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Monday in London

Downsizing, an interesting church, the EYE and the Old Vic Theatre

sunny 55 °F

Monday--Downsizing +

At this point, I was realising that even though I was going to be on the road for 10 weeks and living out of a suitcase, and even though I had started shedding things and sending home boxes of unneeded things, I was still travelling far too heavily. So, after research, I found a new suitcase near Picadilly Circus, took it home and set to work on trimming down to what I really needed. One would think I’d never travelled overseas before! I did get to explore Picadilly a bit, which brought back good memories. Weather was warm; only a bit chilly. So, into the box went my sweaters, my tweed jacket, my rather heavy raincoat, etc. I schlepped it to the package centre and was now in travelling trim.

That mission accomplished, I walked three or four blocks to the London EYE, or ferris wheel. This was, I believe, set up for the Millennium, and is one of the largest Ferris Wheels in Europe. Of course, it rained when I went on it, and 1/2 hour later when I disembarked, it had stopped and the sun was out!

I also came upon something of a Church, right in the Lambeth section of town. Lambeth Palace is the home to the Archbishop of Canterbury. There was the spire of a Church, but no Church. Where the Church should have been was a large office building. Upon closer examination, there was a church called the Oasis. In what was once the nave of the Church was not their worship space, which during the week is turned into a cafe. It was a very interesting concept and use of space and reïmaging of urban ministry; I’m glad at least the spire was saved, and that ongoing ministry is still being carried out.

In my further wandering around Waterloo Station, I discovered that the Old Vic theatre was only one block away. The artistic director is the actor Kevin Spacey, who is an extremely good actor (LA Confidential, etc). The Old Vic has seen Sir John Guilgud, Sir Lawrence Olivier, Richard Burton and all, in their youth. There was a picture of the young Olivier from 1937.

The play was The Winslow Boy by Terrance Rafferty, and was a drama about the English justice system in the years before WWI; and more specifically about the difference between doing right and doing justice. As Sir Robert, the famous barrister in the play said, Doing Justice is fairly easy; doing right is more difficult. It was a fine play, and I’m glad I got to see at least one play in London; and this one was a fine one to see.

Posted by stbrides 09:22 Archived in United Kingdom

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The London Eye is well worth the time it took......the city of London in a different outlook. Martha and I've been to London 3 or 4 times and always find something different to see. Not far from the London Eye there is an World War Two Muesum. The muesum is in waling distance from the London Eye.

by Texaslady

Mary, what was good about where I stayed was that I was south of the Thames, and that the EYE was literally a 5" walk. There is so much to see and do in London, the only difficulty is fitting it all in, and getting a few hours' sleep!

by stbrides

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