Daily Journal: 21 December 2016 (Wednesday)

Today I realized that recently I’ve been turning my day around. Such as, up until last week, I woke up and left for my daily adventures after having something to eat, getting clean and dressed, and then left – generally within an hour or so. Now, I get up and take care of stuff that I had put off from the evening before, getting cleaned up and dressed, running errands, and then have been heading out – sometime in the afternoon. Also, staying out after dark. Feeling all grown up now and having a great time enjoying the Christmas holiday and being with friends.

In any case, today was a day as I described above and was over at St. Paul’s at around 2:30. It took about 20 minutes by tube to get there. I’m in the City of Westminster and St. Paul’s is in the City of London.

I had been to St. Paul’s in July but now wanted to look around again at my own pace. Still in awe of this building – in scale, design (Christopher Wren) and history.

From these steps in Mary Poppins, the song: “Feed the Birds” See the YouTube link below. A nice reminder for us around the holidays.

Was getting dark as I took this picture.

From Google, found this picture that shows a picture of St. Paul’s from above.

From St. Paul’s, I headed over to Southwark Cathedral, an easy walk directly over London Bridge from St. Paul’s. I was to met Ben and also Prean and Viktor for the services and choir. This service started at 6:00 p.m.

Southwark Cathedral is an historic church and has been a site for christian worship for over 1,000 years. I commented that this building was a long-established place of worship as my ancestors traveled to the America’s in the 1600’s. The interior of the church hasn’t changed much for hundreds of years. A great beauty with history.

The service, like the one last night, was perfect. Had the opportunity to learn some new carols too. The readings were well done and the minister’s message was on-topic and well received. The choir, of all ages, made the service very special and their voices filled the large space. Was told the cathedral can hold around 1,800 people.

It was dark when I arrived at the cathedral and was asked not to take pictures inside, so pulled the images below from the Internet.

After the service, Ben left us for another commitment, so Prean, Viktor and I decided to find a place to sit down and enjoy the evening before heading back to the flat. On the way, I took a picture of The Shard and its beacon shinning up to the sky.

Had some wine along with fish and chips. Also an apple crisp for dessert.

Prean showed me a quick way to get from the Sloan Square station back to their flat. Sometimes, it is very busy at Victoria station, which is also close, and having an alternative will be helpful.



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