Thursday, May 05, 2005

England Scotland Travelogue - Day Thirteen

Friday, 2 June 2000 London

Not a bad day at all. We went to the Globe Theater and got our tickets for the 2 pm Hamlet. We then wandered around and had some lunch. We got back there about 1:15 to stand in line. We talked to a couple of people and then got our "seats" as Groundlings. I say that because as Groundlings, we were on the floor in front of the stage. In fact, it was front row for Hamlet at the Globe theatre in London.

It was great. The acting was strong and you felt like you were there 400 years ago. We stood the whole time except intermission and then we couldn’t stretch out. They obviously cut some scenes out and one that I didn’t understand, like between Hamlet and the Norweigan Captain (Act IV, Scene 4) when Hamlet says that all his thoughts would be bloody. I’ve always considered that the turning point of the play. Anyway, we really enjoyed all three hours.

We then went back to Harrods and got Sheryl a bag and me an England Football cap. Then to Hyde Park to see Speaker’s Corner and then to the Barry. We had dinner at a nice little Italian place up the road from Paddington Station. Finally, home to pack and ready to go to our real home, Nashville.

Before the Globe, we went to Westminster Abbey again to get some shirts for family and on our way back, Westminster Station closed down because of a bomb threat. We didn’t know it at the time, so we weren’t scared, just curious. It turned out to be a false alarm, which was good, but I understand the precautions after the Hammersmith Bridge bomb yesterday.

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Day Three
Day Two
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