Saturday, June 20, 2015

Day 5: our anniversary!

Thursday was our 32nd anniversary!  We ended up going to places that involved some of my heroes.

First a stop at Kensington Gardens to see the Peter Pan statue.



Then to


Abbey Road!!!


It cracked me up how everyone had to take a pic at the zebra crossing, crossing the road.  Of course, we did too.



Then to lunch at the Lamb.


It is reputed to have been the favorite pub of Charles Dickens, among others.


Then off to the Charles Dickens Museum, where I took way too many pictures.



This was his home in his younger days, when he was first famous.  I will show just a few pictures.


Note the sampler and the needlework box.


The young Dickens and his wife Catherine.


The kitchen.


Dickens' study.


A lock of the author's hair after his death.


The nursery.


Items from the blacking factory where Dickens was forced to work as a child when his father was imprisoned for debt.  (All of this is fascinating to me, a huge Dickens fan.)


The table from the chalet at Gad's Hill Place upon which Dickens wrote his last words.  I would love to go to Gad's Hill Place someday.


I need this book!  It's from a series published by Penguin Books with specially designed covers for each.

After this, we walked over to the British Library


to see the Magna Carta exhibition.


And also to go to the Sir John Ritblat Gallery where we saw many treasures, including pieces from the Beatles (lyrics), Handel, Beethoven, Mozart, da Vinci, Shakespeare, etc -- and a Gutenberg Bible.  So much to see and be amazed by.  But no pictures allowed.

We went back to our local pub for dinner.  Everywhere you go is picturesque and beautiful.  Even the pub.




21 comments:

Vickie said...

Wonderful! What a great day this was. I love studying each picture. Lots of cool details.

Ann at Beadlework. said...

What an interesting post Margaret, so many historic places to take in and enjoy.

Teresa S. said...

I am in awe of your knowledge of London! What a wonderful experience! Congrats on your anniversary.

Melissa said...

What a great way to celebrate your anniversary! It sounds like your trip was action packed!

Linda said...

Another great day Margaret.

Linda

C Reeder PhxAz said...

Thank you so much for sharing. It's an arm chair vacation I am enjoying for sure. Keep it coming.

marly said...

Glad you are allowed photos in most places. Wouldn't want to miss this.

Kaisievic said...

Hi Margaret, wow! You have had such a marvellous trip, congratulations to you and the father type again on your anniversary - you are one year behind TraderVic and I as we are now 33 years married. Thank you, too, so much for taking us on your trip with you - fantastic, I thoroughly enjoyed my unexpected visit to London. hugs, Kaye

Kaisievic said...

P.S. I have that edition of a Tale of Two Cities - beautiful cover, isn't it?

Ronin said...

Congratulations on your anniversary. London is a great city. Are you on Instagram?

Ronin said...

Congratulations on your anniversary. London is a great city. Are you on Instagram?

Ronin said...

Congratulations on your anniversary. London is a great city. Are you on Instagram?

Sue Robinson said...

I'm amazed how much you managed to pack into your holiday! You certainly picked some fascinating places to visit and have made me promise myself that I will revisit several of them when I visit my son and his family in London. I should think you were in need of a rest when you returned home!

Mugwump Woolies said...

I absolutely adored visiting the Dickens house when I visited London many, many years ago as a student. So happy you were able to include this special place on your wonderful trip! Loving all the pics!
Robyn

Annette-California said...

Absolutely fascinating! I also studied every photo! Wonderful way to celebrate your Anniversary - in LONDON! Happy Anniversary!!! love Annette

Beth said...

It is amazing how many things there are to do in London. In your 7 days you'very been places I have never visited.

mainelystitching said...

I want to go on trips with you! What a great experience I've had, just following the pictures - thank you for sharing! :) And of course, a very happy anniversary to you both.

Brigitte said...

Ahhhhhh, all these pictures from the Dickens Musem and the British Library - so much to remember when being home again.

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Melody said...

Margaret, that is a lot of history to soak up! I'm sure your minds were tired at the end of the day. How exciting for you to visit Abbey Road, being such a Beatles fan... :-) I agree that is a cool edition of the Dickens books.

Lana said...

I just finished reading "David Copperfield" last month, so it was awesome to see the Charles Dickens museum!! What a great experience!! Happy (belated) anniversary!!