Londonfahrt der Klassen 8

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English breakfast (not quite, but very close to it)

 

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Hallo nach Hause!

Wir sind gut in London angekommen und genießen das erste „English breakfast“.

Viele Grüße
die Londoner

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Breakfast. The Full English. The Full Monty. A fry-up. Call it what you want, but there are few nations in this world that do breakfast better than the British. Digging into a piping hot fry up is a is an experience that can set you right no matter what situation you may have gotten yourself into. What is included in your fry-up is a matter of taste, as well as region. The following is a breakdown of the fry-up, and the components that are (in my mind, at least) essential—as well as a group of things that are a welcome addition to the party.

The Bare Essentials

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The Meat: Sausage and Bacon

The combination of both bacon and sausage is one of the essential elements to a full fry up. A simple pork sausage (like the banger) is ideal and the type of bacon is up to preference. Streaky bacon (or what you Americans just call bacon) is a common sight in a fry up, but back bacon, made from the cured loin of a pig (and often labeled „Irish Bacon“ in the States) makes a lovely meaty counterpart to the fatty sausage it sits alongside.

Beans

The inclusion of beans may seem cursory, but they are the element of the plate that anchors the meal. Don’t be ashamed to reach for a can of beans—Heinz is the classic. But if you have time on your side, trying out a homemade version of baked beans can make the humble legume shine.

Here are a few recipes to get you started. They won’t have the same sweet, tomato-y vinegary flavor of Heinz, but they’ll do you well.

Tomatoes

Much like the beans, the tomato may seem like an optional garnish; I assure you, it is not. The sweetness and acidity that come from a cooked tomato goes a long way in cutting the fattiness that is inherent in the rest of the plate. The way you prepare your tomato is once again a matter of taste—a stewed tomato will work, but simply cutting a tomato in half and frying it in leftover bacon fat, then finishing it with a bit of cracked black pepper, is a quick and delicious way to go. Many proper fry ups will come with grilled tomato (that’s broiled, for you American English speakers).

Forget The Toast, Bring On The Fried Bread

Fried bread is just what it sounds like—sliced bread toasted in a pan with butter, lard, or bacon drippings. It is important to not underestimate the amount of fat you will need to get a perfectly crisp piece of fried bread—a couple tablespoons per slice is not unheard of. It’s a bit surprising, but absolutely worth it. You only need a slice or two to satisfy the craving; after that, you may find yourself reaching for a plain piece of toast.

The Eggs

Lastly, the egg. Normally two, but sometimes three eggs cooked to your preference. The runny yolk to my mind is essential—it’s the sauce that brings the whole plate together!—although those die-hard scrambled fans will without a doubt disagree with me.

Essential Condiments

Some things that should also be included in the essential section of a fry up guide is a hot strong cup of tea and a bottle of vinegary, brown HP sauce, tomato sauce (aka ketchup), or both. If you have a jar of marmite and some nice marmalade, you may want to put that on the table as well. And you will always need a few pieces of extra toast.

 

 

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Erster Tag: London Classics. Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament mit Big Ben, Covent Garden und vieles mehr. 🙂

Houses of Parliament, London

Houses of Parliament
In the middle of the eleventh century, King Edward the Confessor had moved his court to the Palace of Westminster, situated on a central site near the river Thames. In 1265 a parliament was created with two houses: the Lords and the Commons. The House of Lords met at the Palace of Westminster while the House of Commons did not have a permanent location.After King Henry VIII moved his court to Whitehall Palace in 1530, the House of Lords continued to meet in Westminster. In 1547 the House of Commons also moved here, confirming Westminster as the central seat of government, a position it still holds today.

 

Houses of Parliament seen from London Eye

View from the London Eye

The new Palace of Westminster

In 1834 a fire destroyed the Palace of Westminster, leaving only the Jewel Tower, the crypt and cloister of St. Stephens and Westminster Hall intact. After the fire, a competition was organized to create a new building for the two houses of parliament.
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Am zweiten Tag: vor Madame Toussauds

 

 

Madame Tussaud

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, London

Madame Tussauds

The Beatles in the Wax Museum of Madame Tussauds in London

The Beatles
Marie Tussaud (1761-1850) was born in Strasbourg, France, under the name of Marie Grosholtz. After her father’s death in 1761 she moved with her mother to Paris, where she learned the fine art of sculpting from her mother’s employer, a physician skilled in the art of wax modeling. The doctor, Philippe Curtius, was one of the first to display wax models, opening an exhibition in 1776 called ‚The Cavern of the Great Thieves‘.Young Marie made her first sculpture at the tender age of sixteen, fashioning a likeness of French enlightenment writer, François Voltaire. Word of her talent spread and reached the royal family, who hired Marie as an art tutor.Her relation with the royal family caused her to be thrown in jail when the monarchy was toppled during the French Revolution. To show her allegiance to the new regime, she was forced to search for severed heads in the piles of dead bodies so she could make death masks of those executed by the guillotine.

The Wax Museum

Tiger Woods, Madame Tussauds, London

Tiger Woods

Hitler, London's Wax Museum of Madame Tussaud

Hitler

Marylin Monroe, Madame Tussauds, London

Marylin Monroe
In 1795 Marie married François Tussaud, but she left him in 1802 so she could tour around Britain with her collection of death masks. The gruesome roadshow included the death masks of the French king Louis XVI and his wife Marie-Antoinette. Tussaud’s collection affirmed the disdain of the British audience for France’s bloodthirsty revolutionaries and was a big hit. Marie Tussaud never returned to France.In 1835, after more than thirty years touring the country, she created a permanent exhibit on Baker Street. There was a surcharge for the famous Chamber of Horrors, a separate chamber with the most horrifying displays of criminals and victims of the French Revolution. In the meantime, Marie Tussaud added many likenesses to her collection.In 1884, several decades after her death, Madame Tussaud’s wax museum moved to its current location on London’s Marylebone Road, where millions have stood in queue for hours to get a glimpse at her work and that of her successors.The current museum suffered a fire in 1925 and many statues were lost. However, the molds remained intact and several of the pieces were recreated. Unfortunately hundreds of molds were destroyed during the Blitz at the start of the Second World War. Ironically one of the surviving masks is that of Hitler, which was created in 1933.Today the wax museum is one of London’s busiest attractions and during peak tourist season, it is common to encounter long lines that stretch for blocks. The museum started an overseas expansion in 1970, when it opened a branch location in Amsterdam. Today it has expanded to many more cities including Las Vegas, New York City, Hong Kong, Washington DC and Hollywood.

What You’ll See

King Henry VIII, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, London

King Henry VIII
Tussaud and her successors have fashioned literally thousands of replicas of famous people. Visitors can view world leaders, actors/actresses, sports legends, famous writers and artists, religious figures, musicians, and a host of other characters. Besides those displays there are also several themed sections in the museum including the Chamber of Horrors and an taxi ride for a journey through history. While the London museum has a decidedly British slant, visitors from all over the world will recognize a majority of the characters.

 

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Vor der Tower-Brücke

Tower Bridge, London

Tower Bridge
Plans for the Tower Bridge were devised around 1876 when the east of London became extremely crowded and a bridge across the Thames in that area of the city seemed a necessity. It would take another eight years – and lots of discussions about the design – before construction of the bridge started.The bridge, designed by city architect Horace Jones in collaboration with John Wolfe Barry, would eventually be completed in 1894. Five contractors and nearly 450 workers were involved in the construction of the 265 meter long bridge. It took 11,000 tons of steel to build the framework. At the time many people disliked its Victorian Gothic design, but over time the bridge became one of London’s most famous symbols.

 

 

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In Brighton: zwei ungewöhnliche Badenixen

 

 

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Ausflug an die Küste zum Seebad Brighton. Bei gutem Wetter genießen wir entspannende Stunden am Meer, auf dem Pier und in der reizvollen Innenstadt.

There’s nothing quite like a bracing walk along the prom or a stroll out to sea on the Brighton Pier to clear heads and revive appetites! On a wild and wintry day it’s an exhilarating experience. If you’d rather ride, take the Volk’s Electric Railway, England’s oldest, along Madeira Drive to Brighton Marina, admiring the fine Regency terraces as you go.

Experience all the thrills of traditional and modern rides on the pier – there’s a wonderful atmosphere at dusk when the sun goes down and the lights come on.

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 Der fünfte Tag: Auf dem Weg zum Westminster Abbey in der Underground und ein kurzer Moment in der warmen Sonne vor Westminster.

 

 

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In der U-Bahn

Tips for Tube Travellers

Travelling around London on the Tube? Here are some other useful tips that will make your journey more enjoyable and efficient:

  • Avoid travelling during rush hours (weekdays, 7-9am and 5.30-7pm) if at all possible
  • Check the front of the train for the correct destination
  • Stand on the right when using escalators
  • Wait for passengers to leave the train before boarding
  • Move down inside the Tube carriages while travelling, so you don’t block the doorways for other passengers
  • Stand behind the yellow line whilst waiting for the train on the platform
  • Offer your seat to anyone who is unwell, elderly, pregnant or travelling with small children
  • Hold onto the rails if you are standing during your journey
  • Mind the gap!

 

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Vor der Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey, located near the Houses of Parliament, is more a historical site than a religious site. Since 1066 every royal coronation, with the exception of Edward V and Edward VIII has taken place in this church.

Burial Ground

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey
The abbey also serves as the burial ground for numerous politicians, sovereigns and artists. The abbey is stuffed with tombs, statues and monuments. Many coffins even stand upright due to the lack of space. In total approximately 3300 people are buried in the church and cloisters. Some of the most famous are Charles Darwin, Sir Isaac Newton and David Livingstone.

History

A church stood here already in the eight century but the history of the current abbey starts in 1050, when King Edward The Confessor decided to build a monastery. Only a small part of this Norman monastery, consecrated in 1065, survived. The only representation of this original building is shown on the Bayeux Tapestry.Most of the present building dates from 1245 to 1272 when Henry III decided to rebuild the abbey in the Gothic style. The building was later significantly expanded: the Chapel of Henry VII was added between 1503 and 1512, while the two West Front Towers date from 1745. The youngest part of the abbey is the North entrance, completed in the nineteenth century.

Westminster Abbey Plan

 

 

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Drei prominente Persönlichkeiten in Mayfair

 

 

Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill bronze statues, sitting on a bench in Mayfair, London.

Bronze statues of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill sitting ‚talking‘ together on a bench in Mayfair (where Old Bond Street meets New Bond Street). This statue is called ‚Allies‘ and was a gift from the Bond Street Association (the shops and businesses of Bond Street) to the City of Westminster to commemorate 50 years of peace. Lawrence Holofcener, a sculptor with dual nationality created this landmark and it was unveiled on 2 May 1995 by Princess Margaret.

This is a fun photo opportunity as there’s enough room to squeeze yourself between these iconic gentlemen and join in their conversation!

 

 

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London Eye

A modern but already very popular tourist attraction is the London Eye, a giant observation wheel located in the Jubilee Gardens on the South Bank. The 135 meter (443ft) tall structure was built as part of London’s millennium celebrations.

London Eye, London

London Eye

A Landmark for the new Millennium

The structure was designed by the architectural team of David Marks and Julia Barfield, husband and wife. They submitted their idea for a large observation wheel as part of a competition to design a landmark for the new millennium.
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London Eye

The futuristic looking capsules, accommodating up to twenty-five passengers, were transported all the way from France by train through the chunnel. Each egg-shaped capsule is eight meters long and weighs five hundred kilograms. The twenty-five meter (82 ft) long spindle was built in the Czech Republic. The rim has a diameter of 122m (400ft), about two hundred times the size of a bicycle wheel. Eighty spokes connect the rim with the spindle. Construction of the observation wheel took more than a year and a half to complete. In the process over 1700 tonnes of steel were used for the structure and more than 3000 tonnes

Side view of the London Eye

of concrete were used for the foundations.

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London Eye

The observation wheel turns slow enough for people to embark while it is moving. A complete turn takes about thirty minutes. Thanks to the construction of the glass capsules on the outer side of the rim,

London Eye Capsule

the passengers have a great 360 degree view over London.

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London Eye

Make sure you get your tickets in advance, lines can be very long, both the lines for embarking and for ticket purchases. It’s less crowded at night when the views are even more spectacular.

 

London seen from the London Eye

London seen from the London Eye

 

 

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Vor dem London Eye

 

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Vor dem London Eye bei Nacht

 

 

Letzter Tag und Rückkehr aus London

 

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Harrods

The store was opened in 1849 by Charles Henry Harrod as an expansion of his humble East End grocery and tea business. Today, it is one of the most distinguished names

in the world.

Seven floors and 330 departments showcase the best of luxury merchandise, from high-end fashion and accessories to the finest homewares and the latest technology. There are 28 restaurants in-store; we continue to enhance our portfolio with Galvin Demoiselle, Bentley’s Sea Grill, and the institution that is The Georgian.

Customers enjoy a wealth of exclusive services, such as By Appointment Personal Shopping and The Penthouse, a private suite dedicated to unsurpassed bespoke service in a beautiful environment.

Virtual tour:

http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/place/282605-harrods

 

 

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St. Pauls Cathedral

The current Cathedral – the fourth to occupy this site – was designed by the court architect Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1675 and 1710 after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London.

In the crypt are effigies and fragments of stone that pre-date the Cathedral, relics of a medieval world. From Wren’s original vision, Jean Tijou’s beautiful wrought iron gates of 1700 still separate the quire from the ambulatory; children still test the acoustics in the Whispering Gallery; and the 1695 organ which Mendelssohn once played is still in use.

The funerals of Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Sir Winston Churchill have taken place here and the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, to Lady Diana Spencer.

Today, St Paul’s is still a busy, working church where millions come to worship.


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 Rückfahrt nach Bad Buchau

Hallo, unser Tagesprogramm hat um 7 Uhr mit Gepäckeinladen begonnen. Dann gemütliches Frühstücken und los gings…

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Liebe Buchauer, wir fahren gerade durchs Kinzigtal und werden demnächst die Höhen des Schwarzwalds erklimmen. Müde aber zufrieden, bis bald

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quellen:

Bilder von Joachim Utz, Martina Perkounigg und Regina Maier

Texte aus dem Internet:

http://www.seriouseats.com/2012/08/guide-to-a-fry-up-full-british-breakfast-what-is-in-ingredients.html

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