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The Beauty of St. Paul’s Cathedral

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

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Though there are countless pictures of Westminster Abbey on tourists’ cameras, let’s not forget St. Paul’s Cathedral, also known as ‘the Nation’s Church’. Located at the top of Ludgate Hill, St. Paul’s Cathedral has a history to boast and breathtaking views of the city.

After the Great Fire of London in 1666, the cathedral was rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren and is thought to be his greatest achievement. It takes 528 steps to get to the very top of the cathedral. On your way up, your first stop will be the Whispering Gallery where you can hear a whisper across the room.There are 119 more steps to the Stone Gallery, then 152 steps to the Golden Gallery where you can see a spectacular panoramic view of London.

Multimedia tours are included with the purchase of admission. In these multimedia tours, guests are given iPods to help them experience an audio and visual guided tour of the history of St. Paul’s Cathedral. These tours will be offered in a number of languages and lasts up to 90 minutes.

Photo by dw*c

Photo by dw*c

Another tidbit about the cathedral that many may have overlooked is the American Memorial Chapel located at the east end of the cathedral behind the High Altar. The memorial honors the 28,000 Americans who were killed on their way or stationed in the UK during World War II. Their names are written in the 500 page roll of honor in which a page is turned once a day. This section of the cathedral contains the only stained glass windows in the entire building. The windows depict plant life and animals native to the United States and references historic American events.

There is so much to see and do at St. Paul’s that it can definitely be made into a day trip on its own. With the journey to the top of the chapel, the multimedia tours, and the American Memorial Chapel, there are a number of things you can do! You can also go downstairs and see the Crypt, wander through the Collections, or even dine in the café.

Now, more than ever, is the perfect time to plan your visit to St. Paul’s. It has taken 15 years to meticulously restore the entire cathedral, and for the first time ever, people can see how Wren originally envisioned his masterpiece.

To purchase admission tickets for St. Paul’s Cathedral, go here. To see more London Tours, visit our website.

- Kris
http://reserve123.com/

(Source: St Paul’s website, telegraph,LondonEnglandTours.net)

Visit Windsor and Eton Your Way!

Monday, October 12th, 2009

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England is known for its famous landmarks, beautiful natural surroundings, and those big red buses! An open-top bus tour is an ideal way to see London and the surrounding area, and it is a flexible option as well.  If you are looking to see one of the Queen’s residences, Windsor Castle, a hop on hop off bus tour is the way to go.

The City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour in Windsor & Eton comes complete with a pre-recorded commentary in English, in order to acquaint you with the areas of Windsor and Eton.  The best part of this tour, however, is that it gives you the ability to hop on and off the bus at your leisure.

There are 11 stops on the tour, including Castle Hill (featuring Windsor Castle), High Street (Parish Church and Guildhall), Eton Court, and Windsor Bridge.  The comfortable air-conditioned bus takes you to the sights that are major highlights in the vicinity.

Children under age 5 are free, and the regular child rate starts as low as $6.95 so this is an affordable trip for everyone.  So get ready to experience Windsor and Eton as you enjoy the gentle breeze from atop one of those famous red buses.  You won’t regret it!

To check out more on this tour and others in the areas of Windsor and Eton, England visit www.windsortours.net.

Halloween Haunts for Hire!

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

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Trick or treat?! We usher in the Fall season with massive planning efforts for Halloween over the coming weeks.  For those who don’t plan on staying home to hand out candy this year, here are a few of the places you can go to get spooked:

Plymouth, Massachusetts: Ghosts, orbs, and grave sites, oh my! On the Fright Night Halloween Ghost Tour in Plymouth, you can get an education on the different types of ghosts that stalk the area around Burial Hill.  Mystery and macabre come together on this lantern-lit walk where you can photograph the area and, later, watch for orbs of light in the developed pictures.

Washington, DC: On another walk, the Georgetown Ghost Walk, you will learn about the ghosts and spirits still haunting our US capital.  A trip through DC’s finest Victorian style neighborhood reveals much about the interesting lives of its now-dead inhabitants as they sometimes reveal themselves in spirit form.

Dallas: Whether you choose a Halloween-themed show like Keith & Margo’s Halloween Mystery Dinner Adventure or to put a different spin on things with the Haunting & Healing Paranormal Event in Dallas, you’re in for a good time for sure.  The dinner show includes an hors d’oeuvres reception, full 3-course sit-down dinner and dessert, and live entertainment in the form of an interactive live action murder mystery where you get to solve the crime and figure out whodunit.  The Haunting & Healing event gives you face time with four paranormal experts, which has been enjoyed by the likes of the queen of England and Dr. Seuss.  The experts channel their unique energy into a powerful grid of light and healing for all to witness.  It is truly a sight to behold.

London: If you happen to be overseas this Halloween, check out the Medieval Halloween Banquet in London.  The Brits do it up right with a celebration of the 500th anniversary of King Henry VIII taking possession of the throne.  Live entertainment, a night of disco, and a four-course banquet menu, along with unlimited beer and wine during the meal, make this a festive event to be enjoyed by all.  Not to mention the cast of characters in full dress, which adds to the delightfully scary atmosphere of it all.

No matter where you go or what you do, be sure to make it a scary day for the record books.  If you would like more information on any of these tours, visit www.Reserve123.com and tour type search for “Halloween.”

London: A Trip That’s Fit for a Queen

Monday, November 24th, 2008

London, England is a wonderful place to visit whether you grew up in Europe or elsewhere.  As soon as you enter the confines of the city, you realize that it is strikingly different from the rest of Europe.  In fact, many Brits do not consider themselves to be part of Europe at all.  England is centrally located so it is quite easy to hop on a plane and arrive at another European location in a short period of time.  With budget airlines like easyJet and Ryanair, it is not only convenient but cost efficient as well.

Your first time in London you might feel a little overwhelmed with all that there is to see and do.  That is, unless you enlist the help of a reputable touring company to assist you in setting your travel itinerary.  There are a few things that everyone would agree should be on the agenda:

Changing of the Guard – This is one of the mainstays that London is most known for.  On the Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace & Changing of the Guard Tour you will visit Buckingham Palace, the London residence of the Queen and witness the ceremonial changing of the guard who stands watch at the palace entrance.  You may even see the colorful flag, known as the Royal Standard, which means that the Queen is at home.

Westminster Abbey – This famous church is the burial place for many aristocrats, monks, and poets as well as kings and queens.  Among those laid to rest, some of the most recognizable names are William Shakespeare, John Keats, Elizabeth I, and Laurence Olivier.  If you have the time, be sure to make the journey up to the top and look down for an unbeatable view of the entire structure.  You can also attend a church service if you happen to be in the right place at the right time.  The echoing of the organ and the overall vibe of this gorgeous building make it a must-see location on your trip.

Crown Jewels – If you take the Historic & Modern London Tour, one of the stops on your journey will be at the Tower of London.  This has been the home of the Crown Jewels since 1303 when they were stolen from Westminster Abbey.  They are currently held in the part of the Tower called Jewel House, where they are open to the public for viewing during specified hours for a fee.  This stop, however, is included in the price of the Historic & Modern London Tour should you decide to take advantage of it.  Among the goodies you will see are beautifully adorned crowns, swords, orbs, and scepters once worn by British royalty.

Liverpool – For those devoted Beatles fans out there, Liverpool is a definite must.  The Beatles and Liverpool Tour highlights many of the locations critical to the Beatles’ journey to stardom.  You will take the train from Euston Station to Liverpool where you will be introduced to the Beatles’ history via the Magical Mystery Tour.  You will also have time to shop around, visit the Beatles Story exhibition, and stop at galleries and pubs along the way.

If you are unsure what else to do while you are in London, and to book a space on one of these amazing tours, visit www.londonenglandtours.net.  If you book your tickets online you will save $5 per adult ticket.  That’s 5 more dollars that you can be spending on souvenirs!


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