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Understanding London's Connection with its Past

Brett Sanders '09 - Tuesday was undoubtedly full of more sights that involved London’s lovely landscape.  Although it is safe to say that our legs were close to falling off, Professor Herzog kept us traipsing through the London cement jungle.

After discussing some of the places that are seen in Bleak House, that are placed within Chancery Lane, our trip took us down to the heart of London.  What was most striking to me was the fact that while in the city, tremendous buildings spring up before your eyes at every turn, it seems.  Nearly every building has some unique aspect of architecture that fills the mind with a sense of wonder and astonishment at how well these ancient buildings have been maintained.  One of the most fascinating structures was St. Paul’s Cathedral that acted as a beacon of hope for the London people during World War 2.  It is a massive neo-classical structure that holds some of England’s most important people’s remains.  Also, it managed to stay intact during the Second World War, which allows it to be considered a monument to Britain’s past and present.

After walking a bit further, we were able to cross London Bridge, which is an amazing historical structure.  Even though London Bridge was bought by an American and sent to Arizona, the one that we walked down seemed to hold within it a sense of the past and the present.

Throughout our walks and discussions of the myriad buildings that London contains, one is struck with the sense that all of London contains one common theme within it—a social and architectural connection between the past and the present.