“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St Augustine
What an incredible third day in London! Today, everyone had a “free day” with their Varsity escort to explore and do what they wanted in this fabulous city. I tagged along with Bradley, Ashley, and Garrett’s groups and we even had Andrew, a Varsity London trip Veteran join along for the fun. We started the morning visiting Westminster Abbey, one of London’s most monumental landmarks and places of worship. The Abbey has been the coronation church for almost 1000 years and is home to breathtaking architecture, stained glass, paintings, and more treasures. Next, we hopped on the Tube (English term for the subway) to Piccadilly Circus for one of everyone’s favorite things to do, shopping! Piccadilly Circus is similar to Times Square in New York City, so of course there was so much to see and do. Definitely a fun spot to find some treasures to take back home to the states! After checking out the shops, our group headed over to Abbey Road, the famous Beatles landmark. This street is home not only to the famous Beatles album cover photo but also Abbey Road Studios.
Brea and some of the dancers started the morning at the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (home to the Queen!) This spectacle has been a traditional for hundreds of years and is definitely a must see when in London. After the Changing of the Guards the All-Americans had a lunch filled with both history and entertainment at the Hard Rock Café. Check out some of our favorite photos from the day!
In the evening, some of the cheerleaders danced the night away on the boat cruise down the River Thames like we did yesterday, while the dancers and some of the other cheerleaders headed to the West End to see a production of “Wicked!” As a huge theater and Oz fan, I can promise that it was nothing short of incredible. Another must see in the city of London!
Our next day of adventures includes a trip to Windsor Castle and don’t forget, we are getting closer and closer to parade day!