I just hope that they also knew to use brandy as antiseptic before death.
Bixa, you left London in the nick of time because with reports like this you were on the verge of totally exhausting all material for future trips to Blighty, not to mention wearing out your camera. Your enthusiasm for certain subjects is beyond belief!
However, I am missing reports about all of the things happening in Oaxaca, so I just hope that you hit the ground running today.
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Again, late on the scene Bixa due to stress over preparing for our UK visas. Reems of A4 later, - tomorrow is our interview. Of course I have been thinking what YOU have been up to whilst I was slaving away, and now all is revealed! And it's just beyond wonderful! I have been to Greenwich several times but never knew what was in those magnificent buildings. I would say you did your homework?! Praise and more praise for the photos - they are really something. This is a post one has to come back to several times. I loved seeing the photos of Patrick Moore and remember his program well. He was a great friend of my cousin and they corresponded regularly. Moores letters most likely in a shoe box under the stairs, but we need to reveal them one day. My cousin Dr. Graeme W. was also a great friend to Carl Sagan and was invited to deliver a paper on the Cosmos by Sagan. His letters are also stored somewhere. Sorry - I digress. Another photo that thrilled me was the one of the Gypsey moth Pub where we had a nice lunch the day we visited. I'm sure you are happy to head home but I get the message that you will be back in blighty in no time!
Nelson's body was reputedly sent home in a barrel of brandy.
Well, there is my new favorite factoid! I've also read that bodies were preserved in honey (why?), with the added benefit that the honey could still be consumed afterward because of it's naturally antiseptic properties.
Lodging seems horrifically expensive in London, but I imagine that there are some alternatives.
LaGatta, as early as possible before your trip start browsing the airb&b type sites (there are many). There is everything from a bedroom (en suite or not) in someones home, to entire houses available. The advertised places come with pictures, descriptions, reviews, and maps so you can not only scope out the access to transportation, but use street view to look at the neighborhood.
I just hope that they also knew to use brandy as antiseptic before death. I don't think antiseptic was known about until Lister's time & don't think it was widely accepted right away. Brandy was more likely to be used as an anesthetic. Your enthusiasm for certain subjects is beyond belief! Hmmm. Not sure whether that is a compliment or not! However, I am missing reports about all of the things happening in Oaxaca, so I just hope that you hit the ground running today. Get a grip, Kerouac!
I have been to Greenwich several times but never knew what was in those magnificent buildings.
Obviously we need to go back together one day! Tod dear, thank you for those lovely kind words. As for homework, mostly it's Google after the fact. Imagine your having those important and undoubtedly fascinating letters. Have you thought of publishing them? That might fund an awful lot of trips to Greenwich and other places! Yes, much as I love London, I really need to see other parts of the UK. I'm thinking of starting at the top and working down for the next trip.
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Such a flow of amazing trip reports, bixa. I've been unable to keep up for the past 6 weeks, just dipping in from time to time to see what I was missing. Trying to view any photos on the phone screen is just too disappointing. Last night was the first time I've been free to sit at the home computer and start to catch up with photo reports, and I picked a good one to start with.
The Queen's house has such an austere exterior and inside is so decorative. I think Largilliere's portrait of James is the most, or maybe I should say only, flattering portrait of a British monarch that I've seen. This is a man who was ready for his close-up.
Ships' badges just do not cut it compared with figureheads.
Until I read Patrick O'Brian, I didn't appreciate ships of any type. While I was reading his Aubrey-Maturin series I could have told you what a jib sail was, ditto ratlines, quarter deck, and holystones, but all that's gone now. What's left is an appreciation for the shape of the vessel.
Thanks for the floral interlude as you ran between museums.
bixa, yes, I'll do that. I'll also ask my friends there, though I'll make it clear I'm not asking for a sofa to crash on; I'm past that age. I need no luxury, but I do want a place with at least a tiny fridge, and if possible somewhere I can prepare simple meals. And confess that I want a loo of my own, even if I don't have acute digestive distress...
I'll have to relaunch rikita for places in Berlin, not for myself, but for a good friend who is going there in August. He speaks no German and little English.
It is possible but not certain that i might be going to London either this autumn or next spring, as a side-trip from Amsterdam to meet a publisher.