Friday, April 21, 2006

Light blogging coming up

For reasons that will be obvious later, there will be some light blogging this weekend. Please consider this an invitation to use the comments board as an open thread.

OK, to encourage discussion, I will pose the following question:

Outside of the Werbenmanjensen flat, the biggest attraction for me in London is _______.


Blogger Schmutz said...

The biggest attraction in London (other than the W's flat) is "The Mousetrap" because when we were in London 30+ years ago and "The Mousetrap" had been playing for 20 years, it was sold out when we tried to get tickets. It's still playing and I'd still like to see it. I'd also like to see St. Paul's Cathedral since I've never been there the other times I've visited London (and see the Bird Lady singing "Feed the Birds").

8:07 PM  
Blogger Middle Kid said...

The biggest attraction in London to me (outside of Smitty and the Mrs., of course) is the history. I'm really looking forward to seeing a lot of historical places. I really want to show my children the places they are reading about in their history lessons and I want to see things I missed last time I was in there (16 years ago, now). Mr. MK wants to see the inside of many pubs.

9:56 PM  
Blogger curmudgeon said...

This is not exactly London, but I'd like to go through the locks at Oxford again as I did many years ago. I'd also like to go to the former water mill just outside Oxford that has a picturesque bridge across a small stream with certain family significance.

2:16 PM  
Blogger oldest kid said...

Since you have restricted me to something outside of the W's flat, I would say I really want to see the Tower of London. I'm hoping to see Ann Boleyn "with her head tucked underneath her arm." (If I was more computer savy I'd have a link here to a wonderful song about same) I also really want to see the British museum (is that where the giant squid is?) and for Mr. OK, I've picked out Vinopolis: City of Wine, where the tour comes with a number of tastings.

7:04 PM  
Anonymous fatslug the impetuous said...

"The Mousetrap" is still playing? Good heavens! That WOULD be a must-see, if only to keep Agatha Christie's heirs in Bentleys and polo ponies!

With Smitty and Mrs. W. being the linchpins, of course, I really can't narrow down what I'd most like to see in London. I imagine I should prioritize what I haven't seen yet (St. Paul's, Hampstead Heath), but London is such a feast that it's almost impossible to single out one thing. I can only quote the inimitable Dr. Johnson: "He who is tired of London is tired of life." It's just as true now as it was in 1776.

12:13 PM  
Blogger oldest kid said...

From what I read, you can still visit one of Johnson's old hangouts, Ye Old Cheshire Cheese. He also said "there is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn."

12:48 PM  
Blogger oldest kid said...

Well, I've been doing more reading about London and have found two more items of interest to see. First is the statue of Mrs. Pankhurst which is in the gardens beside the Victoria Tower of the House of Parliament. The second is the Rokeby Venus in the National Gallery. It was slashed by suffragettes in 1914 and supposedly if you look careully you can see where they stitched it back up!

7:32 PM  

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