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The Sunday Salon


It’s another Sunday! I’ve been busy this weekend, preparing for vacation starting on Friday: cleaning and laundry, and some preliminary packing. My sister and I are going to London and York for ten days, and the more I research, the more excited I get about this trip! We are spending two days in London before we hop on a train to York for three, and then back down to London for the rest of the time. It’ll be fun to get back there and explore: the museums, theater, food (I’ve been craving Indian food all week), and of course book shopping!

I think the first place we’re stopping is the Persephone shop; I can’t wait to get back! I also look forward to getting back to the British Museum, which I visited twice on my last trip and only managed to scratch the surface of. We’re going to be seeing Much Ado About Nothing at the new Globe Theatre—a play I’ve read and seen the movie of, but never actually seen performed. I don’t plan on bringing many books on vacation with me, because I anticipate buying a lot, but I do need to bring (and read) an ARC of a book I need to write a review of before October 1. And I’m also thinking about bringing Helene Hanff’s The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street, the account she wrote of traveling to London after her twenty-year correspondence with Frank Doel and his family. Not completely inappropriate, no? And I may want to dig up my copy of Much Ado for a re-read on the plane...

I’ve never been to York before, but with my obsessive interest in medieval history, I’m really excited to be going there. It seems as though everything can be reached on foot, so getting around won’t be a problem. I’m so excited to be going, I can’t even tell you! It’s been a good distraction against the earthquake and hurricane we’ve had here, although the hurricane wasn’t as bad as everyone thought it was going to be! We had the heavy rain last night and strong wind, and the only damage that I saw was a few small tree branches down, so that was good. With regards to the earthquake, I have a good friend who lives only about 30 miles away from where it happened, so I was a little nervous for him. But to be honest, my family lived in Tokyo for many years and we experienced much, much worse; in school we’d have earthquake drills instead of fire drills! So lots of excitement this week, with no serious adverse effects.

How was your week?

Comments

Amanda said…
Oh lucky you! Have fun!! Post photos! Much Ado About Nothing is my favorite Shakespeare play.
Daphne said…
Have a great time! We had to skip York on our last trip but if we go back next year I'm hoping to get up there so you'll have to let me know the good places to go.
Andi said…
Have a wonderful trip!
Jess said…
84 Charing Cross Road is one of my favourite books. Like most people, my top ten list changes each time I'm asked but 84 Charing Cross Road would consistently be in there somewhere.

I'm sorry to say that the building itself is now a restaurant but I suppose that's better than the building not being there at all. And there is a plaque on the outside.

Anyway, I hope you have a good time in London. I need to get back there soon too. The last time would have been last December, my mum and I booked into serviced apartments in Covent Garden for a weekend. (It felt like we'd had a week's holiday afterwards, it was wonderful) That's one place I always make time for, Covent Garden.

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