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Royal Kensington and Chelsea

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  • Day8

    St Andrew's

    March 9 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Heute war ein anstrengender Tag und das schreib ich geduscht im Bett mit laufendem Fernseher bevor es neun Uhr ist! Das heißt es war echt anstrengend!
    Angefangen hat der Tag in Fulham bei St Andrew‘s da haben wir einen Abendmahlsgottesdienst gefeiert. Da hab ich leider feststellen müssen, dass ich auch mit geschlossenen Augen weinen kann. Ich war sehr gerührt und hab mich aber auch sehr hilflos gefühlt, weil ich nichts tun kann. Alle waren sehr nett und ich hab mich sehr gut aufgehoben gefühlt.
    Wir sind dann noch durch das Dörflein gelaufen bevor wir etwas zu essen gefunden haben. Das war lecker und ich hatte mich dann auch so weit eigentlich wieder beruhigt.
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  • Day6

    St Mellitus College

    March 7 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌬 9 °C

    Mein Körper macht gerne mal spannende Sachen, so wie früh aufwachen, auch wenn man mal einmal ausschlafen könnte... Heute hieß früh 7 Uhr, aber wenn man bedenkt, dass es erst um 10:30 Uhr los ging, ist das schon ganz schön beachtlich! Die Zeit vor und nach dem Frühstück hab ich dann für Vokabeln genutzt.
    Als es dann losging, sind wir mit der Gruppe durch de Hyde Park gelaufen nach Kensington zu dem St Mellitus‘ College. Das ist eine Schule für anglikanische Priester. Durch Google hab ich inzwischen auch rausgefunden, dass der St Mellitus nach seinem Tod heiliggesprochen wurde, weil er vorgeblich eine Kathedrale und Menschen vor dem Feuer bewahrt hat.
    In der Kirche befindet sich jetzt also unter der Woche eine Schule/‚Uni‘ und unten im Keller sind sogar Hörsäle. Ein netter Mensch hat sich Zeit für uns genommen und uns viel erklärt und Fragen beantwortet.
    Ein netter Start in den Tag.
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  • Day2

    Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

    April 19 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    What a glorious day! I started out in my nice hotel that boasts a kitchenette and free phone! No, I mean an honest to God Smartphone that I can take with me for navigation, web searches, and to make international calls all gratis! I’ve never heard of that! After my not too bad overnight flight, I took the non-express train (UnderGround) in from the airport. The subway cars are so tiny. I couldn’t really stand in the middle with my bag without bumping into someone’s knees. The system works really well, but I have to say, the schematic transit map they have is less than useless. It doesn’t have any sense of geography and scale. It was like that when I lived in New York - I knew which stops came next but not where they actually were located in relation to one another. Anyhow, I digress.

    My hotel sits a couple of convenient blocks north of Hyde Park, so I walked to visit Kensington Palace. The gardens were exquisite. They have 50 gardeners to keep the place magnificent. I took a tour that was entertaining and quite informative on the history of the Stuart and Hanover families who have lived there since the late 1700s. William and Kate and their three children live there now as had Harry and Meghan until just recently. Princess Diana’s hand and fashion were highlighted. While it is a “palace” with all the pomp and tradition that comes with that word, I was not overwhelmed by the public rooms. The oak staircase leading to the Queen’s quarters were beautiful but spoke more of showing off (look how much expensive oak we can waste on a staircase) instead of fine art. Ceilings were painted to look like they were elaborately carved domes but in reality are an optical illusion. Interesting. Few of the furniture or decorative pieces used (or even substituted) were displayed.

    But oh, the tiaras. Brazil nut-sized emeralds adorned earrings, necklace and tiara. A spectacular show of wealth and jewelry making. Three displayed in a large glass case jiggled every time someone walked about the room. It is an old house.

    Hyde Park feels like New York’s Central Park with strolling locals, their families, joggers, tourists, lovers holding hands, and young people gathering in clumps on the grass. Song birds sang strong and clear doing their best to entertain. I don’t have a bird book (or app) that covers London so I’ve been taking pictures for later identification. The Robin doesn’t much look like an American Robin. I loved the unmanicured look of the fields and trees knowing that it was a deliberate and exacting plan to get it to look this way.

    I went in search of the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. What a joyful thing it is! People are encouraged to wade and splash and have fun in the water. It was such a contrast to the formal Kensington Gardens. I loved them both.

    Two small spaces, theSpencer Gallery and the Spencer Sackler Gallery, host installations and modern art. Like much of modern art, I can’t say why it moves me when it does or doesn’t. I just know that when I come away feeling that the artist captured a spirit and transmitted that to me - that is the essence of art.

    I capped off the day with a delicious Indian restaurant called Dishoom. It is wildly popular and for good reason. I had one lamb chop that was deeply spiced and cooked just right, chicken tikka - no sauce to hide the tandoori flavors, a bowl of green veggies in chili and lime, and their signature black daal dish. I couldn’t finish so I have some for another day, if I don’t continue to eat my way through London.

    I made it to nearly 10pm London time. Trying to beat jet lag.
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  • Day2

    Premier Inn Kensington (Olympia)

    April 26 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    A hearty and very tasty breakfast to face the trudge ahead. Beautiful night’s sleep in a very comfortable and large bed. Despite being in a very busy area, the hotel is so well insulated noise-wise that the night was beautifully quiet.

  • Day15

    The Great London Cycle

    August 13, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Saturday was the Great London Walk and today has been the Great London Cycle. We cycled from Elephant and Castle to Soho, via Lambert Bridge. From there, we cycled through Hyde Park to Kensington Palace. Then returned back to Elephant and Castle after viewing the dismounting ceremony of the Queen's Life Guard, via Waterloo Bridge. Apparently, the ceremony has come about because Queen Victoria found the guard drinking and and gambling, so as a punishment a check was put in place at 4pm each day for 100 years. Even though the 100 year punishment has ended, Queen Elizabeth II has continued the practice and established it as a tradition.

    More than 25 kilometres were traversed today, equating to a lot of pedalling. Needless to say, Jason doesn't want to see another bicycle for a long time.
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  • Day1

    Getting here

    August 27, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    A whirlwind last week in Brisbane, which very sadly meant we were also saying goodbye to the lovely Mia as she left Australia to return to Kiel, Germany.

    It was always going to be an epic journey for the children, but they handled it well, and we arrived safely. There was an overload of movie watching and general amazement that we were served dinner three times in a row.Read more

  • Day59

    London

    June 8, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

    Feeling much more rested today! Catch up on E-mail and "life" in the AM. I have not done any shopping for 2 months and have a list of things I want to get here in London. So need to start on that today or, as usual, I will be shopping at the airport.

    A warm sunny day in London, the city sparkles. First off to go to the National Theater (for those of you who like theater this is the theater in London that does the filming of one of their performances that show in our movie houses) for tickets for Saturday. The National always has new/innovative and unusual remakes of old standards. They do more drama than musicals. Saw Angels in America here last year, this year it will be Julie. A old drama that I had not heard of before and it just opened last week. The gal who plays the lead was Princess Margaret in series The Crown - Vanessa Kirby. Will let you know.

    Then a wonderful lunch at one of my favorite London places - Wagamama. An upscale noodles place and they now have a location on the busy Southbank area of the Thames near the National and the Royal Festival Hall. Duck Ramen in the wonderful London sunshine. All is right with the world. On my way back to the tube, I went past the box office of a play I had been looking at, new, called the Moderate Soprano. I went in and, as luck would have it, they have a matinee on Saturdays, so bought a ticket. So double header tomorrow.

    Then off to Harrods for my annual trip around the store. The store is always changing and I continue to be amazed to understand how so many people really "shop" there. Harrods's defines upscale shopping for me. I just look for the Harrods gift store, get my mug and little things for friends that might appreciate the sentiment. A real treat today as I was walking by one of the many restaurants - an Italian and Pizzeria - and a chef (at least he was all dressed in white with a bakers hat) was singing Italian opera!! What fun! Did not get my camera out in time.

    Home for a "feet up" and change for the evening's outing. Tonight is the Harold Pinter drama - Consent. Had never seen and it was excellent. Acting was terrific and the rape subject is timely with the #metoo focus. An interesting way to approach a legal issue through the life of 3 couples. Would highly recommend.

    Miles: 7.5
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  • Day58

    London

    June 7, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

    Up to get organized for London. Did not even unpack last night, fell into bed. Spent AM time cleaning up and doing some theater planning. Have a list of plays I would like to see, have 5 days and plan on 5 or 6 plays. Off to "downtown" and the discount ticket kiosk. Got tickets for Dream Girls tonight and then went to the box office for Consent - a Harold Pinter drama - for tomorrow night. Got my Oyster (transportation card) for the week, walked around the usual hordes of tourists in the Piccadilly Circus area. Back to flat to get groceries at the Waitross (supermarket) right across the street.

    Lunch and some more planning time and out late afternoon for a walk in Holland Park with an entrance right across the street. Had been here last year in April and it was so beautiful with all the tulips in bloom. This year, all of the latest planting (I think they were iris) were gone and they are getting ready to replant the next annual. Some roses still left in the Rose Garden but not a lot there either. So not as pretty this year but still a huge park and so much more to see and do. Lots of babies in carriages, toddlers - some terrific kids playgrounds - and, as always in London, heard part of a rehearsal for their Opera in the Park series, and lots of people just out enjoying one of the fantastic London parks.

    I checked out the Kyoto Garden, a Japanese park within Holland Park. It is still very beautiful and comes up as one of the 5 best parks in London. Back to figure out the washing machine and out for the theater. Dream Girls was good, not great. I marvel at how many good singers there are in the world. This musical has a lot of them. The lead was terrific and one of the fellows (their manager for those of you who have seen the play) was also excellent. Walked around for a bit after the show to see the usual mobbed night life in this area (the West End theater district) of London at 11PM at night. Always fun - for just a little while.

    Miles: 7.5
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  • Day2

    Kensington Palace

    April 23, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    For those of you who don't know, Kensington Palace is where Prince William and Kate and their children live. This was also the home of Princess Margaret back in the day and the home of Princess Diana after the divorce. William and Harry were raised here.

    While we were here, the Royals were all at the Hospital since Kate just had a baby boy earlier today!

    Nottingham cottage where Harry and Meghan live is next door but I missed getting a photo of it. Oops.
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  • Day62

    Matilda and British museum

    August 16, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Today we went to the British Museum and saw Matilda the musical. We walked to the British museum and I recorded some notes and some photos while I was there. Firstly, (photo below) is a decorated limestone sxarphagus and is a coffin. It said that a boy aged 11-12 years died and put him in there.
    Secondly, the jar in the middle was used to make oil flash and was a perfume pot, made in 1857.
    Lastly, there was a iron tyre that was made in 300-200BC and the next picture is the wheel of the carriage.
    That was all I 📝 recorded down, but I also have another one. The Rosetta Stone had things written in 3languages. 1greek, 1hierogryphs, and the other one was the demotic script. I am happy that I learned that. :)
    I had raw salmon and rice and was deeeelicious!
    I didn't know if I would like Matilda, but I actually did. Everyone did. I got a Matilda Tshirt from Nanny and Grandads money,( thank you!!) Matilda was being played by Lilian Hardy, Miss trunchbull was being played by a man! and my favourite character was the mischievous 😏 🙏🙏(rubbing hands) boy called Bruce I think because he was funny. Very funny. Hahaha! But I realised it was very different from the book because in the book when I read it, it didn't have the part of Matilda's story, or Miss Honey was the actual child of Matilda's story and that Miss Trunchbull was related to her, so that was new to me! Matilda was fun and next I want to watch school of rock!
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Royal Kensington and Chelsea, Royal London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, KEC, KEN

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