Wednesday, May 18, 2005

He Is Risen

How is that for damn-near biblical self-importance?!?

Well here I am in a cyber-cafe type place on Grafton Place (right by Tottenham Court RD., I'm sure you know the place.....)

I actually got into London yesterday but I spent the entire day Tuesday asleep. It must be a sure sign that you're getting older when you can't just fly to London and be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed right when you step off the plane. I have to say, in terms of pure traveling nothing could be easier than navigating London. Granted my companion (i.e. my girlfriend Victoria - take a bow) has spent a lot of time here, but I'm the newbie and it all made sense to me. Clapham (where we are staying) seems to be a nice lively place whose slightly shady past is being atoned for as it slips into a sort of yuppie purgatory status. London itself I'm getting to know by the walking around-getting lost-finding myself right only to discover that I'm not exactly where I thought I was-method. So far so good.

Irony has already sought me out this trip. We came to London because Victoria had a bit of research to do at the British Library. Well, we go over there today so she can get her readers card (needed to get into the manuscripts room) and I thought I'd ask for one as well...purely for giggles. Well it turns out Victoria left her drivers license at home and couldn't prove her place of address. The folks at the Library were nice enough to help her out with a one week pass. As for myself, I am sporting a card good for three years. Victoria, British historian that she is, was not amused. I would have laughed myself silly if I weren't afraid of getting "shushed" British style.

I'll write more after I have taken care of all my London firsts:

-first pint in a London pub
-first time walking the Abbey Road crosswalk
-first time nearly getting run over by a double decker bus when I forget to "look left"

On the plus side I have, so far, been able to "Mind The Gap."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey, if you get the chance, check out the Cabinet War Rooms, from where Churchill ran WWII. It's in St. James Place (if I remember correctly-info below). It's a pretty neat tour, and a little different than the usual touristy stuff. (Though I loved the Tower of London which is about as touristy as you can get in London).

Have a great time, and if you come across any good condition first edition (preferaby UK) Flashman novels, let me know via e-mail what they cost, and I might have you pick me up one. (I'm making the assumption you might check out some of the used bookstores).


Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms
Clive Steps
King Charles Street
London SW1A 2AQ
United Kingdom

Open daily except 24, 25 and 26 December.
9:30am - 6.00pm (last admission 5.00 pm)
Special Free Admission
To mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in 2005 the Churchill Museum & Cabinet War Rooms will be free to those aged 60 and over on:

VE Day (8 May)
VJ Day (15 August)
National Day of Commemoration (10 July)
Armistice Day (11 November)
Remembrance Sunday (13 November)

Admission prices:
Adult: £10.00
Children (under 16): FREE Senior citizens: £8.00
Students: £8.00
ES40: £5.00
Group Rates (10 or more)

Adult - £8.00
Children (under 16): FREE
Senior citizens: £7.00
Students: £7.00
Disabled Visitors and Carers

Adult: £5.00
Children (under 16): FREE

All visitors are provided with a free personal Acoustiguide sound guide, available in English (adult and children's version), French, German, Italian, Spanish, Hebrew and Dutch.