The Faberge Easter Egg Hunt has started. Artists have decorated over 200 eggs to be auctioned off for charity. As I wandered around Sloane Square today, I stumbled upon 4 of them. My favorite was the Peacock. The weirdest was the black egg with 3 legs inside the Peter Jones window. Eh??
- Hunting giant Easter eggs in London (thriftyabroad.wordpress.com)
Anna, Michael, and I headed to the British Museum during the day on New Year’s Eve.
We split up for about an hour or so to explore different areas. First, Anna and I went to one of the galleries on China, where we explored Chinese bronzes, porcelains, and religious objects.
We then headed to the Elgin marbles, otherwise known as the Parthenon Marbles.
After reading about the controversy on whether the marbles should be returned to Greece, Anna and I agreed that we think the marbles should stay in London. They are a treasure that all of Western Civilization shares, and they are appropriately displayed and protected at the British Museum, as well as several other locations.
In the evening, we enjoyed seeing the play, The Ladykillers, a comedy about a little old lady and a group of 5 criminals. Because the tube was overcrowded, we ended up walking back to our flat in the rain, while Anna headed off to a New Year’s party. Michael stayed up to watch the New Year’s fireworks from our flat, and Anna walked back to our flat around 2 am.
The next morning as we headed out, some streets near our flat were blocked off by the police. Apparently there was an argument (or a row as they say here) in a nearby wine bar that resulted in a shooting homicide at around 4 am. Some of the streets were still blocked this morning. Flowers were left in memory of the victim.
I feel a bit unsettled, but I’m so happy Anna didn’t stay out any later than she did.
It’s hard to believe that Christmas was almost a week ago! Besides celebrating birthdays, our London Christmas included:
Mass at St. Etheldreda’s:
Opening presents around the olive tree:
Anna liked the fingerless mitts that I knitted, and Mary liked the owl umbrella I bought in Dubai:
We enjoyed a turkey dinner, with stuffing, sweet potatoes and apples, carrots and leeks, and roasted brussel sprouts. In England, turkey and brussel sprouts are traditionally served for Christmas.
We opened Christmas crackers:
and wore the silly little paper crowns on our heads:
and we enjoyed mince pies and Christmas pudding for dessert — well, Mary didn’t enjoy them so much!
Michael ate a little too much:
Last night for Michael’s birthday, we enjoyed an English Christmas tradition – a pantomime show in East London. This is not what we Americans traditionally think of pantomime, like the mime Marcel Marceau. It’s a musical show of a well-known story (we saw Cinderella) that includes lots of silly jokes, cross-dressing actors, and audience participation. We had lots of fun, and Michael thought it was one of his favorite theater experiences ever! Tomorrow we see the Wizard of Oz in the West End.
Late last night, the girls returned from a 36 hour trip to Paris in time to celebrate Anna’s birthday today!
Since many of the main tourist sites were closed, we headed down to Borough Market to do some last minute food/gift shopping.
After a brief visit to Southwark Cathedral, we walked back to the flat via Millennium Bridge past St. Paul’s.
Anna jumped for joy to learn that we were picking up a birthday cake at a Paul’s bakery.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!