Oooooh, I am loving reading your's and Ferrett's entries. I recently went to London for the first time in April, and I'm vicariously reliving it through your posts.
I can't wait to hear about the rest of your travels!
"It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents—except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.”
I didn't know that Bulwer-Lytton was buried at Westminster. Dang, I could've looked for it while I was there. But my friend and I just went for Evensong, so we didn't bother browsing the graves.
Good to hear you're having a good time in London! It's an amazing place. I spent ten days there in January and I doubt I saw everything there is to see there--must go back, someday.
oh, goddesses, enjoy! I'm a little bit jealous that I'm not you at this moment, but I know I will go back again.
oh, and don't worry if you don't do all the classic touristy bits. Your trip will be fabulous on small _or_ large scale. I hope you both get a chance to get into the North, like to York or Chester or Edinburgh.
And do keep sharing with details and wonderful (or other) times.
thanks for writing in detail...
We're going up to Leeds in the Lake Country. I will share when I'm able, but our internet time is limited because we are so busy! We're having a wonderful time!
2006-08-03 05:39 pm (UTC)
Glad you're having fun! Sounds like a blast! You're reminding me of the first time I went to New York after a lifetime of reading EL Konigsburg, Mary Rodgers, Norma Klein, Susan Isaacs, Madeleine L'Engle, Lawrence Block, & so on. Nothing like re-reading From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
the week before you tour the Met
for the first time... :)
And yes, after the Famous Five books, Narnia, other CS Lewis, plenty of biographies & romances, CC Benison's murders set in the Queen's palaces, and Dorothy Sayers, the only thing keeping me from England is not wanting to deal with smoke everywhere....
2006-08-03 05:41 pm (UTC)
was playing "The Street Where You Live" while I was reading that.
From my desk at work I can see the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye (among many other places!)
I hadn't spotted you'd be over or I'd have offered either a few of my favourite places to visit, or to buy you lunch while you were here.
Have a great time, and if you get stuck, need advice or whatever, you can call me on 0776 990 3675, or email me chris (at) magician.co.uk
2006-08-03 08:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Welcome to England!
Aw, thanks so much. We're crazy busy, but we want to come back! Loving it here.
Thanks for checking in. We miss you. Have a marvelous time. You deserve it!
I adore London :) I'm so grateful that growing up in Spain, Englad was just a hop away.
It truly is a lovely city...mmmm. As touristy as this sounds, try to fit the Tower of London in there. Reading all the graffiti left behind by those who were captured there is so creepy :)
err, that would be a EnglaNd. Or En is very glad.
Believe me, my typos are appalling. No worries!
Tower of London is reserved for next week when we are touring with nuala
. We're trying to hit the big ones!
Now, for the first time, my body is visiting where my brain has often lived.
Helene Hanff (author of 84 Charing Cross Road, Underfoot in Show Business and a bunch of other lovely, lovely books) told a British friend that she was looking for the London of Dickens and A Little Princess, and he said "Then, it's there."
I felt the same. At 23, I was looking for A Little Princess, a little history, some music that I couldn't find in America, shopgirls that called me "luv," a bit of leftover Carnaby Street Swinging London and...it was there.
I have turned more corners and found Dickens here and there. It's brilliant!
Actually, this is Gini. I'm on Ferrett's computer....
And now this is Ferrett on Gini's account.
Isn't life strange?
2006-08-03 07:10 pm (UTC)
Eagerly Awaiting the Next Installment of your Travelogue!!
Glad you're enjoying it over there! You deserve it!
As for Westminster Abbey, the place is a freaking ZOO this time of year. It's much more enjoyable off-season, when all the tourists go home.
My great-grandparents (my mother's paternal grandparents) lived in Grosvenor Square. ;-)
It was hard to come home. I really did love it over there. I think I loved Bavaria even more, because they have a real sense of living with the land and a conservation ethic. (Germany now imports garbage to burn in its incinerators because it does not generate enough of its own to run them efficiently!)
Of course, the rotting refrigerator did not help the homecoming any.
I was in England last summer as well as twice when i was a child. I love it there I cannot wait to return next winter.
Thanks for you and Ferrett taking the time to share your unique take on London, etc. I may never get there, but reading about it is so enjoyable! We are also getting posts from my son's girlfriend, who is in Japan for four more days!
Oh, it sounds absolutely wonderful. I envy you. Hope the rest of your trip rocks as well.:)
Unsurprisingly it's the little things that make you realize you are in a differnt counrty, such as perfectly lovely shops being located down twisty dark alleys. When you are walking down the sidewalk be sure to keep peaking in to alleys, you'll find the greatest little places.
Also, eat lots of Cadbury's chocolate.
2006-08-04 01:48 pm (UTC)
If you want an interesting Westminster experience, go back for a service. You can get in free if you choose to worship with them, and hearing the choir in the...quire (I think that's how it's spelled) is gorgeous. You get to look around at certain parts. It's a good time. :) But I went after walking all day and fell asleep in the Church. That I do not reccommend.
This is so cool for you guys! Have a blast.