Ony "Tourist " day in London

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August 12th 2009
Published: August 29th 2009
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Shakespeare's Globe TheaterShakespeare's Globe TheaterShakespeare's Globe Theater

Waiting for the first tour to begin
First order of business is Shakespeare's Globe Theater which is short one block walk from our Bankside House. We enjoyed the exibition and tour of the Theater.

Next we went to the pier and took the clipper ship down the Thames to the London Bridge and the Tower of Londin. We toured the Tower (really like a midevil city), viewed the Crown Jewels, and had lunch at the Armory - Cafe inside the Tower. We reboarded the clipper ship to cruise back to Bankside pier. I still had sore feet and was tired so I went back to my room and rested (we took a nap).

Next we got ready to go see "Blood Brothers" at the Phoenix Theater. We met the Fringe Group an took "the Tube" to the west end theater district. We surfaced at Picadilly Circus and proceeded to have the grand reconing of maps and directions. Sara Brown, John Freeman, Susan Donahue , and various other kibtzers were the main participants. We "searched"and finally found the correct small side street where the Phoenix was. During the "search", we noticed a likely restaurant for all of us to have dinner before the play. The med kitchen turned out to be a good choice, - good food, service,and conversation.

We all thoroughly enjoyed the powerful, emotional performance. We all were crying and stood up for a "standing O". Then we made our way back to Bankside House using the correct tube stops this time.

Tomorrow is an "early" start so we all packed and went to bed.

Additional photos below
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Elizabethan costumes on displayElizabethan costumes on display
Elizabethan costumes on display

Shakespearian period style of dress
Bankside PierBankside Pier
Bankside Pier

We board clipper ship to float down the Thames to the Tower of London
St. Paul's CatedralSt. Paul's Catedral
St. Paul's Catedral

view from the pier
The White CastleThe White Castle
The White Castle

inside the Tower of London
"Traitor's Gate""Traitor's Gate"
"Traitor's Gate"

entrance to the Tower for Traitors to the Crown
Crown JewelsCrown Jewels
Crown Jewels

always a line & crowd to wait to view the Crown Jewels
Globe Theater CenterGlobe Theater Center
Globe Theater Center

Back to Globe Theater Center dockside

playing across the street from our restaurant
med kitchenmed kitchen
med kitchen

Good food, service, and conversation
Phoenix TheaterPhoenix Theater
Phoenix Theater

We see "Blood Brothers" here
Fringe groupFringe group
Fringe group

we gather after the play

29th August 2009

Our Daughter
Our daughter, Karen Towsley, arrived in London to check out the facilities for the Fringe Theater , on the 13th and went on to Esinborough on the 14th. Is that where you went?
29th August 2009

Bring em on
Globe Theater Wow. OK John, step behind that camera and get some snaps of Marty,
29th August 2009

your daughter
Yes, that is where we went. Too bad we couldn't have coordinated schedules. Hope your daughter had a good trip. Marty
31st August 2009

Like a vacation for me, too! Thanks, Marty and John
Oops, I put my comment in the title space....oh well, thanks again, Marty. I would have gone to those exact same places! Carolyn

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