Family Time Update

We climbed to the top of St Paul’s Cathedral, which is 528 steps up.  The view was breathtaking, but your time at the top is limited.  As soon as we stepped outside, someone was directly us to keep moving.  I was able to snap a few photos.  By the way, if you climb 528 step up to the top, you have to go down 528 steps.  My legs felt it by the time we were done. Here’s one of the photos I got before we were whisked away.

We are off again for more adventures and  I hope to share some of them when it is all over. I hope all is well with everyone and I’ll be sure to visit your blogs and comments when my family time is over, which will come too soon I fear.  Take care!

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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37 Responses to Family Time Update

  1. T.F.Walsh says:

    Wow…. what a gorgeous view… a shame the sky was a bit overcast.

    • TBM says:

      I felt bad that the day we went up the sky was overcast. It is so hard making plans when the weather is so odd all of the time.

  2. Beth Ann says:

    Beautiful and worth the wobbly feeling in the legs when you were done, I am sure. Have fun!

  3. fgassette says:

    If I walked up that many steps you would have to carry me down or at least let me rest for a couple hours before I went down again.(smile) Love your picture.


  4. I remember climbing those steps in St. Paul’s Cathedral. Some of the stairways were so narrow and tiny… not good for someone who’s claustrophobic (not me) but the view, oh the view is well worth it!!! Love the London Eye in the background. The hubby was too chicken to get on it…

    • TBM says:

      At first the stairs were nice and wide, but as we continued it kept getting narrower and narrower. It was kinda cool, but if you suffer from vertigo or claustrophobia this would not be the place for you. I haven’t been on the Eye yet.

  5. zelmare says:

    Oh, lovely! When we went up in 2004, we could spend as much time there as we wanted. Unfortunately that specific day was so cold, we couldn’t stay up there too long. 🙂

  6. Were you in the whispering gallery? And if you were, did you try it out? It´s very clever!

    • TBM says:

      We were in the whispering gallery but it was so crowded that we didn’t get a chance to see or hear much. I need to go back when it isn’t so crowded…after the Olympics.

  7. Caroline says:

    Great that you are enjoying your time together. Seems the weather is showing its Britishness. 🙂

  8. Fergiemoto says:

    Fabulous shot! Glad you are enjoying time with family!

  9. oh that’s unfortunate. I climbed up to the top of St. Paul’s about 8 years ago now and was up there for about an hour. Splendid view, narrow steep stairs though, eh?

    • TBM says:

      Yes I was amazed how narrow the steps got at the top and curvy. Made me a little dizzy coming down. I wish we had more time up there but there were so many people I understand why they were rushing us. Everyone wanted a chance to see. It made me a little sad but at least I saw it. Maybe I should go back in the winter when it isn’t so crowded and dress warm 🙂

  10. Northern Narratives says:

    Enjoy your family time.

  11. niasunset says:

    Probably I wouldn’t complete these steps… 🙂 Amazing TBM, Thank you, have a nice time with your family, love, nia

  12. Valentina says:

    528 step up to the top, great exercise! Have fun.

  13. pattisj says:

    That time always goes too fast! Thanks for sharing the great photo!

  14. Jo Bryant says:

    Wonderful shot…i would never make it up there…too afraid of falling

    • TBM says:

      If you have a fear of heights, the staircases would be too much. Closer to the top it is more like climbing a ladder, very steep.

  15. aFrankAngle says:

    Thank for working in a post amidst the visitors.

  16. vinnieh says:

    Great photo, I remember going to st paul’s years ago and climbing the multitudes of stairs.

  17. IsobelandCat says:

    I had a private tour once. I do not like heights and was terrified in the Whispering Gallery. Outside I was fine, but I shouldn’t have liked to be rushed.
    Have you climbed the Monument yet?

  18. I thought that was Sydney for a second then! I feel such a sense of achievement after a lot of stairs 🙂 But that is TOO many!

  19. Gilly Gee says:

    I did that climb when i was young – wouldn’t want to now!

  20. Madhu says:

    We tend to forget that every action ahs an equal and opposite reaction 🙂 Great view!

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