Day Six: Wednesday, June 20 Today we had breakfast in the hotel before heading to Westminster Pier for our guided boat tour on the Thames River. We saw London from a different perspective while we were on the boat, and we were able to go under two famous landmarks, the Tower Bridge and London Bridge. We also had a brief stop at Greenwich, which is the same place the 1762 delegation stopped to see six British war ships on display when they took a boat ride down Rhe river. Although those six ships are now gone, we did get to see the Cutty Sark ship along with an uphill view of the Royal Observatory. It was a beautiful day to be outside on the water and we were all happy to have the sun shining down and the wind blowing through our hair... Ok, maybe that was just me…..but this boat ride couldn't have been any better. After the boat tour, we walked to the famous St. Katherine's Dock to have lunch at the historic Dicken's Inn. The 200-year-old restaurant has three floors, with each level offering a different type of food. Corey and I settled for the pizza floor, while Jack Baker, Dr. King and a few others ate at the traditional pub floor. No matter what floor you choose, the balcony views were breathtaking and the food was very tasty. Following lunch we headed to the famous Tower of London. Here we saw torture chambers, royal fortresses and black ravens big enough to eat a small child. Yikes! And we can't forget about the dazzling crown jewels! This exquisite display featured hundreds of opulent items that were several centuries old. The 1762 Cherokee delegation came to see the crown jewels as well, along with the other curiosities at the site. The Tower was founded in 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest, and was a royal residence until the 16th century when it started to be used as a prison. For dinner, we had a traditional meal as a group at Jack Horners Pub. The menu included London's most famous dish: fish and chips! The meal was delicious and everyone enjoyed the time together to swap stories and make free-time plans for the coming days. We only have two more full days left here, and as expected, they are packed with activities. Stay tuned as we visit St. James' Palace, Westminster Abbey, Parliament and ride the London Eye, among other things.
Osiyo from London! Lauren Jones