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【异域风光】当你到伦敦观光时
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【异域风光】

当你到伦敦观光时

When You Are a Visitor to London

■山东  刘永科

   

本文选自作者《风情英语系列之2——看世界名胜学英语》(南海出版公司)

《英语阅读大观》(第一部 异域风光)参见:http://www.yygrammar.com/Article/201307/3380.html

London has more than nine million visitors every year. They come and visit some of the most famous places in England: Big Ben, the Tower of London and the River Thames.

You can see some of the most interesting places in the city by getting on one of London's tour buses. It has an open roof and let you off at the places you want to visit. Or you can take a ride on the London Eye. This large wheel slowly takes you 135m above the River Thames. From the top you have wonderful views of the whole city.

The River Thames is London's main waterway. It has shaped the capital's landscape, history and geography. So one of the best ways to make sense of the city is to take a trip along the river. Much of the riverbank can now be walked along, particularly the south bank.

The clock tower of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, has become one of the main symbols of London. It rises up nearly 100m to a golden point above the clock and a 13 ton bell. The sound of the bell, which you can hear at the beginning of many television and radio programmes, has become well-known throughout the nation.

No visit to London is complete without a look at the Tower of London, in the eastern part of the city. After Big Ben, the Tower may be London's most visited tourist spot. It is Europe's oldest palace and prison. Directly south is the Tower Bridge, which is more than 100 years old. Some visitors sometimes confuse the names of the Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.

Among all the palaces in London, Buckingham Palace is the most famous. It has been the main London home of the royal family since Queen Victoria moved there in 1837. You can visit some of the rooms in August and September. And most mornings of the year you can watch the soldiers outside standing guard.

About one hour by train out of London is the town of Windsor. Here you can visit another of the Queen's homes---Windsor Castle. This wonderful building is Europe's biggest castle. There was a fire in 1992 and many of the rooms were badly burned. But now they are full of beautiful pictures, tables and chairs again.

Sight-seeing in London is great, but it can get very tiring. So, the best way to start the day is to fill up on an English breakfast.

For starters, have an egg, bacon, sausages, tomatoes, mushrooms, black pudding and fried bread. Then finish off with toast and jam, and a large pot of tea. You can buy an English breakfast in nearly every hotel, and at many restaurants and cafes.

An English pub is a good place to stop for lunch and a drink. You can get hot or cold food and try one of England's many ales.

The English also like to have afternoon tea. This is toast and jam, or cake and another pot of tea. Fish and chips are also a traditional English meal. So look out for fish and chip shops in cities as well as by the sea.

Or you can sit outside one of the many roadside pubs and cafes in London, and simply watch the busy world go by.

Comprehension Questions

1. Which of the following is not suggested as one of the best ways to make sense of London?

A. Taking a trip along the Thames.                  B. Subway.

C. Tour buses.                                              D. London Eye.

2. according to the passage, which place may be London's most visited tourist spot?

A. Buckingham Palace.                                   B. The Tower Bridge.

C. Big Ben.                                                   D. The River Thames.

3. If you go to London in December, you will not be able to _________.

A. tour the city along the River Thames.

B. visit Windsor Castle

C. watch the soldiers outside the Buckingham Palace changing guards

D. tour around the Buckingham Palace

4. Which of the following places was once used as a prison?

A. St. Paul's Cathedral.                                   B. the Tower Bridge.

C. Buckingham Palace.                                   D. the Tower of London.

  (1.B 2.C 3.D 4.D)

 

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