Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Sunday Salon

Another Sunday, come and gone! I’ve been reading Viragos this past week; Kate O'Brien's The Land of Spices, and now I’m halfway through Vita Sackville-West’s All Passion Spent, which is stunning. I had no idea I’d find a novel about an elderly woman so engaging! I think that Vita Sackville-West is becoming one of my favorite authors; she certainly had an interesting, unusual life.

In other news, my sister and I have booked a trip… to England in September! We’re going to London, then taking the train up to York for three or four days, and then back to London—so about 9 or ten days total. The last time I was there was 2009; and it’s been at least ten or fifteen years since my sister went. I’m really excited to get to York, where I’ve never been; all that medieval history really fascinates me. Obviously, book shopping is on my list of things to do (I’m making a beeline for the Persephone shop right off the plane!), and I want to go see Much Ado About Nothing at the new Globe Theatre. My sister is into art and art galleries, so I’m sure we’ll have a lot to do while we’re over there. Any suggestions on where to go or what to do? We’re also trying to figure out where to eat while we’re there.

So that’s about it for me!


prerna pickett said...

How exciting! Love all your reviews :)

joan.kyler said...

I would recommend the Courtauld Gallery, if you haven't been there. It's a great small museum right off the strand. Also, Sir john Soane's Museum in London.

You're so lucky to be going to England. I've been there many time but it's been ages since I've been there. York is beautiful. You'll have a great time!

John (London) said...

To eat: the Tate Modern restaurant on the top floor has great views across the river if you get there early for the best tables.Good food. When I was there they had v. good bottle conditioned ale from the Kernel Brewery which is local. The new wing of the Nationaql Gallery also has a nice restaurant upstairs with good view Trafalgar Square. The centre of Chinese food in London is Gerrard Street which is a short walk from Charing Cross Road which still has several bookshops.
I recmmend 2 interesting pubs: The Harp in Chandos Place off Trafalgar square serves real ale in excellent condition, and the Jerusalem Tavern in Britton Street Clerkenwell is little changed from when it was a coffee house in the 18thC.


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