This is my last post of London! I have since returned, but as I did manage to squeeze in quite a few things before my flight home, I wanted to share them here.
In the morning, I packed all my things, including my new suitcase, with the treasures of my adventures, and checked out of the hostel. I was able to leave my bags in their storage locker, so I decided to head back into Westminster, since it's on the same Tube line and I wouldn't have to go far out of the way. First I stopped near Green Park to visit The Royal Academy, which had an exhibition on about Hungarian photographers.
My next stop was in Westminster, where I had a Rick Steves walking tour on my iPod. It starts on Westminster bridge, giving you this awesome view of the Palace of Westminster and the bell tower (the bell is called Big Ben, apparently.)
The walk continued up Whitehall, where I saw some monuments and other important buildings I hadn't yet had the chance to stop by and see.
Aside from hosting elaborate high teas and classical music concerts, the Banqueting House is the site where Charles I was beheaded after the British Civil war, when Oliver Cromwell took over...and got rid of all the crown jewels >:-( Clearly, thats the main thing I took away from the British Civil War.
The airport was fine, and I got my VAT tax refund. Security at Heathrow is twenty times that of JFK, which I thought was interesting. With all the additional security, however, I never had to take off my shoes.
I watched several movies on the plane, and gradually slipped into a state of suspended psychosis, as my brain tried to comprehend the ticking of my internal clock and the persistence of the sun out the window. My flight was at 5pm yet I landed at JFK at 7:30pm, as the sun was beginning to set. And in my condition of non compos mentis, I saw the most spectacular view from the plane window. Never wanting to forget the experience, I jotted down these words, a blithering and loquacious description of the sunset, which I will use to bring to a close my trip to London: