Monday, October 11, 2010

Abbey Road!

Here I am at the famous zebra-striped crosswalk where the Beatles crossed for the cover of Abbey Road. The crowd you see behind me stands in front of the Abbey Road Studios where the Beatles recorded the album. This is a DANGEROUS intersection as there is no stop sign/light to stop the traffic. Several people were almost hit because the traffic was moving along quickly and the pedestrians were being idiots. Anyway, I had to wait for about 10 minutes until it was my turn as many people were trying to get their photos and had no idea there was a que.

And here I am....crossing the road!

These white posts in front of the Abbey Road Studios are covered in graffiti. I took pictures of a lot of it but I liked this post the best.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Where she walked...

This picture is of me standing in front of the gates to Kensington Palace. If you don't know why this place is very special to me...then read on.

If you know me then you know of my love for Princess Diana. When in London I wanted to visit Kensington Palace, her London residence. The picture above is of my feet in the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. The water was ice cold! There was a sign that spoke of the design for the fountain - there were rough spots and smooth spots, much like the life of the Princess. It said that she would love knowing that you had taken off your shoes and put your feet in...so I did.

This is me in front of the gardens of Kensington Palace. Princess Diana used to sun herself in these gardens and she used them often to go outside and let go of whatever issues were coming up in her life. I love knowing that I likely walked on a point of the earth where she's been.

This memorial is in Harrod's. I do not think that Princess Diana was interested in Dodi as more than just a fling. An "engagement ring" is at this memorial in plexiglas. I refuse to believe it. She would have lost custody of her children and she would never have let that happen.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

I love cookies...

I saw these this morning and just had to share. They are absolutely adorable!! These would have been so cute when my kids were in school and I was room mom. Click here for the directions...

Friday, October 08, 2010

Hmm...

I've always teased my sister Roxanne that she's adopted. But after seeing this photo I'm thinking maybe I'm really the adopted one!!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Europe, continued...

One of my favorite things in London was taking the Jack-the-Ripper tour. I found out so many interesting things! The picture above is the Ten Bells Pub. The Ten Bells is a Victorian public House on the East End of London. It is notable for its association with two victims of Jack the Ripper, Annie Chapman and Mary Kelly.

Between 1976 and 1988, the public house was named The Jack the Ripper, and memorabilia relating to the case was displayed in the bars. The brewery ordered the change back to its original name after a long campaign demanded that a murderer of women should not be commemorated in such a fashion.

This is a picture of Phillip Hutchinson. He was our tour-guide and has written several books on the subject. He was fascinating!

This is a building by the Ten Bells Pub. Quite phallic, isn't it?