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A Chilly May in London (Part 1)

We spent 15 days in a London which was in the middle of its worst Spring in 6o years! Ethel’s first mission was to buy some gloves! There were some bright patches however, and we made the most of them outdoors–the rest, we spent in the museums and galleries, theatres, concert halls and our favourite Pub,  ‘The Marquis’.

Daughter, Kim, and her daughter, Rebecca travelled down from Scotland and greeted us at our hotel as we arrived from the Queen Mary 2. Rebecca is studying archaeology in Aberdeen University, so it was fortuitous that the British Museum is right around the corner from the hotel we were booked in.

The British Museum was showing two  exhibits of immediate interest. The first: “Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum” for which Kim had pre-arranged  tickets for the sold-out showing and the second: The Ice Age, for which we lined up early the next morning to obtain some of the limited day tickets being made available–we were second in line!

The ‘Pompeii” exhibit was dramatic–no holds barred. I had been to the sites a number of times before in my wanderings, but this compact collection showed items that were not readily seen in Italy.

The trip was a month long (including the round trip Transatlantic voyage) and I gathered so many impressions I would like to share that I will have to make several posts to cover them. Here is the first:

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The wonderfully re-modelled Britsh Museum

The wonderfully re-modelled Britsh Museum

Rebecca

Rebecca

Gentleman of Pompeii--"that's a relief!"  (but the man in front had better watch out for his scarf!

Gentlemen of Pompeii–“That’s a relief!” (but the man in front had better watch out for his scarf!

Sex in the city . . . . . . . .

Sex in the city . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . .. . Herculaneum City that is.

. . . . . . .. . Herculaneum City that is.

Violence in marble!

Violence in marble!

The South Bank at night

The South Bank at night

Rebecca and entertainer on Charing Cross bridge

Rebecca and entertainer on Charing Cross bridge

Newest hot spot on the South Bank

Newest hot spot on the South Bank

Rebecca made notes at every opportunity . . .

Rebecca made notes at every opportunity . . .

Frozen in time. The last instant of a happy Pompeian family

Frozen in time. The last instant of a happy Pompeian family

The hot spot decor . . . . .

The hot spot decor . . . . .

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 Sample of London's mixed architecture

Sample of London’s mixed architecture

At ease on the South Bank

At ease on the South Bank

This is the top of the Colliseum , home of the ENO. In London,too, you have to look up to see the marvellous decoration of the old buildings

This is the top of the Colliseum, home of the ENO. In London,too, you have to look up to see the marvellous decoration of the old buildings

Ethel and me in our favourite pub--'The Marquis"

Ethel and I in our favourite pub–‘The Marquis”

The two Bens--the one without the glasses is the latest. He is already sixt months old and his aunt lucy sent me this picture

The two Bens–the one without the glasses is the latest. He is already six months old and his aunt Lucy sent me this picture

Ben and aunt Lucy

Ben and aunt Lucy

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Our old friend, Ted and his friend Emma travelled in from Kent to see us and take us to lunch. After lunch we strolled around Covent Garden and were mightily entertained by an outrageous busker. But, I will have to leave him for the next post.

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To be continued.

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3 Responses

  1. Greta pictures! Looks like everyone was having a good time. Rebecca you look lovely and Little Ben you are adorable, of course, Big Ben you are as handsome as ever

  2. Susan, I’m blushing!

  3. I LOVE the ‘two Bens’ picture! Handsome fellow indeed – both of you!
    It looks like a wonderful trip, Ben. You should volunteer to write placards for museum displays 🙂

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