I took this quiz yesterday, since it was linked from a New York
And I scored a perfect 30!
Then I realized I’ve actually seen more then 2/3 of these paintings in person.
Memories of various trips to England have been popping up on Facebook. I am ready to visit again.
With John Schaefer and George Emblom.
HM the Queen and others of the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
JC after Evensong at King’s College Cambridge.
The tower at Gloucester Cathedral.
Aboard the Cutty Sark.
A field of poppies, viewed from the train to Cambridge.
Tower Bridge at dusk.
With Ramelle Sarna.
London Metropolitan Fire Brigade, by our hotel.
JC by the River Severn, Gloucester.
1997. At St. George’s Windsor, England, preparing for an Evensong. That’s me at left center with my arms crossed, standing at the foot of the aisle.
The District Line train, arriving at Kew.
The Clock Tower, etc.
The research reading room at the Royal School for Music in London.
On the way home.
2005. In front of Kensington Palace on a Thanksgiving Break trip to London.
At Stonehenge, 13 July 2013.
Astride the Prime Meridian, one foot in the Western Hemisphere, the other not.
Looking toward Westminster.
Norman tower on a Gothic cathedral.
At the hotel.
JC in front of Buckingham Palace before the royal appearance.
Northwest of London.
Apparently the water table is high in Truro, since water was running in stone gutters all over town.
The cathedral spire is notable everywhere in town.
The church from the lych gate.
Flowers in The Shard, 60+ floors up.
Elgar lived here as a boy.
A bee, and white lavender, in the cloister herb garden.
Howells, Vaughan Williams, and Stanford, all together in eternal rest.
From the church yard.
The Clock Tower, from the Thames.
Street scene, with the Cathedral west porch behind.
A PERFECT English breakfast.
At the Tower.
A Greenwich street scene.
The Herbert Howells window in the Lady Chapel, Gloucester Cathedral.
At Michael’s grave in July 2013, Twigworth Church, Gloucestershire.
At Wells Cathedral.
At the Elgar Birthplace Museum outside of Worcester.
At Shakespeare’s birthplace.
My first and so far only London beer this trip.
Fish & chips from a market stall.
St. Paul’s Cathedral in the distance.
Shard, from Tate Modern.
Youngest nephew Joseph is quite the teenage zoologist. My sister suggested I take him to the Kansas City Zoo at Swope Park on Wednesday last, so Joe and I waited out the rain and then spent two hours with sea lions and tigers and lorikeets and kangaroos and red pandas and Merino sheep and such. And a good time was had by all.
Joe pets a stingray.
This one is just waiting for a lift from the train.
In all my visits to Washington, D.C., I had never stopped by the
United States Botanic Garden.
Truth be told, the Missouri Botanical Garden is
so much more better!
But visit I did, and I’m glad for the two hours there on Wednesday.
greenhouse things we eat :
Random other plants that caught my eye:
The cactus room was great fun, but difficult to photograph.
Washington, D.C. is a fabled and wonderful place for this student of history, architecture, and politics.
And the view of the United States Capitol gets me every time.
From Wednesday, on Capitol Hill:
Thanks to the kindness of the mother of a prospective student, I had a private guided tour on Wednesday of the FBI Experience.
The best parts? J. Edgar Hoover’s desk. And the live firing range where nine agents were shooting their quarterly qualification. And the company of a lively FBI employee. And the spy-craft stuff.
I’ll have more to post on Friday, but this 8.30 p.m. arrival at home after a full day in D.C. has me tired and not feeling like writing.
A lazier day. After the huge Cuban meal on Monday, I slept in on Tuesday.
Since the National Geographic headquarters and museum is two blocks away, I spent some time Tuesday at their museum, with a current exhibition of Queens of Egypt. Then I went ‘round to the Omani cultural center and spent some time talking about their culture with Omani nationals who were presenting an “Islam in Oman” exhibit. I learned some things today.
Dinner was at
The Pig, a pork-centric restaurant near my hotel. The meal was fabulous!
Baked Brie with apple butter.
Queens of Egypt:
Surrounded by ancient Egyptian sarcophagi (not pictured).
And then an ancient Koran at the Omani center. I mean . . .
look at this beauty!:
Lunch of chicken shawarma a was at a food truck near the hotel:
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