Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tower of London

How I spent my Summer Vacation - Part 1
Because I am slow on the draw - especially when it comes to posting and social media, my vacation is being shared in the afterlife. This summer my husband and I got to take an extraordinary (and well needed) extended vacation. We spent a few weeks trekking thru Europe (about 1200 miles of trekking). 

First stop - London 
Flight - just like I like them "uneventful"
Train to station - fast and easy
Station into cab to hotel - comfortable
Hotel - room ready at 8:00 a.m. - A definite bonus
Breakfast - spectacular 
Trying to stay awake - difficult - but abated by a lovely walk to the Stables an outdoor flea market - converted from Victorian stables - absolutely fabulous.
Nap-time - ahhhh
Dinner - yummy preceded by a lovely walk to Primrose Park (photos on another post)
Sleep - my circadian cycle has landed in London 

Trips and vacation as you well know can pick up energy and go into a vortex of no return or a lovely path of enlightenment and enjoyment. Fortunately we had the latter, this vacation went smoothly and might I say perfectly. 

The Tower of London has always been one of favorite places to visit; it is full of history, intrigue and romance. A bonus to this day was an art installment by Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper, 100 years since the first World War; each poppy was to honor a fallen soldier. It was a spectacular display of color, dimension and most of all emotion. So thankful I was there in person. 

(from their website)
To commemorate the centennial of Britain’s involvement in the First World War, ceramic artist Paul Cumminsand stage designer Tom Piper conceived of a staggering installation of ceramic poppies planted in the famous dry moat around the Tower of London. Titled “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red,” the final work will consist of 888,246 red ceramic flowers—each representing a British or Colonial military fatality—that flow through grounds around the tower.
Volunteers began placing the poppies several weeks ago and the process will continue through the summer until a final flower is symbolically planted on November 11th. You can read more about the project over on theHistoric Royal Palaces website, and see the volunteers’ progress by following the #TowerPoppies hashtag on Twitter.
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