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Must-See Sights in London

Aug 14, 2013

One of the world's most famous cities, London, England truly does have something for everyone. From the glam West End theaters to Buckingham Palace and the tallest building in Europe (the newly built Shard), it's a modern city that's steeped with tradition, history and culture. Last year the city hosted the Summer Olympics and this year a certain Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton gave birth to the newly christened Prince George. There is always something happening in Londontown so you never need any excuse to start planning a trip to visit this super cool city!  Check out our picks for the top must-see sights in London - the only question is where to start! 

Buckingham Palace 

If you fancy a spot of afternoon tea with the Queen, there is no better place to imagine this scenario than at Buckingham Palace. Stand outside the gates and watch the changing of the guards happening everyday at 11:30 am or have a look inside during the summer months when the Queen goes to stay at her summer house and the palace is open to the public in July and August. 

Buckingham Palace GuardsBuckingham Palace GuardsCourtesy of Royalcollection.com

The Shard 

A new addition to London's skyline, the Shard is the tallest building in Europe standing at 1,020 feet (310 meters) high, the glass pyramid-shaped tower boasts 72 floors with a viewing gallery and an open-air observation deck - needless to say the view is breathtaking! 

The Shard - the tallest building in the European Union!The Shard - the tallest building in the European Union!Courtesy of Yahoo

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament

Visit the impressive and historical Parliament buildings on the banks of the River Thames and get a photo taken with one of the world's most famous clocks - the Big Ben. Close-up, the buildings are spectacular to behold and really give you a sense of London's long and illustrious history. 

Big Ben and Houses of ParliamentBig Ben and Houses of ParliamentCourtesy of Yahoo

St. Paul's Cathedral 

An absolute must-see, the grand St. Paul's Cathedral with its world famous dome is a classic London landmark and a distinctive part of the city's famous skyline. Perfect for photo opportunities. 

The famous St.Paul's CathedralThe famous St.Paul's CathedralCourtesy of Insightguides.com

Tower Of London

Once used as a prison and the site of a beheading of Anne Boleyn, the Tower of London is London site that has a million stories to tell. Built by William the Conqueror in the 1080s, it stands today in the middle of a modern metropolis and holds the Crown Jewels. Exciting stuff!

Tower of LondonTower of LondonCourtesy of Yahoo

Harrods Department Store

One of the most famous department stores in the world, the sight of Harrods lit up at night is a London experience that isn't to be missed. The place where the Royal Family shop, the glitz and glamour of this swanky shop, have a look at the impressive Food Hall and check out the memorial to Princess Diana. You won't be able to resist nabbing one of the cute Harrods teddy bear key rings. 

Beautifully lit up at night.Beautifully lit up at night.Courtesy of Harrods

London Eye

Enjoy spectacular views of London when you take a spin on the famous London Eye. Book online to get a discount and save waiting in the long line-ups at this popular attraction. Sit back and enjoy the view!

Spectacular view of the city from the London EyeSpectacular view of the city from the London EyeCourtesy of London Eye

Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour

The amazing special effects, fantastical creatures and stories have made the Harry Potter series beloved by both young and old. For the first time ever, the doors are open to everyone at the studio where it first began. Go behind-the-scenes and see the things that the camera never showed. From the original sets to the costumes, props and animatronics, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is a must-see for Harry Potter fans! 

Harry Potter World - a must for fans!Harry Potter World - a must for fans!Courtesy of Warner Bros.

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I’d like to commend my opponent for his formidable response. I will begin by defending the arguments I made in favor of a global flood, and will then respond to the arguments my opponent made that deny such a flood ever occurring. My friend was not persuaded by my first piece of evidence, being the separate accounts of a similar flood story from different cultures around the world. He claims that this evidence no more proves the flood to be true than any other myth. He says by my reasoning, the abundance of myths that involve multiple deities should therefore be proof of polytheism, or multiple accounts of dangerous man-killing creatures should suggest that such monsters really exist (or existed.) However, this argument is faulty. My friend is confusing general similarities with specific similarities. To say the stories of the Greek gods are similar to the stories of the Egyptian gods, would only be true in the sense that both collections of stories are polytheistic. When you get down to the finer details of the stories, there is little resemblance to be found. Now consider the condensed story of the flood from East Africa: “Tumbainot, a righteous man, had a wife named Naipande and three sons. [...] When his brother Lengerni died, Tumbainot, according to custom, married the widow Nahaba-logunja, who bore him three more sons. […] The world was heavily populated in those days, but the people were sinful and not mindful of God. […] At this, God resolved to destroy mankind, except Tumbainot found grace in His eyes. God commanded Tumbainot to build an ark of wood and enter it with his two wives, six sons and their wives, and some of animals of every sort. When they were all aboard and provisioned, God caused a great long rain which caused a flood, and all other men and beasts drowned. The ark drifted for a long time, and provisions began to run low. The rain finally stopped, and Tumbainot let loose a dove to ascertain the state of the flood. The dove returned tired, so Tumbainot knew it had found no place to rest. Several days later, he loosed a vulture, but first he attached an arrow to one of its tail feathers so that, if the bird landed, the arrow would hook on something and be lost. The vulture returned that evening without the arrow, so Tumbainot reasoned that it must have landed on carrion, and that the flood was receding. When the water ran away, the ark grounded on the steppe, and its occupants disembarked. Tumbainot saw four rainbows, one in each quarter of the sky, signifying that God's wrath was over.” This account has more in common with the story of Noah’s flood than simply a boat and some water. The figure Tumbainot was deemed a righteous man, as Noah was. The people of the day were sinful and not mindful of God, as in the days of Noah. God then resolved to destroy all of life, as in accord with the biblical account. Tumbainot and his family were spared on an ark, with animals of every kind, as Noah and his family were spared on an ark with animals of every kind. All other men and animals drown in both accounts. Tumbainot released a dove to check on the status of the flood, as Noah did. Finally, in both accounts, the rainbow is seen after the disaster, signifying the end of God’s wrath. And this is not the only story like this! It would be ludicrous to say all these stories have in common is a boat and a guy and a flood. My friend stated that the argument from mythical abundance doesn’t prove a myth. I agree; but the fact is, the myth of the flood is not only abundant, but we find accounts across the world that are immensely similar in detail. Let’s move on! AlphaT dedicated several paragraphs to refuting the point I made on the Little Grand Canyon. He made three arguments on this point. Number one, he says that the canyon carved into loose volcanic ash and sediment is not the same as the canyon carved into limestone. Secondly, he argues that the amount of energy it took to carve a relatively small canyon is massive, and the amount of energy it would have taken for the flood to carve the Grand Canyon would have had to have been even greater. Finally he claims that this energy would have raised the flood waters to unbelievable temperatures, effectively boiling Noah and the animals to death. These three arguments can be refuted quite easily, by a better piece of evidence that proves my point. In Eastern Washington State, there is a canyon that was eroded through solid basalt by Lake Missoula floods in 1-2 days. This canyon is 300 to 500 feet deep. This refutes his argument that it would take “an inconceivable amount of energy” to create all the canyons in the world in such a short time as I have proposed. Since that energy is not needed, there is no reason to believe the flood waters would have reached deadly temperatures. It also does away with the notion that it takes millions of years for canyons to form, even if it doesn’t prove that they were formed by the flood. I will return to this point with evidence that the canyon was formed by flood waters later. We move on to the point I made on radiometric dating. As my friend pointed out, this isn’t evidence for a global flood. It does however have bearing on the argument, for if the rock layers can be accurately dated to be millions of years old… well then they can’t be only 4,600 years old can they? However, this is somewhat beside the point. I will make note, that Salt Lake Crater in Oahu was determined to be 92 to 147 million years old, 140 to 680 million years old, 930 to 1,580 million years old, and 1,230 to 1,960 million years old, using several different radiometric dating methods. Point number four, the fossil record being out of order. My opponent says, “A global flood is no more likely given that the proposed fossilization map we would expect in evolutionary theory is false.” True, but this piece of evidence certainly carries weight. Supposing rock layers were laid down one after another over millions of years, (which, I take it, you believe they were,) we shouldn’t expect to find huge areas where (according to the evolutionary model of life) the deposited fossils are entirely out of order; upside down, in fact. I proposed a theory as to why we find the fossil layers in the order we do here, while my friend has not. I’m going to have to stop at transcontinental rock layers, (aww, just as we were getting to the meat of it,) as I’m out of time for now. I must apologize for stopping short of a full rebuttal here. Writing all this takes time, and I’m dealing with some other things in life right now that require my immediate attention, so I must ask for your patience as I finish the other half. I thought rather than make my opponent wait for the whole thing I’d present what I have done so he can begin working on that. I simply don’t have the time right now to finish. Hopefully the rest should be done within a few days. Again, sorry for the wait.
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