Title: Customs of the world, United Kingdom – London.
Instructor: Rick Steves.
Why I chose to take this class:
This class shows us about United Kingdom, mainly about London: the history, pageantry of London and surrounding areas. It is a travel course to explore new lands.
What I learned from this course:
The United Kingdom (UK) or British Isles consist of: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The UK is the eight largest Islands in the world. The eight main land regions which the island of Great Britain are: a) Scottish Highlands, b) The central lowlands, c) The Southern Uplands, d) The Pennies, e) Wales, f)The Southern Peninsula, g) The English lowlands and i) The Northern Ireland makes up the eight regions.
London is the capital of UK – 614 square miles. River Thames flows East through the heart of London, London is one of the world’s oldest and most historic city. It traces its beginning to nearly 2000 years ago. It grew up around two historic cities – The city of London and The city of Westminster. The City of London started as a trading post of the Roman Empire in AD 43. The city of Westminster began as a residence of England’s’ ruler about a 1000 years later. The center of London has tall office buildings, galleries, museums, theaters and beautiful parks. Its famous landmark includes: Buckingham Palace, The house of Parliament and St. Paul Cathedral. Central London can be divided into three main sections: 1) The City, 2) The West End and 3) The South Bank. The City and the West End lie on the Northside of the River Thames. The South Bank lie on the Southside. The City form London’s Financial District. The great dome of the St. Paul’s Cathedral. The West End is the center of UK government, retail trade and night life. UK chief government buildings are in the city of Westminster, the oldest part of the West End. The House of Parliament, 10 Downing Street – the traditional residence of the British Prime Minister, is just next to Whitehall. Buckingham Palace the London residence of the British Monarch is close to Downing Street. London’s main shopping and entertainment districts: Trafalgar square, Whitehall, The Strands, Piccadilly Circus, Bond, Oxford and Regent Street. The area extends East to the Strands and North into Soho, a district of restaurant and night life.
The South Bank has many office buildings, modern cultural center, museums, theaters and art galleries. Other historical visitor’s destinations: a) Palaces – Whitehall Palace, Kensington Palace, and Buckingham Palace. b) House of Parliament in Westminster, The House of Common and the House of Lords, The building is called the Palace of Westminster, a huge bell, the clock and the clock tower known as Big Ben. c) Chapels – St. Paul Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, Chapel of St John in the tower of London and Westminster Cathedral. d) Squares – Trafalgar’s square, Bedford, Berkeley, Grosvenor and Russell squares. e) Park – Are owned by the British Monarch – once formed part of the Royal Estates. Central London ahs five Royal Parks : St James Park, Green Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Regent Park. f) The Tower of London. g) Ceremonies – Buckingham Palace and St James Palace – Most Mornings the Famous changing of the guard ceremony take place at Buckingham Palace.
Tourism – millions of tourists visit London each year. providing goods and services to visitors is one of London’s leading industries.
Transportation – Expressways and underground and surface railway carry commuters between the outlaying areas and central London. The London Subway, which Londoners call the tube or the underground is one of the world’s largest subway systems in the world.
How will this class contribute to my success upon release:
This history and travel classes provide lots of knowledge. General knowledge of other cultures and places expands my knowledge, it will enable me to converse and share information with others who like to travel. The knowledge will be taught to students through my volunteer teaching and mentoring services.