Westminster Palace

It's not something I can honestly say I have ever aspired to but when the invitation arrived I was intrigued and found myself in the heart of London on a truly beautiful Summer's afternoon.

On our way in we are met by a rather austere Oliver Cromwell, who, if you know your history, was a controversial figure who rose to power to eventually become Lord Protector of the Commonwealth.

As we make our way inside, I am immediately struck by the Gothic style architecture.

Pointed arches and ribbed vaulting is one of many distinguishing features of Gothic architecture and one I will never tire of personally.

 Nelson Mandela - Westminster Palace

Nelson Mandela - Westminster Palace

Celestial ceilings, large windows, tracery (ornate stonework that holds the windows), carvings and ribs make for a dizzying display of decoration. I felt an almost sensory overload with the amount of imagery my mind tried to process.

By the way, don't make the faux pas I did and sit down in the House of Commons! It is frowned upon ... oops. Hey, I'm an Aussie and we generally aren't impressed by pomp and ceremony.

The guided tour was interesting but the architecture was a marvel and still leaves me in awe...