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Well, this is it. We are finally doing it. After 15 years in the UK and having had a fabulous time, we are making the journey back.
We thought you might like to see a little bit of our travels as we take some time in the USA, Canada and New Zealand on our way back.
This whole blogging thing is new for us so let's see how it goes.
One more sleep!
Matt, Jen and the Girls
... we didn't get to take pictures with the guards it was still fun to see all these wonderful London landmarks. After a long day of site seeing we decided to go shopping on Oxford Street. After taking a few pictures with the phone booths (typical tourists) we wandered around the stores and fell in love with a store called Bershka. I wish they had this store in the US but unfortunately this is an exclusively European store. After acquiring some new high waisted jean shorts ...
... called St. Luke when it was Anglican, so to honor the saint, they tacked him on at the end of their own parish saints, Eleutherios and Anthia.
There's no iconography on the walls, but there are tons and tons of portable icons, which gives it a devoted village feeling, as if there wasn't enough money for a proper iconographer, so all the families brought their own icons to decorate the church.
I fear a lot of my American friends would not have appreciated ...
... that rings the bells. We spent over an hour staring, trying to understand how it works. (Mechanical clocks were a major innovation in the 1400s because sundials could not be relied upon given Britain's overcast weather. Mechanical clocks meant church worship could run on time, war efforts could be coordinated and ships could organize distribution routes).. The exhibit also had hundreds of watches and grandfather clocks, with fine metalwork and ingenious mechanical ...
... literally walking through it to get somewhere else, but so many small detailed replicas describing aspects of famous buildings...and a chair design competition in progress.
I loved looking down from the upstairs galleries and seeing the exhibits below (Chihuly!) and was pleased to find a walkway of Frederick Leighton works...I had hoped to get to Leighton House in Holland Park, but...next trip. These were original frescoes for the museum, so cool. Finally, were the ...