Saturday, November 05, 2005

London--HAPPY DAY!!

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Here I am, outside the exit of the Globe Theater. This was only a pass-through, while we were waiting to board the London Eye. I was rather excited nevertheless. We came back the next day for the actual tour. Maybe we COULD have had a tour this day, but Pamela and I completely missed the entrance, walked all the way around the theater to the exit and went in there. Then we stopped at Starbucks! Starbucks is another beautiful thing about London. I could get my favorite hot chocolate. We then decided we should head on back to the EYE.

This is actually a recreation of Shakespeare's Globe, not very far from the site of the original Globe. It's as exact a copy as they could do with modern safety requirements, and the like. Completely FASCINATING! The tour was great. Just the way I like them--short and to the point. Not too much yakety-yak about every little detail. Perfect!

Those of you who know me will know that I kind of like Shakespeare. So this was a special treat for me...

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The gate is a work of art! They employed some incredible number of smiths (or something) to contribute to this gate. It's pretty nifty.

But when we got inside...
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After Notting Hill, we were so tired that the first exciting thing we found was a sofa in the ladies' restroom. We were loathe to leave it. I had considered USING the restroom, but I never made it past the sofa. We had to really consider...should we go and see the exhibit before the tour?? Yeah, I guess we should. So off we went!

Then, and I am almost ashamed to admit it, but Beth and I both felt the same way...there were WAY too many things to read in the exhibit! We had no interest in that! There were walls of words!!! No way! And yes, I am an English teacher! What could they really tell us that we wouldn't already know anyway?? We wanted VISUALS!!

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This was a start!

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This was a model of the theater "auditorium." Good thing I took this picture, because it was impossible to get this shot inside the real theater from our vantage points.

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Neat!!

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I like these kinds of things. Shows the creativity and importance of Shakespeare (whoever he was).

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I liked this poster simply because I use that phrase a lot and there it was, with a picture of Shakespeare. Since I didn't read anything, I have to guess that this is about the identity question of Shakespeare. Hmm. Bacon, DeVere, James I? Maybe. Who cares? The play's the thing! (The plays are...the thing).

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So here we were enjoying what we could see of the exhibit, and I noticed the groovy ceiling panels...so who was lying down on the floor, in the middle of the big exhibit room taking pictures of the ceiling? Yes, your truly. And I am not sorry! =)

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Earth and moon...far out!

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David, our guide, had a lovely accent, I must say. I don't love all the British accents, but his was nice.

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The stage!

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Stage ceiling, with its depiction of all 12 zodiac signs.

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Scales! And I am not just taking this picture because it is my sign. Some of my FAVORITE people are also Libras...OK, there has to be at least one I could name! Somewhere out there. =)

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The tour doesn't take people ON stage, so this was as close as I could get to my theater debut. =)

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The view FROM the Globe is as good as the view OF the Globe, I dare say.

2 Comments:

Blogger eilenemgray said...

Hi keke

12:05 PM  
Blogger Elaine said...

Ky, couldn't you have taken a photo of the entire ceiling so we could see what they all look like, not just the "virgo"....sure I believe you. You didn't take the photo of "your" zodiac sign...wink wink...LOL!! Great photos as usual. I was wondering why no photos of the "strange tennis". Now I'm currious as to what the game and courts actually looked like. Yeah, you know what you're doing.

12:41 PM  

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