Today was the first day of class with Andrew. The class, called London as Visual Text, focuses on how London is portrayed through architecture and artistry – meaning quite a number of tours and visits to museums (not that I’m complaining). For today’s afternoon tour, we walked from the London Bridge to the Waterloo Bridge.
At first, it was really fun to follow along with Andrew and listen to his anecdotes on each bridge – I guess his British sense of humor made everything he said a lot funnier. But I’m definitely not used to the cold yet, and a lot of us were still getting over jetlag so it was a bit difficult towards the latter part of the tour – especially during the annoying (short) rain showers!
Here are some of the bridges we stopped to see and talk about during the tour (in alphabetical order). My personal favorite was the Millennium Bridge (aka the Wobbly Bridge), because it is shown as the bridge wrecked by Death Eaters during the 7th Harry Potter movie (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1”).
We also walked on the Westminster Bridge after stopping to take pictures of the Tower of London and the London Eye. I am really looking forward to riding the London Eye, I’m sure the pictures from up top will be amazing!
However the tour was not just about the London Bridges: we also stopped by the Southwark Cathedral, a building with a mixture of Gothic architecture (symbolized by the pointed arcs & flying buttresses) and more recent Victorian renovation.
Here are some other interesting locations we walked by during the tour, including a Shakespeare site! I really liked the pirate ship though – it would be even more amazing if we were allowed to board it and take pictures behind the wheel!
Overall it was a fun experience – Andrew’s tour classes are every Tuesday afternoon, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s class already. I am NOT looking forward to walking over more bridges by the water though – it’s already cold enough without the sea breeze!