I had an unexpected experience this afternoon that reminded me of many previous and similar ones. I had planned to visit Westminster Abbey for the umpteenth time. It has always struck me as a museum, but as a medieval historian that's not bad. However, as I got there near 3 it was only open for services. I hurriedly put away my camera, agreed when told I must stay at least an hour, and went in. I have to say it was my best experience of Westminster Abbey by far, even though I'm Catholic. I've done the same elsewhere -- Christmas in Notre-Dame in Paris; Pentecost in the Duomo in Florence, etc. And I have always gone (when possible) to services in synagogues and mosques that are very old historical buildings. I certainly feel the religious atmosphere in all, but there's a wonderful aspect to tourism that revolves around mostly just sitting in such a place and taking it in. In the Abbey I was facing the north transept rose window, which was beautiful. And the chorale was amazing.