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A Stroll Through Historical London

Trafalgar Square commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, a British naval victory in the Napoleonic Wars over France and Spain that took place on October 21, 1805 and was led by Admiral Horatio Nelson

Trafalgar Square commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, a British naval victory in the Napoleonic Wars over France and Spain that took place on October 21, 1805 and was led by Admiral Horatio Nelson

The Roman Wall around London was built in the late 2nd or early 3rd century and was 2 mi long enclosing an area of about 330 acres; it was 2.5 m to 3 m wide and up to 6 m high

The Roman Wall around London was built in the late 2nd or early 3rd century and was 2 mi long enclosing an area of about 330 acres; it was 2.5 m to 3 m wide and up to 6 m high

We took an entertaining guided tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theater; the replica is built half-timbered and with a thatch roof as it was in Shakespeare's time

We took an entertaining guided tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theater; the replica is built half-timbered and with a thatch roof as it was in Shakespeare's time

The Banqueting House was the only part of Whitehall Palace to survive the fires of the 1690s; Charles I was beheaded here in this first major classical building to be built in England in the Italian Palladian style

The Banqueting House was the only part of Whitehall Palace to survive the fires of the 1690s; Charles I was beheaded here in this first major classical building to be built in England in the Italian Palladian style

Gutenberg Bible, 1545; the British Library has the sole surviving manuscript copy of the poem Beowulf and the original manuscript of Handel's Messiah

Gutenberg Bible, 1545; the British Library has the sole surviving manuscript copy of the poem Beowulf and the original manuscript of Handel's Messiah

This Enigma encoding machine was used by the Germans during the battle for France during June 1940; Churchill was 65 years old when he was elected Prime Minister and, despite lots of drinking and smoking, lived to be 90

This Enigma encoding machine was used by the Germans during the battle for France during June 1940; Churchill was 65 years old when he was elected Prime Minister and, despite lots of drinking and smoking, lived to be 90

The HMS Belfast was a Royal Navy warship that took part in the D-Day invasion; at 215 miles, the River Thames is the longest river entirely within England

The HMS Belfast was a Royal Navy warship that took part in the D-Day invasion; at 215 miles, the River Thames is the longest river entirely within England

Leadenhall Market is one of the oldest in London, dating from the 14th century; the ornate roof structure, painted green, maroon and cream, and cobbled floors of the current structure, designed in 1881, make it a popular tourist attraction

Leadenhall Market is one of the oldest in London, dating from the 14th century; the ornate roof structure, painted green, maroon and cream, and cobbled floors of the current structure, designed in 1881, make it a popular tourist attraction

Since the coronation of William the Conqueror in 1066, all coronations of British monarchs have been in Westminster Abbey; we ran into Don Obenrader and Craig Dietz here!

Since the coronation of William the Conqueror in 1066, all coronations of British monarchs have been in Westminster Abbey; we ran into Don Obenrader and Craig Dietz here!

St. Stephen's Hall at the Houses of Parliament was one of only two rooms where we could take photos; the House of Lords had very opulent rooms while the House of Commons was more practical

St. Stephen's Hall at the Houses of Parliament was one of only two rooms where we could take photos; the House of Lords had very opulent rooms while the House of Commons was more practical

Shakespeare's Collected Poems, 1640; the British Library is the largest national library in the world by number of items cataloged with an estimated 200 million  items

Shakespeare's Collected Poems, 1640; the British Library is the largest national library in the world by number of items cataloged with an estimated 200 million+ items

The Jewel Tower is a 14th-century surviving element of the Palace of Westminster; we went inside to see the artifacts but there really wasn't much to see

The Jewel Tower is a 14th-century surviving element of the Palace of Westminster; we went inside to see the artifacts but there really wasn't much to see

Cutty Sark was the world's last operating clipper ship; launched in 1869, Cutty Sark was among the fastest clippers ever built

Cutty Sark was the world's last operating clipper ship; launched in 1869, Cutty Sark was among the fastest clippers ever built

The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace had a special exhibition of 200 drawings by Leonardo da Vinci; all of the drawings were originally in this album

The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace had a special exhibition of 200 drawings by Leonardo da Vinci; all of the drawings were originally in this album

Having recently read Isaacson's biography of Da Vinci, many of the drawings I had seen in the book; you had to have a timed ticket for admission even though it's covered by the London Pass

Having recently read Isaacson's biography of Da Vinci, many of the drawings I had seen in the book; you had to have a timed ticket for admission even though it's covered by the London Pass

Moccasins worn by Florence Nightingale, on display at the Wellcome Collection; after the Crimean War, Nightingale returned to England where she established the first training school for nurses

Moccasins worn by Florence Nightingale, on display at the Wellcome Collection; after the Crimean War, Nightingale returned to England where she established the first training school for nurses

The visible remains of a 2nd century Roman amphitheater lie beneath the Guildhall Art Gallery; the ruins were discovered in 1988 during the building of the art gallery and builders decided to leave the ruins where they were

The visible remains of a 2nd century Roman amphitheater lie beneath the Guildhall Art Gallery; the ruins were discovered in 1988 during the building of the art gallery and builders decided to leave the ruins where they were

This copy of the Magna Carta at the Guildhall Art Gallery is widely regarded as one of the finest surviving 13th-century copies; this document is thought to have influenced the framers of the Declaration of Independence

This copy of the Magna Carta at the Guildhall Art Gallery is widely regarded as one of the finest surviving 13th-century copies; this document is thought to have influenced the framers of the Declaration of Independence

The Tower of St. Elsyng Spital was built in 1330 as a refuge for blind beggars, paralyzed priests and, if space was still available, for beggars who wandered about the city

The Tower of St. Elsyng Spital was built in 1330 as a refuge for blind beggars, paralyzed priests and, if space was still available, for beggars who wandered about the city

The Book of Common Prayer, 1717; the print is so tiny in this book that I don't see how anyone could read it; this was displayed at the free City of London Museum

The Book of Common Prayer, 1717; the print is so tiny in this book that I don't see how anyone could read it; this was displayed at the free City of London Museum

There were 22 towers spaced about 210 feet apart on the Roman Wall; during the Great Fire of London in September 1666, almost all of the medieval City of London inside the wall was destroyed

There were 22 towers spaced about 210 feet apart on the Roman Wall; during the Great Fire of London in September 1666, almost all of the medieval City of London inside the wall was destroyed

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