Days 6 and 7 in London

Yesterday was a free day for the LIT 292 crew and we all went out to explore the city.  Destinations included The British Museum, Cambridge, Soho, Covent Garden, The Tower of London and Picadilly Circus.  Since the photographer went to the Tower, that is what you will get to see. 

Students, if you have pictures to share, Maegan P. has set up a site for us.  Go to www.photobucket.com to upload your photos. 

Username:darwindickens

Password: london

Thanks, Maegan!

The Tower of London is often identified with the White Tower, the original stark square fortress built by William the Conqueror in 1078. However, the tower as a whole is a complex of several buildings set within two concentric rings of defensive walls and a moat.

Ooooh.  Traitor’s Gate. 

The name Traitors’ Gate has been used since the early seventeenth century. Prisoners were brought by barge along the Thames, passing under London Bridge, where the heads of recently executed prisoners were displayed on pikes. Anne Boleyn, Sir Thomas More, Queen Catherine Howard, and Anne Boleyn’s daughter, Elizabeth I, all entered the Tower by Traitors’ Gate.

And what’s good is a trip to London without a picture like this?

At least six ravens have been in residence at the Tower for centuries.  Legend has it that if the ravens ever leave the Tower, the entire kingdom will fall. 

Tower Bridge.

On Sunday we woke up to a typical rainy London day.  The students were asked to visit either The British Library, The British Museum or The Museum of London and find at least one exhibit about which they could apply and discuss a Darwinian theme.

After that, we met to spend our last evening in London together.  Where better than a typical London pub?

The students discussed some of their favorite experiences from the trip.

Tomorrow we will meet briefly in the morning and then pack up for our trip home. There will be walking, the tube, much more walking, Heathrow, the plane, Newark, a van ride to BCC and finally…home again! 

Drs. Saraceno, Musa and Firenze celebrate the end of our time London.  Although last year at this time we parted “ever the best of friends”, this year was perhaps a tad more trying.  In fact, it seems as if Dr. Saraceno may be losing patience with our beloved, if not slightly burdensome, “Tiny Tim”. 

Luckily for Dr. Firenze, his new colleague showed up just in the nick of time.

Cheers from London! 

 

 

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~ by Dr. Musa on May 25, 2008.

One Response to “Days 6 and 7 in London”

  1. Wow! I really enjoyed viewing your pictures and videos of your trip! I felt like I was along for the ride as well. I laughed, I cried..Seriously, I learned some things that I never knew. Your trip looked like it was not only a great time but a wonderful learning experience..can’t wait to hear about Jen!
    Heidi

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