Mom and Dad, The Untold Story, Part I

Trip Start Jan 2008
Trip End May 2008

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

This blog has been temporarily seized by "THE PARENTS"; be warned the following words are not Diane's!

Well, as you read that last entry it sure sounded like we didn't do too much... not quite as bad as "Mom and Dad were here, then left (not soon enough); oh yeah and here's one picture"... but still it does leave a little to be desired from our viewpoint.

We arrived on Friday and were greeted by Elaine and Steven at the airport. Fausto had left Boston with a head cold and was in wonderful shape and couldn't hear a thing. Saturday was a quiet day (truly for Fausto) with family and with great pleasure we found out Georgia was spending the weekend. She is wonderful and a real pleasure to be with. Fausto also discovered the wonders of LemSip, a british concoction of cold medicine brewed like tea that worked marvelously.

Sunday was our first trek into London for the afternoon classical performance at Royal Albert Hall; stunning, moving, and BRITISH!! The cannon shots during the performance finally cleared Fausto's ears. A quick stop at a pub after the show, then back to Elaine and Ray's place. Monday Diane was in class until the afternoon so we headed over to Westminster Abbey. An incredible amount of history but we did find it a bit rushed because of the crowds, can't really linger in the abbey itself but at least they do not rush you through the gardens and smaller chapels. Then a few blocks over to the war rooms and the Churchill museum. Obviously much more recent history and an amazing glimpse of how London persevered through WW2. Then off to meet our daughter at her school and spend a few hours at the British Library... OK, Diane wrote about the Beatle's, but they also had notebooks from DaVinci and Newton; and the hand written music sheets of Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart.... WOW!! Oh and a copy of the Magna Carta.... Yikes... and we just saw a little bit of the library!

Tuesday we had the pleasure of going to St. Paul's Cathedral with Diane's "Civ of London" class, her teacher was the personal tour guide for the group. Yes, there are many, maNY, MANY steps to the very top of St Paul's. After lunch we made our way to the Sherlock Holmes's museum (more steps!). On Wednesday Diane was again in class until the afternoon, so we headed over to the Tower of London, a must do! Parts of the tower complex were built on walls from the Roman Empire and there is so much history. The original tower dates back to 1066. Across the street from the tower is a stunning memorial to the merchant marine sailors of WW2. We met up with Diane and made our way to Portobello Road.

Love to all, R&F
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