Recently, my mum and I (love that british spelling there...) visited the sunny (yes. Sunny. I have proof) country of Scotland. (I think Scotland is a country....I know it's not independent from Britain, but I think it should be. Anyhoo.)
After spending some quality "travel time" in Edinburgh and St. Andrews, my mum and I departed from Scotland (more on Scotland later..I promise), we flew to London and stayed overnight at a nameless hotel (I forgot what it was called)*. We had an 18-hour layover in London, and in a flighty and nearly very dangerous leap from traveler to tourist, my mum booked a cab for us.
The next morning after breakfast, our driver picked us up and drove us about 30-45 mins through morning traffic to West London (Heathrow is well west of London, in case you didn't know). Even though we only had 2 hours in London, we actually got to see a whole lot.
Oh. Yes. Westminster Abbey. Be still my heart.
We drove to Westminster Abbey and as soon as I saw it, I was like. O.O
MUM. WE. MUST. GO. INSIDE.
And miraculously, there was no line. And we went inside. And I, quite literally, indubitably, without a doubt, had a cow right there and then. I almost fainted when I saw the grave of Ralph Vaughan Williams (my most favouritest composer) and Sir Edward Elgar. William Wilberforce, Sir Isaac Newton, David Livingstone, The Unknown Soldier, Winston Churchill, Muzio Clementi, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens....need I go on?
I was in a constant state of violent swooning. Despite this, I did enjoy quiet moments of revelation around the graves of the greats. It was a traveler moment filled with profundity in that violent swirl of "touristiness".
Enjoy these photographs of Westminster Abbey (from the outside. They're a bit curmudgeonly, although respectful to history, and only let you buy tour guides. Thus I had to forbear taking pictures of my favourite graves.)
Not really off the beaten path, but who cares?
SALES PITCH ALERT. Skip this part if you just don't care.
The tour group we used was London Magical Tours. The driver was very entertaining and enlightening (you don't really NEED the optional tour guide), he dropped us right off at departures, and the car was very very nice.
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*P.S. Sorry for all the bloody parentheses. I won't use them anymore (after this one, of course..and maybe a few more).