Travelogue -- Ken and Carolyn Go To London -- 2008
April 4 -- Temple Church, National Portrait Gallery, Spamalot!


We had a lazy start, which was nice. I almost had my sleeping rhythm working for this part of the world. Anyway, we slept in a bit, had a lazy breakfast, BJ and Carolyn figured out the laundry (so we had clean underwear and socks) ...

Eventually we wended our way off to Temple station, and tried to find the Temple Church. On the way, we passed an amazing looking building, which turned out to be the Royal Courts of Justice, with tons of media folk outside (cameras, etc.). It turns out that they were there waiting for the trial of the terrorists who were responsible for some of the tightened security (no fluids carried onto the plane, etc.) to be done.

Eventually we found the Temple Church. This is the Templar church with the tomb of William Marshal. Unfortunately they have that end of the church roped off. It turns out they have tours once a week, Mondays, 1-1:30, and we didn't make it back (we were in Greenwich). It was still pretty cool to see any of it, and you can see a lot. As usual, don't forget to look up. The ceilings are pretty amazing.

After that we spent a couple hours in the National Portrait Gallery. We were planning on an hour, but my darling spouse zens into paintings. We did the Tudor gallery, and then into the Jacobean and Georgian. Well, she and BJ did, and Don was pretty cool about the whole thing, although I think he had overloaded at least when I did, or somewhere around the same time.

Lunch was had at the National Cafe (the cafe for the National Gallery, not to be confused with the National Portrait Gallery -- they're close to each other, but not the same place ...). We also viewed Trafalger Square briefly.

Then there was Spamalot. Headed off to the theatre, taking the dreaded Northern line one station (not so bad, actually). Walked up toward the theatre, not sure we could find it, but ... we did. It wasn't too hard to find with the huge hand holding a grail in front of the theatre ...

Good show. Not "great" (not standing ovation great, anyway), but a lot of fun. Very silly. The musical numbers are a riot (the Lady of the Lake/Diva character is hysterical). Some of the dialog is direct from the movie, although there are a few variations. The script for the play doesn't follow the script for the movie perfectly, but again, it worked. (I have no problem with different media needing different scripts ...)

We walked back down to Trafalger square, and after looking at the lions and such, hopped on the train (after trudging through tunnels for awhile), and headed home. On the way home we went looking for a place to grab some dessert, because lunch was still sitting in our stomachs (we had that around 3 or 3:30, and while we meant it to be a light lunch ...). However, there wasn't much open in our neighborhood. We ended up at Marks & Spencer's and got some dessert, and headed back. (For those not in the know, Marks & Spencer's is a more upscale version of, say, Target or Walmart -- higher quality clothing, and they have a food market which is pretty good.)


Photos


The Royal Courts of Justice

The Royal Courts
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The Royal Courts
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The Royal Courts
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Statuary

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Statuary

Temple Church

Temple Church

Temple Church

Temple Church

Temple Church

Temple Church

Temple Church

Temple Church

Temple Church

Temple Church

Temple Church

Temple Church

Temple Church

Temple Church

Temple Church

Temple Church

Temple Church

Temple Church

Temple Church

Temple Church

Temple Church

Temple Church

Temple Church

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Trafalgar Square

National Gallery

George Washington

National Portrait Gallery

Palace Theatre

Palace Theatre

Trafalgar Square


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