Winston Churchill's London.

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Steve at the Cabinet War Rooms, aka "Churchill's Bunker."

Although I woke up just a little too early after our late night out, I felt good and ready to tackle London. Steve and I had a list of recommendations and big plans for the day. Unfortunately, we accomplished very FEW of those things, as the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms (a.k.a. Churchill’s bunker) were so interesting that we spent a huge chunk of the day there.  

The Cabinet War Room is the underground bunker where Churchill’s cabinet and staff conducted business while Hitler bombed the hell out of London. The extensive rooms and halls have been preserved just as they were in this time -- a map room, the Churchill’s (separate) bedrooms, his aide’s rooms, the typist pool, etc. In one area, the ceiling had been cut away to reveal a cross section of the thick concrete layer above the bunker. There was an excellent audio guide to accompany the displays, and it was all very good.
250 kilo German bomb.


Adjoining the bunker was the expansive Churchill Museum, with totally engaging presentations of this man’s enormous accomplishments. His quotes -- amusing, sage, prescient --  were scattered about, and we listened to recordings of his speech to the Londoners during the Blitz (period of intense bombing by Hitler designed to being England to it knees). Although the museum covered his entire lifetime, most of the focus was on the war years. He was a very bull-headed man, and that was probably a very good thing. If he and England had given in during these tough times, or had pandered to Hitler, the world would quite possibly be a very different place today. He and Roosevelt were truly the right men for the job at hand. This was very interesting.

It was afternoon when we finally left Mr. Churchill. We were starving, and way behind schedule, so we walked quickly through Hyde Park and then around Buckingham Palace on our way to Harrod’s.
Position reports in the Map Room.
This took a long time, so it was after 3pm when we finally sat down to an overpriced meal at Harrod’s (delicious artichoke salad for me, very small sandwich for Steve). After lunch, we looked around the enormous department store a bit, but neither of us were in a shopping mood. The short night of sleep was catching up to me, and we were both way too exhausted and sore for anymore sightseeing. We went back to the hotel to enjoy the luxury of English language on the TV, watching back-to-back episodes of Numbers and House on USA 5. Nice to have a taste of home here in London.   

A few of my favorite quotes by Churchill :

When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.

Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.



     
 
keeweeset says:
The Churchill Museum sounds really interesting.
Posted on: Sep 02, 2008
portia says:
smart one, that Churchill! good quotes! Hi from Athens, and have fun south of the equator...
Posted on: Sep 02, 2008
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Steve at the Cabinet War Rooms, a…
250 kilo German bomb.
250 kilo German bomb.
Position reports in the Map Room.
Position reports in the Map Room.
Cabinet War Rooms.
Cabinet War Rooms.
Cabinet room preserved as it was i…
Cabinet room preserved as it was …
I thought he was real at first!
I thought he was real at first!
Typical bedroom in the Cabinet War…
Typical bedroom in the Cabinet Wa…
Working and sleeping in the same r…
Working and sleeping in the same …
Cabinet War Rooms.
Cabinet War Rooms.
Hyde Park.
Hyde Park.
Hyde Park.
Hyde Park.
Me at Hyde Park.
Me at Hyde Park.
View from Hyde Park.
View from Hyde Park.
Enjoying the weekend.
Enjoying the weekend.
Buckingham Palace.
Buckingham Palace.
Palace gates and flowers.
Palace gates and flowers.
Self portrait at Buckingham Palace.
Self portrait at Buckingham Palace.
Missed it!
Missed it!
Place Guard with the famous bear f…
Place Guard with the famous bear …
Buckingham Palace gate.
Buckingham Palace gate.
The line to get in Buckingham Pala…
The line to get in Buckingham Pal…
Fur protesters at Harrods.
Fur protesters at Harrods.
Harrods food vendors.
Harrod's food vendors.
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