• Our Last Day in London

    Posted by Margaret Beers on 2/25/2011 3:00:00 PM

     Friday, Feb. 25, 2011

    Today is our last day in London and Meg's birthday, so we want to make the most of it!

    Our first stop was Westminster Abbey. 

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    This is where Prince William, the Queen's grandson, will be marrying Kate Middleton on April 29, 2011. This Royal Wedding will have guests coming from all over the world. Hopefully, we will be able to watch some of it on TV in Ms. Ernst's room.


    Part of Westminster Abbey was built in the year 1050, but most of the building started to be built around the year 1250. Many special ceremonies have taken place here. In addition, many royals, politicians, scientists, writers, poets and artists are buried here.

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    After we toured Westminster Abbey, we went to see the Tower Bridge. It is a bridge over the Thames River. Neat, huh?

    Tower Bridge

    Seeing the Tower Bridge made me think of the song, "London Bridges Falling Down." Do you know that song?


    Well, it has been great showing you around London. I've had a fun time. Tomorrow, we fly back to the United States. Goodbye, United Kingdom!


    I miss you guys. Can't wait to see you back at School #9 on Monday.

    Love,
    Chris

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  • The Tower of London

    Posted by Margaret Beers on 2/24/2011 2:00:00 PM

     Thurs., Feb. 24, 2011

    Today we toured the Tower of London. This is a powerful fortress that has been around since the early 1000's--that's over 1000 years ago!

    The Tower of London has held many famous prisoners. Some of them have even carved their names in the stone walls of the Tower. It was interesting to see the carvings, but it felt a little creepy too, because many of these prisoners were killed at the Tower.

    Tower of London


    On the Tower grounds, you can see The Royal Armour Exhibition. Armour is what people wore to protect their bodies when they were fighting in battles. Look at the size differences of these armours--

    Armor

    The Crown Jewels are also displayed at the Tower of London. These are the beautiful crowns and other jewels that the kings and queens wore and still wear for special occasions. One of the diamonds in the display is called the First Star of Africa. It is one of the biggest diamonds in the world-- it is HUGE--530 carats!!  I practically needed sunglasses to look at it because it was so SHINY!!! Needless to say, there were alot of policemen guarding the jewels.

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    Legend says that "the kingdom and the Tower will fall if the six resident ravens ever leave the fortress." Ravens are very big, black birds. There are 7 ravens kept at the Tower today. (one extra)

    Here is a picture of one of the ravens. Unfortunately, it is eating rubbish that someone didn't throw away in the rubbish can.

    Raven

    Please remember, DO NOT LITTER!

    See you tomorrow.

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  • The Wax Museum

    Posted by Margaret Beers on 2/23/2011 2:00:00 PM

    Wed., Feb. 23, 2011

    Today, we went to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. This is where you can see wax models that look just like the real-life people.  See if you can guess who I saw---

      






    Chris and Tiger



    Chris and MLK



    Chris and Pres. Obama

    This next one is Mrs. Beers' favorite--

    Mrs. Beers and George

    And this next one is Meg's favorite--

    Meg and her Prince

    Most of the figures looked so real---we had a really fun time at the museum.

    Well, we need to take the Tube home to our flat. Maybe we will stop and buy some biscuits at the bakery.

    See you tomorrow.

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  • English Terms

    Posted by Margaret Beers on 2/22/2011 1:00:00 PM

    Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011

    I am having a wonderful time in London, England. London is a very big city, much bigger than Rochester. The Beers and I have walked and walked all over. Sometimes we have taken a taxi, but most of the time we have ridden on the "Tube " or taken a bus. The Tube is underground and similar to the subways in New York City. The buses are called "Double Deckers." They are painted red and they have an upstairs! It is really neat to ride up there and feel like you are way up high!

    Even though the people in London are alot like us, they sometimes use different words for things than we do. Here are a few examples:

    We say french fries           They say "chips"

              potato chips                          "crisps"

              cookies                                "biscuits"

              stove                                   "the hob"

              elevator                               "lift"

              apartment                            "flat"

              bathroom                             "loo"

              garbage                               "rubbish"

    It took a little while for us to get used to the different words.

    Another thing that was neat were the telephone booths they had on the streets of London. Here's a picture of Will and Bobby Beers and another picture of me in a red phone booth.

    Telephone Booths


    Chris in phone booth

     Well, I really need to say goodbye now because I have to go to the loo!

    See you tomorrow.       

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  • Changing of the Guards

    Posted by Margaret Beers on 2/21/2011 2:00:00 PM
    Monday, Feb. 21, 2011
     
    Today was the BEST day! I can't wait to tell you what happened to me today.
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    We went to see the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace. Buckingham Palace is a place where the kings and queens used to live. Now, it is used as the Queen's work office and a place to hold special events and meetings. The Palace is HUGE---it has 775 rooms with 78 bathrooms. WOW!

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    Changing of the Guards
     
    The Queen is so important that guards protect her and Buckingham Palace 24 hours a day. The Changing of the Guards is when one set of guards replaces another set of guards. It is alot like a parade-there are guards wearing special uniforms, horses and even a band! It was really cool to watch.
     
    Here is a picture of Mrs. Beers, Will, and me near the tall gates of Buckingham Palace.

    Mrs. Beers, Will, Chris
     
    After the Changing of the Guards ceremony, I was walking around the Palace grounds with Mrs. Beers and her family. That's when this very special thing happened--I met two new friends!!

    Chris meets some friends
     
    Maurice the Moose is from Toronto, Canada and Echo the owl is from the New York City area. They have friends in classrooms just like I have you for friends at School #9. It made me so happy to make new friends when I was so far away from home!
     
    This was such a special day!
    See you tomorrow, friends.
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  • Our First Day

    Posted by Margaret Beers on 2/20/2011 6:00:00 PM

     Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011

    Today I met Mrs. Beers' daughter Meg for the first time. Hopefully you will all get a chance to talk to her about living in London.

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    Then we went to see The Lion King! It was AWESOME! The music was great and the costumes were really cool. The only problem was, one of the hyenas saw me and told his friends I looked "delicious!" Mrs. Beers quickly put me back in her purse. What do you think the hyena meant by that?

    Lion King


    Later at night we went on the London Eye. It is a really big ferris wheel that you ride on and can see the whole city from way up high.

    London Eye

    London Eye 2


    A really famous landmark in London is Big Ben. It is a huge clock tower that can be seen from far away. It really looks awesome when it is lit up at night. Here's a picture of the Beers family with Big Ben way in the background (Mrs. Beers and I are taking the picture).

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    Here are a few more pictures of Big Ben.

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    It's really neat to hear Big Ben's bells chime, and it's cool to see the clock in day and night.

    Speaking of night, I need to get some sleep.

    See you tomorrow.

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  • We made it!

    Posted by Margaret Beers on 2/19/2011 5:00:00 PM

    Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011

    We woke up at 4 o'clock in the morning and had to drive to the Rochester Airport. I thought we would take off right away but we had to wait for the crew to de-ice the plane. Brrrr! We flew to New York City first and then boarded a different airplane to fly to London. The flight took 7 hours!

    This is a picture of me sitting next to Jack and Will on the plane. It was really cool, I had my own TV that I could watch while we were flying!


    On the Airplane!


    I'm so glad we are finally in London! I'm tired, so I'll write more tomorrow.

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  • Getting ready to go

    Posted by Margaret Beers on 2/18/2011 8:00:00 AM
    Friday, February 18, 2011

    I am so excited! Tomorrow I am going to take a trip on a big airplane. I am going with Mrs. Beers and her family to London, England. Can you find the country of England on a map?     
     
    Once you find England, then look for the city of London.  Did you find it?  Good for you! That's the city I'm going to visit.
     
    The airplane ride is going to take 7 hours--that's a long time---longer than a day at school. I've packed some Junie B. Jones books to read on the airplane.
     
    I have to go to bed now, because we have to get up tomorrow at 4:30am. to drive to the airport. See you later.
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