I (Amanda) went into London today to have the day with Vanessa - a Christchurch friend who has come to live in London. We decided to visit St Paul's Cathedral as the weather dictated an 'inside day'. St Paul's is still a working church and they have four services Monday to Saturday and five services on a Sunday, also during the day (on the hour) they have a brief time where they encourage everyone to take the time to stand or sit quietly and join with a brief prayer.
It is quite an amazing building and incredible to think that there has been a cathedral on this site for 1400 years - this is the 4th cathedral to be built here and was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built 300 years ago.
Vanessa & I took a tour through the cathedral and were very impressed with the lady who took us around - for only 3 pounds we spent about 90 minutes with her and got a huge amount of information. After the tour we climbed the 257 steps up to the Whispering Gallery and then more steps up to the Stone Gallery which allowed us to look out over London.
It was a great day visiting an amazing place, and it was good to be able to do it with Vanessa.Vanessa & Amanda at the top of St Paul's