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Published: August 2nd 2018
London Pop Up Art
Giant statue of Jeff with his outfit from Jurassic Park (chiseled chest and all). It was gone a few days later.
Days 23, 24, and 25 - Rest, Recreation, and Re-dying
In our original plans Tony was going to be in the office mid week so we had not made too many plans between our weekend trips. Even though Tony’s business plans changes, this lull turned out to be a good thing as we needed time to unpack and unwind, and to work on the blog.
After a morning of laundry we went out in search of a gaming store so that we could pick up some things for a planned Dungeons and Dragons campaign with local friends. We walked so that we could try and maintain our average daily walking miles from our time in Greece.
We did take the time to see a West End show this week. Matilda has been our favorite since seeing it in New York four years ago. We could not pass up a chance to see this very British play while in London. It had some subtle differences but the core remained unchanged and just as wonderful as ever.
Wednesday we planned a tour of the National Theatre near our flat. The National
Ok.. so they close at night, but sometimes they aren't even open during the day. Check the interwebs.
Theatre is not found in the West End with the other Victorian age theatres but on the south side near the home of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. It was built in the 1970s to very purposefully not have the same level of ornamentation and decoration that the theaters meant for high class citizens had. It was meant to be a classless theatre in a city that was still very much aware of class and privilege.
We were able to walk through all three stage areas from the huge Olivier Theatre to the intimate Pinter Theatre. We also saw the backstage areas including the Sets and Props departments. Tony and Michelle were quite happy to talk about all the different technical aspects. The rest of the day was spent in various sedentary pursuits.
Thursday we headed over to St John’s Wood to take a look at the American school there and see what a more residential area of London looked like. It’s the same neighborhood that houses Abbey Road Studios and the famous zebra crossing from the Beatles album. The construction there is much more recent but just as dense. We spent the morning exploring that
There are sandy bits on the river Thames near Southbank. Artists go and make interesting things at low tide.
neighborhood and then headed back to the flat before Anne and Michelle went out to Soho to get Michelle’s hair dyed at BLEACH London. She opted for a much darker green than she had before.
Back to the flat again and then out for a walk along the river, east towards the Tower Bridge this time. We strolled past the Borough Market stalls and the HMS Belfast and found a statue of Jeff Goldblum as Ian Malcolm celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Jurassic Park. Over the Tower Bridge we walked around the Tower of London and saw preparations for a dance production celebrating the history of London’s East End. As we wandered more we found the other Wilsons relaxing after a long day at the Tower of London. We made plans to meet back up after dinner where we watched some of a yearly dance production from the east side of the castle moat. We then did a bit of narrow alley exploring with the Wilsons before heading home for the night.
Tomorrow we take the train to Edinburgh for a driving tour through Scotland.
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