The Shard

The Thames

Buckingham Palace

Big Ben and Westminster Abbey

Beautiful colors in the middle of the city.

The Eye was one of the only touristy things that we really spent money on… besides Shakespeare’s Globe. It was £18.50. (the £ is approx. 1.56 US dollar). It really was worth the money. It was one of the highlights of the trip.

After we were done there we went back across the river to Evensong at St. Paul’s Cathedral. It was another highlight of the trip. As we were arriving the 3 o’clock bells were clanging. We stopped to take a few pictures and then hurried inside.

From this view you can’t see the dome. The dome can be seen from the south bank of the Thames… It’s a beautiful enormous building. See this site for more pictures http://www.stpauls.co.uk/

Evensong was men in robes, boys in robes carrying large crosses, men in robes carrying scepters,  prayers, readings, and singing by the choir and congregation. The choir was absolutely beautiful. The young boys reaching extremely high notes. The Cathedral Choir is one of the best in the world. It felt like being in another world. Princess Diana and Princess Kate got married there. The walls, ceilings, domes…. magnificent…. Just breathtaking. The architecture and the choir… I don’t easily cry at things like this but I could have cried. Absolutely beautiful. A must if you ever get to London.

a sneaky picture

After Evensong we were so hungry. We hadn’t had time to eat lunch yet. The Earl of Sandwich shop was right outside St Paul’s. John Montagu, an Earl of Sandwich was the one who “invented” the  sandwich. The story goes that he didn’t have time to eat a real meal so he told his servants to bring him meat between two pieces of bread.

Great view out the window

A long ride on the No. 15 bus brought house for a night in….

That was our Sunday,



4 thoughts on “2 Churches and a Great View – Day 5

  1. ej says:

    great post. I have 2 questions. First, i saw you were packing more than a point and shoot. What SLR do you have? Secondly, what exactly is the shard? (Ironic i know, I’m currently connected to the web and I’m asking you. But you were there; I wasn’t)

    • Thanks. Q1. answer… I was packing a Rebel t1i. My mom’s camera of all things. 🙂 I use it more than she does. It’s my main camera. Q2. answer… The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe. It’s in the London Bridge part of the city and is supposed to transform the skyline. Which it did. They are building the Pinnacle across the river to but be just about as tall as the Shard.

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