Tea and Crumpets

One of my highlights in London was a showing of Richard III at the Shakespeare Globe Theater.  The Shakespeare Globe Theater is a reconstruction of the famous original, which was destroyed in 1644.

the Shakespeare Globe Theater

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Mass Hysteria

There’s a lot to see in London and we got to work seeing it all:

1. London Eye – check
2. Tower Bridge – check
3. Cruise on the Thames – check
4. Big Ben – check
5. Parliament Building – check
6. Tower of London – check
7. Changing of the Guard – check
8. Tate Modern – check
9. British Museum – check

view from the top of the London Eye

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Soccer Hooligans

Although not on every tourist’s list, seeing an Arsenal game was at the top of mine.  Arsenal are* a soccer team based in London that I’ve followed since I was a kid, though I’ve never had a chance to see them live.  Our friends, David and Amie, had given us tickets to a game as a wedding gift.  In this case, however, that meant I had the funds, but still needed to hunt down the tickets.  It wasn’t going to be easy — every Arsenal game is a sell-out.  Not to mention that this was the season opener.

Emirates stadium, Arsenal warming up

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“Good for the Libido”

From Tintern Abbey, we continued on to Bath.  Bath is another city famous for its natural spring water.  It was first populated by the Romans, who built a bath/temple complex (hence the city’s name).  The town faded into obscurity in the Dark Ages before the baths were rediscovered in the 1500-1600s.  The waters attracted the wealthy and the town underwent a renaissance.  The town is now a cool maze of classic Georgian architecture.

Georgian architecture of Bath

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