The Enlightenment, Darkest Victorian London, and One Heck of a Grilled Cheese

The weather may not have been super, but our day in London was!  We began with some of us meeting to discuss the student’s final projects.  Later on we  visited The British Museum, beginning with The Enlightenment Wing.  After a brief discussion of the museum and the significance of the Enlightenment, the students had a couple  of hours to explore the museum on their own.

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We all worked up quite an appetite  from viewing artifacts and antiquities, so we took the tube to Borough Market in Southwark.  Borough Market is one of the largest and oldest food markets in London.  We definitely indulged in many of the wonderful offerings…including what may be the best grilled cheese in Europe.

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After we finished enjoying Borough Market, we walked across London Bridge to meet our London Walks tour guide, Paul.  During our walk, entitled “Darkest Victorian London”, Paul helped us to imagine what life was like for Londoners during the Victorian time period.  He pointed out Victorian buildings and provided details about many aspects of Victorian life. Below are some pictures from our tour with Paul.

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We finished our walk at “The George”, an Inn that dates back to Elizabethan times.

After “The George”, we hopped on the tube to head back to the flats for the evening.  We have an early start tomorrow morning when we will travel by tube, train, bus and foot to visit the home of Charles Darwin. Although most of us plan to turn in early, Dr. Firenze and Dr. Saraceno had something different in mind.  They suited up and headed to the slopes for some downhill skiing. Let’s hope this ends better than the skating.

Cheers from London!

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~ by Dr. Musa on May 24, 2014.

One Response to “The Enlightenment, Darkest Victorian London, and One Heck of a Grilled Cheese”

  1. Eddie “The Eagle” Firenze and “This is the last time I’ll use Turtle Wax.”

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