TRIP TO LONDON NOVEMBER 9 - 20 2006
Sarah and I took a trip to Rochester to look about and admire the cathedral there. That cathedral is known to have been the model for the cathedral in Dicken's last and unfinished novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. It is truly a wonderful and ancient cathedral that retains most of its original charm. I had not realized though how closely the rest of Rochester was tied up in Dicken's life and work. Gad's Hill Place, his final home is nearby and many buildings in Rochester were used in his stories.
Sarah on the trainthe red poppies are for remembrance day November 11 to honor the war dead
remembrance day activities at Rochester Cathedral
this is the oldest tiled floor in Britain, strange to tread in ancient ways
Rochester high street, the gentleman is advertising Victorian costumes in preparation for the Dickens Festival
this inn featured in Pickwick Papers as The Bull and in Great Expectations as the Blue Boar
this is Greathouse and was the model for Satis House in Great Expectations. There is some speculation that it was also inspiring some house in The Mystery of Edwin Drood as Dickens was seen standing just where I am in this photo two days before his death studying the house
This swiss chalet was a gift to Dickens and was shipped to him in hundreds of pieces from Switzerland. He had it erected across the road from Gad's Hill Place and wrote in it until his death. It now stands in this small courtyard in Rochester.
another fantastic old house, now an art galleryanother great old church
Sarah and I do some shopping and I go to Harrods for the first time. I fell in love with the Egyptian Escalator, what a piece of total kitsch. An opera singer was serenading us from one of the upper balconies. It was in full decor for Christmas.
ceiling over Egyptian escalator
perhaps one of the best pastry shop windows evera lovely autumn tree on Sarah's street
we have tea at the Museum of Natural History Skating Rink, there are 5 rinks up in the city for the holidays
Sarah takes me to the oldest wine vaults in London where I enjoy a couple of glasses of nice port
Sarah's kittypoppy wreaths placed by the transport system
Grace joins us!
we share a bottle of Veuve at Harvey Nicholls in honor of Ab Fab
and a more reasonably priced bottle of same at home with Sarah
Grace and I go out to do some shopping and meet Ian!!
Liberty's a very beautiful but very expensive department store
Ian and Beth!! Yes I'm in the right pub this time. We enjoyed a meal, then went to HMV for dvd shopping. It was really lovely to meet Ian at last and I look forward to seeing him again. Hopefully for the TR convention!
Grace...gracing the pubwe had a restorative coffee at Paper Chase that featured the most poorly designed bathroom ever, you had to be a body builder to push the button for the water in the sink
then we all headed to Kentish Town to have a drink and dinner with George
out for a drink with Stephanie
yeah I'm ready can we GO?new incredibly cheap boots, yay!
out running around with Grace
I love London skies
even the pigeons drink Starbucks in London
Shiva was following me this day, I ran into three unexpected representations of him including this
I always get the impression from this building that an alien landed and birthed a huge egg on London
what I enjoyed at the Design Museum
the original costumes from Equussome great movie posters
some meringues in the cafeand these words from Leonardo Da Vinci
Grace and I head out for an evening with Stephanie and Marcus
Grace leaves, Joey and Andrew arrive and we meet up for a celebratory luncheon at the Vera Cruz
....and then, Andrew Joey and I attend Chichime's 7th birthday party at Mass in the crypt of a church in Brixton, WHAT a fun party, we stayed until the lights went on and the music was no more
pre party champers
a few pics from Chichime courtesy of Andrew
post party sleepies, somehow Joey got the couch Oh God the light the horrible sunlight
later on we enjoy delivered Indian food from...the Delhi Deli...ahah..hahah..ahahhaa
on Monday I take Joey and Andrew to Camden Town and to Cyberdog and we enjoy lunch at a Japanese restaurant
people just fall apart
Sarah tells kitty to tell auntie Beth goodbye
Another lovely London adventure. Until next time...