Sorry for not having posted anything in a while. Here's a quick summary with
pictures of our trips of the last few months.
In March we spent a short weekend in London (the trains were offering
promotional �10 (about $15) round-trip fares). We spent Saturday walking
and Big Ben) and visiting the Tower of London (an old fort where the crown
jewels can be seen). Sunday was going to be spent shopping at Harrod's, an
enormous luxury store, but it's closed Sundays. We walked through Hyde Park
and visited the small shops on Portabello Road.
Two weeks later we flew to Paris for Lawrence's
grandmother's 92nd birthday. The Seine was terribly flooded from
the heavy rains Europe has gotten this winter. Saturday night we went to a
concert of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" at a church called the Sainte Chapelle
We could see why Paris is called the City of Lights.
We had been spending a lot of time for work in Derby, about three hours north
of where we live, and on our last weekend we decided to pop over to nearby
Nottingham. We of course visited the very touristy "Legend of Robin Hood"
museum and had
a pint at the "Olde Trip to Jerusalem", a pub built into the side of a
cliff, immediately under where the Castle of Nottingham used to sit. The pub
was built in 1189. We listened to a concern of Bach's "St. John's Passion" at
St. Mary's Cathedral.
(Also picture of a church converted into
some kind of social club.)
For the weekend of Easter we were given three days off. We added two more to
make a very long weekend to London. Frank, a college friend of Lawrence's,
lives there and let us sleep in a spare bedroom. We packed the days with
sight-seeing, starting with Harrod's (on a Thursday this time). We also
visited the British
Museum (which has a gorgeous library at its center),
Palace (and its 500-year-old clock),
and the Museum of London. We ate wonderful food every night (Tex-Mex, Belgian,
Lebanese, and traditional English pub food). At the Lebanese place we had dinner with some friends
of Jennifer's who were in town for the week.