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I am Sandra - faithful steward. listener. shepherd. dream believer. hard worker. collects brass bells, boots. Jesus follower. contented. star gazer. homemaker. farmer. prayer warrior. country woman. reader. traveler. writer. homebody. living life large.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Searching for London


 ~ somewhere over England ~
Give-aways are suspended until tomorrow; Dave has been hankering for me to do another post on London and I've learned to pack a bag in an hour so here goes. After all, when you've spent two plus weeks wandering around Romania, Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic with naught but the clothes on your back and one -I want to say crummy but that sounds so ungrateful!- white tee shirt given to me by the airlines because they misplaced our bags yet sent us on our way- now both Dave and I pack in one...ONE...carry-on each. And his isn't all that large a carry-on! Sometimes I'll have a purse but, usually, we both have travel vests and yes, as a matter of fact, we do look like the Bobsey twins but it works for us.

WHEW! I'm bushed after that run-on sentence.

In London, we stayed in the Knightsbridge and Kensington areas only a few blocks from Harrods and a lovely shopping district. A lovely Extremely High End shopping district and nothing much was purchased there except for food and pints at our local, A Bunch of Grapes. I felt like Granny Sandy come to town as I watched the "fancy ladies" mince and prance from shop to shop to shop. And yet, it would not surprise me, at all, if I were the happiest of the lot. I know my place, am over the moon happy in love with my place and am a loved woman. Everyone should be so blessed!
~ Diana and Dodi memorial at Harrods ~
While we never had a bad day, thank God, some of our best days were spent being tourists. There are those, perhaps we were "those" when we were younger, who decry boarding buses and sightseeing but, now that we've got a few years on our heads, we enjoyed riding the double decker bus and seeing far more of London than we could have on foot. Dave reconnoitered by riding the bus around London while a friend and I wandered around on foot and by tube. Then, after the friend left London, Dave and I rode the bus and hopped on/hopped off as we pleased and saw things of interest.
~ Cheshire Cheese Pub ~
Please note, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street was rebuilt in 1667, following the Great Fire of London in 1666, and a favorite haunt of Samuel Johnson, Charles Dickens, Francois-Marie Arouet, also known as Voltaire and now, Dave and Sandra.

The Horn Tavern stood on this same site although in 1538, but a 13th century Carmelite Monastery guest house stood there long before The Horn Tavern. The vaulted cellars in the pub are thought to belong to the Monastery guest house.
~ leaded glass windows ~
 ~ Dr. Samuel Johnson's chair ~
 Dr. Samuel Johnson's home is around the corner from the Cheshire Cheese and we visited but, alas, it was closed. Whilst he and James Boswell were discussing whether Boswell would tire of London should he move there, Johnson said, "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life." Dr. Johnson is every word geek's master and mentor and it was he, you'll recall, who, on April 15, 1755, published A Dictionary of the English Language which is sometimes called Samuel Johnson's Dictionary. For this herculean task, which took almost nine years, he was paid, approximately, 1,500 pounds which is now about $1,000.
~ a partial list of patrons ~
 ~ my delicious lunch ~
 There are people who would not be thrilled with my, fairly, simple lunch. I am not one as I enjoy food from the plainest, most plebeian fair to the gastronomic delights of The Georgian Room. I was tickled with my meat pie, chips, peas and carrots. It was washed down with a pint of local whose name now escapes me but I recall it was hard cider. There's nothing like hard cider and although this was processed, it was still delicious and made more delightful by eating in such a heralded establishment.
 ~ the London Eye ~
 From Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese to the London Eye, a trip of a few hundred years! We didn't ride the Eye this trip but had ridden it a few years prior. After spending time in Morocco in Marrakesh and with the Berbers in the Atlas Mountains and the Bedouins in the Sahara Desert, we stopped off in London to regroup. It was a serious head twister, from living in tents only God knows how old and having no running water...unless you call a five gallon bucket and a cut off plastic soda bottle running water... to living in the lap of luxury in a London hotel and taking a turn in the Eye. However, that's another story for another time; now it's time for me to stop burning daylight and get back to work. The day is no longer young and there are still miles to go before I sleep.

Blessings ~ travel ~ London ~ adventure ~ Morocco ~ Atlas Mountain ~ Sahara Desert ~ London Eye ~ pubs ~ double decker buses ~

Dei Gratia,
Sandra

13 comments:

  1. Your travels are all so beautiful. Dave is right, you should share them.

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  2. So glad you enjoyed your trip to London. There is so much to see and do isn't there.
    I loved the way you told it all.
    Blessings, Star

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  3. Sounds like you had a fabulous time! If I'm not around when you post on the Czech Republic, give me a poke. Prague is my most favorite place in the world. Never been to London, but now I think I should go.

    Spirit airlines lost our CARRY-ON luggage on our trip to Costa Rica. For Pete's sake, does it get any worse than that? And then they stole all our electronic equipment from it, and gave it back with the stuff they didn't want. Now why wouldn't they have wanted our underwear? Go figure...

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  4. You are enjoying your travels, such beautiful places to visit. Great photos.

    I loved Prague, London (but enjoyed the countryside more), Holland (is exquisite throughout), etc.

    Have a lovely weekend.
    TTFN ~Marydon

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  5. What a fun trip! I also prefer to travel light, particularly to Europe.

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  6. another reason it is probably all to the best I no longer travel - I tend to take too much - always thinking "I might need this pair of shoes" - and shoes take more room than anything. Wonderful pictures - thank you for taking us along.

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  7. Sandra - thanks for taking us on your travels. I am not one for traveling at all - so I enjoy all of the posts of the different blogs I follow of folks who do travel. I am such a homebody that I rarely even travel around the state of KY! I'm probably missing a lot because of that. I like the pub photos - they have such interesting names and dates, and signs. I look forward to more of your travels, and I can live vicariously thru you. Take care, from KY.

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  8. i've only been to london once, 5 yrs. ago. i love the oldness of her buildings. we were tourists to the max and i'm sure we looked the part. i would love to go back. we rode the london eye and watched a couple make out the whole time, much like americans! your trip sounds just lovely!

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  9. I remember the day that I happened upon that Diana and Dodi memorial. It totally creeped me out. After that I figured out where it was and made sure I avoided it! I also remember that there was a really nice needlework shop somewhere near Harrods. I miss London and really want to go back!

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  10. So nice to see something other than one's own back yard! Thanks for the trip!

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  12. Sandra, you are wonderfully adventurous and must be so much fun! There is much to be said for being content with the person God created yo to be and when traveling you seem to be just as comfortable and confident, the kind of lady I love to be around. I am sure your Dave agrees!It most definitely seems you two are perfect for each other and compliment each other perfectly, as God would have it!

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  13. Dawn - we love to travel so we'll keep on until we're too old to push our own wheelchairs!

    Star - so nice to see you and hope all has been well with you and yours.

    Deborah Ann - we're headed back to Prague this month...want to go?

    Marydon - love the Alaska photos your son took...one of my favorite places one earth!

    Deborah - never take more than you can run with! That's our motto.

    LindaSue - I wear a pair of closed toe shoes and take a pair of flipflops for bath and shower. I travel lightly so I don't have to carry much.

    Kathy - I dearly love traveling and staying home; there's a nice tension there that keeps me happy.

    Life - London is lovely, almost any time of year, isn't it?

    Vicki - yeah, the memorial is a trifle strange but if it makes Dodi's Dad feel better, why not? I think those memorials at roadside accidents are strange too.

    Carol - you're welcome, glad you enjoyed.

    Kathy - funny but someone else said much the same to me earlier this week. "You seem comfortable with yourself" and that pleased me. As long as I treat people pleasantly, like children of God, I'm much more at peace and comfort with myself. Dave and I are comfortable traveling with each other and watch each others back...just like at home.

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