Monday, August 2, 2010

Day 34: One Sweet Dream Came True (guitar riff...) Today!! YES IT DID! (Ah! Ah! Ahh ahh..)

Today we slept in. It was MUCH needed after our last two early-bird days.

We got into town around noon (it's a 45 minute commute into the city centre - note my sweet British spelling, thanks) and began by heading to the Euston station to recover Spencer's computer which he left on the train that we took from Liverpool to London. He probably wouldn't want me telling you that this happened, but I am because it is a story of triumph, victory and a twenty-pound penalty fee.

Then we went to Abbey Road! A glorious, metaphorical maraschino cherry on top of the perverbial ice cream sundae of this week. It was neat to see, all though the wall outside the studio is all covered up in writing and graffiti. I suppose people think they're being clever or sentimental by writing their favorite Beatles lyrics or Beatles-associated thoughts on a wall, but really I think it's sad. It looks terrible, but ah well.

Then went to the Portabello Market off of Notting Hill Gate. Something I'd never done before. Lots for sale, and very overwhelming, but fun. It was a very different part of town that I've/we've otherwise seen, so that was neat.

Then we went to Hyde Park which, unfortunately, looks pretty terrible because all the grass is dead. The Kensington gardens were beautiful, and the flowers were in full bloom, but the big, open grass fields of Hyde Park are totally crispy and brown. Guess it's been a dry summer. And hey! Good news! The Peter Pan statue is still there. We checked on that today, and took pictures :)

The evening was spent at the Phoenix theater to see "Blood Brothers." Quite good. Especially the 90's era synthesizer and Kenny-G inspired sax licks. Other than that, though, really, the musical was very, very good. The actors were incredible and the story line was good, too. Neither Spencer or I really knew what to expect, so it was a pleasant surprise.

Overall, today was a wonderful day and tomorrow will bring a lovely close to our European adventure with the tower of London, Tate Modern, Globe theater and 39 Steps matinee and Chicago evening performances.


  1. Blooooooood Brothersssss.

    I wanted to see that so bad when I was there but no one would go with me.

    You'll die about 39 Steps. Be sure to watch the original and the new BBC dramas when you get home.

    (Appropriately, the word verification is "actors.")

  2. In the Disney movie, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson go to Portobello Road--fun song and dancing part of the movie. Check out the lyrics because they sound like what you've described; here's the first stanza:
    Portobello road, Portobello road
    Street where the riches of ages are stowed.
    Anything and everything a chap can unload
    Is sold off the barrow in Portobello road.
    You'll find what you want in the Portobello road.