Saturday, September 17, 2016

MORE OF LONDON


No visit to London is complete without a Theatrical Treat in the West End....


and thus we Cardinals found ourselves at the Apollo Theatre, enjoying a wonderful musical production:


Yes, Michael Crawford, returning to the stage in 'The Go-Between',
and with that wonderful voice as enjoyable as it was years ago when he starred in Phantom of the Opera.  The play was intriguing, and we loved every minute.


We have been to the Wallace Collection, a glorious historic London town house full of Eighteenth century paintings, furniture and porcelain.


Who doesn't love 'The Swing' by Jean-Honore Fragonard (1732-1806)?

More in a later post...


Piccadilly Circus



Been to Liberty...


and met a long-time bloggie friend, Patricia, of A Place for Everything.
I bring good news: Patricia is returning to Blogland after a break.
We found we have soooo much in common - Twins!
Can't seem to link to Patricia's blog on Mr C's laptop, but there she is over on my sidebar.  Do pop in and say hello...




Been to Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery...

'Mr and Mrs Andrews' Thomas Gainsborough 1750


The Covent Garden markets..



Charing Cross..


and Benjamin Franklin house nearby.


St. Martin in the Fields..


and the British Library, right by the amazing St Pancras Hotel..


The weather has been very hot, then rather wet, cold and dull.
But there are always flowers at Covent Garden...

xxxx




25 comments:

  1. Oh it all looks so wonderful...
    I love meeting a fellow blogger and good to know that she is returning to her blog...will pop over for a visit!

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    1. I have always enjoyed meeting another blogger - we already know so much about one another, and have similar interests. Liberty was a great place to meet.

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  2. You sound as if you are having a full and varied time in London Patricia - my favourtite shop, Liberty's so pleased you managed to find time to visit it.

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    1. We have done many things missed on previous visits - but there is always more! London is rich with cultural experiences. Unfortunately the visit to Sissinghurst had to be cancelled - perhaps another time.

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  3. My goodness, you are certainly packing it in - and visiting some of my favourite haunts. Wonderful that you managed a trip to the theatre as well. I am wondering how you find the time to blog as well - you must be quite disciplined about this. And the Wallace Collection is superb.

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    1. We have been here 12 days and do one special visit per day, so taking it at a gentle pace . Our joints don't like all the steps in the Underground! Some days I even have a nap. Might not manage to blog in Ireland though.

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  4. Oh the wonderful culture that abounds in London! So glad you are having a good time.

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    1. Ah yes, and thank you for your helpful tips. You know where I've been :)

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  5. You definitely have a great time in London, your program is fully booked. When in London I always visit Liberty's love that shop, but Covent Garden is the place to visit too. Oh visiting London is wonderful.

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    1. It is wonderful indeed, so dense with history and culture. Around the West end I am amazed at the number of theatres!

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  6. Wow, Patricia! You have been busy! Where do you find the energy? Amazing to see how many sights and museums you've been to. You are making the most of every minute!

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    1. Not half at energetic as you Val - we have spread this over 12 days, much longer than average Aussie tourists. One item per day for us :) but yes making the most we can of what is special in London.

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  7. I feel a little out of breath just reading this post! You are doing the whirlwind tour ;) How wonderful to meet up with a blogging friend while you're at it.
    Wendy

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    1. It does look a whirlwind on the blog! But this was spread over a week so plenty of down time too. We have a day of rest now and then.

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  8. Oh you're giving me the travel bug so badly Trish!! But I'm joyfully settling living through you. I love seeing the sights you share and what you've been up to over there. Looks like so much fun!! What's been your favorite so far?

    Blessings on all of your travels sweet Friend. xoxo

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it Carrie. Hard to choose but I nominate Buckingham Palace as the highlight in London.

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  9. London looks fantastic! Oh, how fun you met your blog friend. I've only met one so far in person, and she lived in the same town as me. I really like "The Swing" painting, it's delightful. Benjamin Franklin house sounds so interesting. I would have loved to browse through that.

    Happy days in London, Patricia.

    ~Sheri

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    1. Everything we did was interesting, Sheri - London is a wonderful place to visit. The Benjamin Franklin house was an afterthought on a rainy day, but worth a look.
      We are back home now!

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  10. Oh I'm enjoying the sites of London over here, Trish! Enjoy your London/Ireland trip.

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed it Debra. When I get over the jetlag I can write more posts on our trip.

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  11. You must be exhausted! I think you got about average weather for the time of year. I'm waiting to see how you are getting on in Ireland now. Weather there is usually rainier than here, but these days it's hard to tell!
    I have never been to Franklin's house! That is one to put on my list. Thanks ! :)

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    1. We did exhaust ourselves Jenny, and were a bit tired by the time the wedding arrived. We came back to Brisbane this morning but will be catching up with life for a few days. I would be interested to read what you think about the Franklin house. He lived there for quite a long time.

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  12. What a lovely visit, Patricia. I love London and the Wallace Collection and Liberty are two of my favorites :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Ah, we are twins! Nothing like a bit of joy and beauty and London is full of it. xx

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