Photographer's Note

When you plan a trip to Europe, no matter how much time you give yourself, there is never enough time to see it all. Especially when you plan to see England, Wales, and Scotland in a mere 11 days like we did. I had to cut out a lot of planned destinations throughout our trip, but I did have a few non-negotiables. Evensong at Westminster Abbey was one of them.

I grew up singing, and sang in high school choir and in college a bit. I've always loved English choirs such as the Cambridge Singers, King's Singers, King's College Choir, Choir of Clare College--basically any choir out of Cambridge. :) So evensong was a must.

Evensong is a nightly tradition in the Church of England. It consists of one or two choral pieces, verses and responses sung/chanted by a cantor and repeated by the choir, a reading from the Bible, and several prayers. The service lasts just under an hour and is a wonderful way of experiencing an English cathedral or church. It's also a cheap way of experiencing an English cathedral or church. It would have cost us £12 a piece if we had gone to Westminster Abbey during visiting hours, but it was free to attend evensong. Granted, you aren't free to walk around anywhere in the Abbey, but you are free to admire the beautiful architecture during the service. Other than York Minster, I think Westminster Abbey was the prettiest church we saw. And the service was heavenly.

After the service, we toured the cloisters (also free of charge, and open until 6:00 pm). We came out into a courtyard surrounded by abbey buildings. I wanted a bit of a different perspective from the standard Westminster Abbey shot, and I liked the ivy on the walls. Who wouldn't?

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