The Catherine Wheel
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It's 3am, one of a number of early starts this trip. Although we went to bed early, sleep evaded us and we managed little more than a couple of hours fitful dozing before awakening. We were up and moving before the alarm summoned us.
Then we were off on what has always seemed like an extension to last years travels rather than a holiday in its own right.
We faced two 6 hour plus flights with a 3 ...
... door. This is something you can't describe, you need to see it for your self. We walked through halls that have people buried under the floor, in the walls, and the further in you go, there are monuments, crypts and miniature chapels and the same again, truly mind blowing. I have to say the highlight of my tour was seeing where Queen Elizabeth I and her half sister Mary were buried (daughters of King Henry VIII) and if you know the history ...
After lunch we caught the Thames Clipper back up the river to the London Eye where we met Chris. He had hoped to have a tour at 11 am but there weren't enough customers so he visited the British Museum instead. (He will work his last tour a fortnight from tomorrow - he can't quite believe that the end of his working visa and time in the UK is almost here).
He took us to Waterloo Station to check ...
... his installation of ants to address the plight of millions of displaced immigrants who are constantly crossing the planet in search of asylum. The bodies are made of cast human skulls. It's not hard to work out the next piece. Very confronting. An army of child faced figures from conflict zones in the Ivory Coast. Weaver birds construct these incredible sculptural forms on telephones poles as they march across and divide their territory in the Kalahari ...
... silk curtains to use as wall paper, cut, sewed and hung them herself. It is now a grand home and easily passes as the home of an Earl. They had no children and left it to the National Trust. The interior and grounds are gorgeous but I have to say that I find the Georgian style of architecture to be too blocky and austere for my taste.
We drive to Pangbourne where Wind in the Willows was written but there's ...