Maarten Schäfer

We’re crossing the Thames in a black cab, speeding over Westminster Bridge. On our left we see Westminster Palace, the centre of political life in the United Kingdom. The taxi driver turns around and says:

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“Its Clock Tower, known as Big Ben after its main bell, has become the iconic landmark of London… and the United Kingdom in general.”

We take a right on Parliament Street and drive in a northerly direction.

“That’s Trafalgar Square,” the taxi driver says, pointing out the front window. “And up there is the Viscount Nelson, who won the battle of Trafalgar.”

I look out of the window and then turn to the driver, “Could you please hurry, we don’t want to be late.” The cab turns right onto Strand and drives parallel to the Thames eastward, we turn left, then right and pass St. Paul’s Cathedral on our left-hand side.

“The dome is 111 metres…

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