Actual date of this event: 1 February
Way back, like nine months ago, I was interested in taking a tour of the Palace of Westminster (the official name of the Parliament building). The building is spectacular, so my thought was the inside must be pretty cool, too. At that time, we would have needed to book really far in advance because all decent times were booked. Luke and I had just moved to London and were way too overwhelmed with London in general to think that far ahead. So, fast forward to just a few weeks ago, when Selena at Oh, the places we will go! posted her experience of touring the Houses of Parliament, which planted that nine month old idea back into my head. (Thanks, Selena!!)
click here for an example from 2007 - just imagine people arguing with our President like this, hah!)
Luke and I both found the tour very interesting as it went through some details of how the government came to be as it is today, and of course, what the rooms are used for. Although, we really enjoyed it, I am not quite sure that a visitor to the UK would enjoy it as much. This is just my opinion, but I liked learning about where I live, and I am not sure a tourist would feel the same. I could totally be wrong about that though! (Click here to take an Online Tour of the Houses of Parliament)
Houses of Parliament Non-UK Resident Tour
During the construction of the Jubilee underground tunnels (which run underneath Big Ben), the Elizabeth Tower leaned approximately 35mm. It apparently has shifted 0.9mm each year since 2003 and is now visible to the naked eye.