Trip Start Sep 13, 2012
12Trip End Sep 22, 2012
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While Marty stayed on, I walked over the Millennium Bridge (no Deatheaters today!) and caught a bus to Trafalgar Square. After making a lunch of the delicious bread pudding in the Crypt Cafe at St Martin in the Fields, I walked over to the National Gallery. After a morning viewing contemporary and avant garde art, I longed for old stuff
Meanwhile, Marty left the Tate and walked a bit on the south bank of the Thames, passing the reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, and visiting the Southwark Cathedral. We had not realized that London south of the Thames has been its own diocese, Southwark, for about a hundred years. Though the church's status as a cathedral started then, there has been a church on this site for at least a thousand years. Before it became the cathedral, it was St. Savior Church. (Jessica and family, take note!)
In the evening, we went to see a production of Henry V in a tiny theatre above the Red Lion Theatre Pub. We planned to eat there only to find that the pub only has food at lunch. So we went around the corner for pizza. That was fine, as we were getting a bit bored with pub food anyway.
The production was interesting:
It drew parallels between Henry's war and Bush and Blair's actions in Iraq. We found it interesting and often well acted but flawed. I don't think they really brought off the comparison in a consistent way. But it was fun to get out to some experimental theatre in this great theatre city.