This past week my parents flew out to visit me in London! I am so fortunate my parents were able to make the far trip, especially since they are traveling to China next week to visit my younger sister, Marci, on Semester at Sea.
The first two days were spent showing them my favorite London spots: The Museum of Natural History, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Hyde Park, Harrods, St. James Park, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Soho.
We saw two theatre shows: Backbeat and Legally Blonde. I love Backbeat – the story of the Beatles before they were famous. Backbeat focused on the tragic story of 5th Beatles musician before his eventual exit from the band. My Dad and I enthusiastically sang along to early Beatles songs and took pleasure in watching John Lennon and Paul McCartney brainstorm lyrics to “Love Me Do.”
Next, my parents and I boarded a two hour train to Bath. The ancient city boasted gorgeous curved buildings and historic Roman Baths emitting scalding water from the Earth. We took advantage of the peaceful town, touring the Bath Abbey church, ancient baths and a two-hour outdoor bath and spa treatment. Especially since my family was disconnected from our 3G internet on our mobile phones, I felt especially engaged with our surroundings and was able to fully embrace the culture.
Finally, my family and I traveled to Stonehenge! While I understood that I was in the presence of a historic monument, in reality, it was just rocks.
Here’s what my sister emailed me from her Global Architecture class in India: “okay this has been my favorite of all the buildings we studied! im so jealous u get to go! its made entirely out of megalith rocks, MASSIVE stones that are impossible to move. they stones took months to move and they dragged them to the building site just by tons of men pushing together for months. each one is a ton or half a ton i cant remember.
its the most famous of the neolithic monuments. it has these aubrey holes on the inside which show that there was once proof of cremation burials.
its an example of trabeated architecture which means it has a vertical post on the top supporting a lentin. it has an extremely low tensil strength- meaning a low capacity to ben without breaking. made in 2700 — 1500 BC. the people of salsbury plains in england felt that is was their axis mundi or “center of the world”