Tower of London

(Since a demo crew is intent on turning my morning into an acoustic torture chamber, I will escape to my memories of beautiful London…)

A week or so ago, Tank and I watched Anonymous. I was not a fan of the movie. While I tried to give it a shot, (and without getting too spoilery) the plot twists just made plausibility more and more tenuous. Plus, I kept thinking about the time that I saw Patrick Stewart speak in DC last October during Classic Conversations with Michael Kahn. One of the questions posed to him during the Q&A was about this movie and whether Stewart believed that Shakespeare actually wrote the plays credited to him. His response came to mind while we watched:

“You wouldn’t expect that a glovemaker’s son could have written those plays, just as you wouldn’t expect that a young lad from West Riding could become a Shakespearean actor. There’s no accounting for the driving force and power of creativity.” *

I found, the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to agree with him; there’s something romantic about thinking that someone who “shouldn’t” have been able to write these plays actually did.

Anyway, the most exciting part of the movie for me was seeing the Tower of London actually being utilized as a castle — and it’s one thing I think it did quite well.

Book page reading "Tower of London and it's Curiosities"
4/28/2012

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The Lion King

Before we left for London, I spent a lot of time researching things to do…which museums I thought looked good, what attractions were open and when, where restaurants were located (not the hours, of course)… And I kept circling back to the question of whether we should go see a play. At first I rejected the idea. Then I heard The Lion King was playing and I started to change my tune (specifically to “The Circle of Life”).

Saturday evening was the much-anticipated event at the Lyceum. (Thank you, Janet & Dana, for the bday tickets!!)

The Lion King banners at the Lyceum
4/28/2012 – The Lion King at the Lyceum

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Changing the Guard

Saturday morning Jon and I headed through St. James’s Park to catch the Changing of the Guard — the only time during our London stay that it was scheduled to take place.

The walk through the park was gorgeous.

Birds by the pond in St. James's Park
4/28/2012 – St. James’s Park

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Food, Glorious Food!

***UPDATED***: the pictures should be working now. Sorry about that!

After a morning spent at Westminster Abbey, I was ready for some lunch. Out. At a restaurant! Tank and I headed to Mildreds, a vegetarian restaurant in Soho with a large gluten free selection.

Sign for Mildreds vegetarian restaurant in Soho
So good!

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