9th August 2018 by emmadurnford

9th August 2018

Well we seem to have had the entire months rains in a few hours. After weeks of no rain at all, it rained solid from the early hours up until about. 6.00pm.

I set off up town just after lunch and headed for Covent Garden and then I had booked a ticket to the Mithraeum exhibition of a Roman Temple discovered in the city. It was fascinating but a little disappointing to find it has been slightly re-sited and there had also been reconstruction.

Afterwards I headed over to St Paul's where I was due to meet my friend Clare at 5.00pm. Unfortunately in true South West train fashion her train was delayed so I walked the wobbly bridge over the Thames to the Tate Modern for a coffee and then back again getting absolutely soaked in a sudden cloudburst. Clare made it in good time and at 6.30 pm we queued for access to St Paul's Cathedral. I have never been inside before and the evening was a special one in that we were allowed to take photographs.

The building is very impressive although I will be honest in that I preferred the old cathedrals in Salamanca. What was truly impressive though was the views from the Stone Gallery outside the dome itself and then I forced my self to climb 4-5 sets of wrought iron spiral staircases up to the Golden Gallery, the highest point accessible to people at the very top of the cathedral's dome. The view was literally dizzying and London looked stunning as the rain storm had cleared all the dust so there ws no haze at all.

A great day despite my wet trousers!

Here are some other images from the day if you have time to view them...

Inside - https://www.facebook.com/pg/EmmaDurnfordPhotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1965098650209473

View outside - https://www.facebook.com/pg/EmmaDurnfordPhotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1965104813542190
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