Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Some New Friends

On Sunday, Steph, Lizzie and I took a train out to Cambridge to take a look around. It was a perfect day, sunny and bright.  Some of the pictures I've posted are from that visit. We walked around the University Colleges which were mostly closed. We went to Kettle's Yard and spent time walking through the house and gallery. The art collection is amazing. You could spend hours at the house enjoying the library and art.  

Later that evening we went to dinner at Jane Valente's home just outside of Cambridge on the river Cam. I can't begin to say how warm and welcoming Jane and her husband James were. The evening's entertainment was provided by our new friend Edward, Eddie to his friends. I can't describe this 10 year old except to say he had us all laughing and answering questions all evening. Here is an example of something Eddie and his sister Lucy put together recently.

The Ed Show: 11 Year Old Cooking Pro making Chocolate and Blueberry Muffins

Yesterday we spent the day in London exploring and shopping. Lizzie directed me to some wonderful book stores on Charring Cross Road. Books from many eras and genres are available in the shops. I made a few purchases and was particularly delighted to find the Pat Barker Regeneration trilogy.

This morning we got up and went to Westminster Abbey. It was one of the few famous London sites I was keen to visit. We arrived right at 9:30 when it opened and there was no line at all.  The abbey is even more spectacular in person than in film or photos. 

I have poor internet connection here so uploading photos has become challenging. This trip has been so full of fun and interesting experiences. I'll have lots of good stories to tell for a long time to come. The next couple of days will only add to the store of adventures and fun. Steph, Lizzie, Jay and Jim have been wonderful guides and travel companions here in London. We've had a lot of laughs and been to new places together. Neither Steph nor I would have ever considered that we would travel together like this when we were growing up in McKeesport, PA. How lucky are we?

Monday, August 27, 2012

Bank Holiday London

Sorry, I know it's been days since I posted.  Steph has kept me jumping since she met me at my train in King's Cross Train Station Saturday afternoon. I'll just put up a few pictures now and caption them later.

Yesterday was a wonderful day with breakfast in the park in the quaint village of Pinner, then off to Cambridge for a walk around and dinner with friends. Today we took a bus tour through London in the rain then it cleared up enough for a walk through Hyde Park and the Kensington Gardens. Really lovely.

Liz is taking me book shopping tomorrow. That will be delightful.

Laurie and Steph in Harrow

King's College Cambridge
The Round Church Cambridge

Big Ben London

The London Eye in the Rain

The Tower of London from the Red Bus

Kensington Gardens

Steph and Lizzie at the pub