Tuesday, April 30, 2013

London

Today we went to see Big Ben, Westminster Abby, and a boat ride to Greenwich. First let me tell you about Big Ben.

Big Ben is it's name, but no one knows if Ben is the name of the bell or the clock. Big Ben is connected to the parliament building, it does not stand by itself. At night it looks so pretty with all of the nice lights.

Westminster Abby is a chapel. It is very big. Many kings, queen and famous poets have their grave there. It is very beautiful. We did an activity book together and won a humongous chocolate coin at the end. After picking up our coin we went to have lunch,  sitting on the grass in front of Big Ben. We had a great view. When we were done with lunch all of the kids got to eat our chocolate coin. It was so delicious.

Then we went to a pier on the Thame River on a cruise. Once on the boat we saw so many things. I saw the London Eye, the London Bridge, Tower Bridge, and a battleship that was in the war. It was so cool to see everything that we did. Then we got off at the last stop in Greenwich. In Greenwich I went into the Nationals Maritime Museum and it was so fun. I was upset because we only got to stay a little while because it was going to close.

Today was so much fun and I can't wait for tomorrow. Here are so pics:


Monday, April 29, 2013

London Tower

Today was so much fun we went to the London Tower. The London Tower is where the Kings and Queens lived. For over 900 years the London Tower has been standing guard over the capital. It is also a Royal Palace, fortress, prison, place of execution, arsenal, Royal Mint, Royal Zoo and jewel house. It has seen many great events in British history.

The Tower of London was built by William the Conqueror in 1066. It was so cool to see the crowns of the Kings and Queens and what the wore. On our tour we saw things from the Kings and Queens and also heard a legend about Ravens. 

Here is the legend:

Ravens have lived at the Tower of London for hundreds of years. Legend has it that if the ravens ever leave the Tower of London the White Tower will crumble and a great disaster shall befall England. 

They believe the legend so they always had 6 Ravens and now they have 8 (just in case).

Here are so pics:


Friday, April 26, 2013

Glacier (April 15)

Today we climbed to the foot of the beautiful Fox Glacier.It was an amazing view when we got to the top, but let me tell you about the walk up.

When we got to the start of the trail we were all so excited to climb part of this glacier.We started to walk up.All of the beautiful mountains and a big stream were very pretty. Half way up we all saw a small,but pretty spring.The spring's color had baby blue and a little bit of purple in it. It was very, very pretty.

Finally we got to the top of the viewing area. It was the most amazing lookout that you could see. From here we could see the whole glacier. We also saw people on tours climbing on the glacier. After we looked we all had a little snack. Then we went back down to our camper van.

Here is a picture:

Luge

Today was amazing. We went on the luge.We had to wait in a long long line,but finally we made it to the cabal car.We could only fit 4 people at one time so we split up - my mom, brother,and sister went in one car and my dad and I went in another.

When we got to the top I was so excited to go on the luge because I had been waiting for what felt like forever. When we got to the top of the mountain we got into another line,but it was a small line.When it was our turn they could only teach three people at a time how to drive the luge cart. My dad,my brother, and I went first.When they were done teaching us we were off!

I was in the front of everyone and I was going so fast. There was a lot of wind in my face- It was most likely to be pink. I didn't even look behind me, but when I got to the end I had to wait so long to see my family finish and meet me at the end.When I asked them what took them so long they said that my brother a sister (even though my sister and my mom went about 3 minutes after my dad and brother) crashed and my parents had to help them 2 times each.When we were all together we went a second time, but only my dad and I went on the fast course.

My brother couldn't go because he was to small to go on the fast one so he went with my mom and my sister on the first one. I wanted my dad to go first because I nervous.When I was on the track I was going slow so my dad let me go in front of him. Then I was going so fast I didn't use my breaks until the end.

Today was an amazing day.