Daily Archives: April 18, 2010

Poles grieve in Trafalgar Square

Fountains in Trafalgar Square stopped running as crowds gathered to mourn the loss of Poland’s President and First Lady, Lech and Maria Kaczynscy, and other officials who died in a plane crash.

Screened on a jumbo LCD panel Poles and non-Polish people watched the funeral ceremonies from a TVP Polonia feed.

Trafalgar Square was nearly filled to capacity and quiet except for the audio from the funeral ceremony. Polish and British support and pride was shown as people held miniature flags and some held signs representing their Polish nationality.

The ceremony was in Polish, and parts of the video program shown had an English translation. The program ended with a short video about the plane crash and the individuals who lost their lives. The final video piece described the 1940s massacre of Katyn, where Soviet secret police killed 21,786 Polish army prisoners of war and public servants. President Kaczynski went on a journey on April 10 to pay tribute to victims of the Katyn Massacre for its 70th Anniversary.

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Photo of the Day – The Globe

April 18, 2010

The Globe opened its doors for free today in celebration of Shakespeare's birthday.

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Photo of the Day – Westminster

April 17, 2010

From within the abbey.

Westminster Abbey is well worth the price one has to pay. An entrance fee gives one a well designed map and audio guide, as well as entrance to the abbey museum and cloisters. 

Westminster is hands down the most impressive cathedral and abbey I have seen. There is no reason why any other piece of architecture can beat out the abbey. It’s detailed and ornate design is complex yet calming. It has buried the remains of the royal monarchy – and many famous writers and poets. Brilliant writers such as Tennyson were laid to rest in the abbey, while tributes to other great writers – William Shakespeare (buried in Stratford-upon-Avon) are also accounted for. This was enough to satisfy me, but the architecture is so brilliant, it’s hard not to be in awe.

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