We visited England and Scotland on our way back to China from the USA in June of 2004
We spent one chilly June day in London, touring the city by
bus and boat. This is Westminster--the Houses of Parliament, and the Tower
of Big Ben.
One of London's
most famous addresses is 221B Baker Street, the home of the fictional
super detective: Sherlock Holmes. (click for
Holy Trinity Church (near the Coventry Cathedral), you can find this huge,
beautiful window. Although we have seen scores of stained-glass windows,
Michael says this one has been his favorite for many years. It shows both
angels and noted leaders from throughout history worshipping the risen
Savior of Mankind: Jesus Christ. The central figures (Jesus above, and his
mother Mary below) are life-sized, so this tiny photo hardly does it
We thought our
students would like to see a typical British neighborhood. Michael spent a
lot of time on this street while working in Coventry (1981-82).
One of the highlights of our trip was Michael's reunion
with many dear friends in Coventry. It's hard to believe that many of the
children he used to teach and play with now have kids of their own!
During World War
II, Coventry's historic cathedral was burned in a German bombing raid (you
see the shell on the left). After the war, a new cathedral was built next
to it, in part with the help of people from Germany. Thus, the church has
come to symbolize reconciliation. The center photo shows a famous plaque
in the old cathedral shell, containing a beautiful prayer for
forgiveness from the Heavenly Father. On the right you can see another
famous Cathedral: St. Paul's in London (which miraculously survived WWII).