This weekend I had my first opportunity to play host. Kathleen came to London and I was so excited to show her around because I have a good grasp of the city and have established my places and what I enjoy doing. This weekend was also a high school reunion of sorts because Karen is spending the year at LSE. So with two London aficionados Kathleen was prepared for the weekend of her life!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Kathleen arrived at Heathrow with no problems and took the tube to Baker Street. I met here there and she settled into my flat before we met Karen for lunch at the Volunteer, my favourite local pub!
That night we decided to go for tapas at Las Iguanas because it is located along the Thames River. A spot that is usually picturesque except on Thursday it was raining buckets.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Up at the crack of dawn for a school sponsored trip to Oxford. But the first stop was Blenheim Palace.
I feel like sometimes God gives me signs that I should be a Vanderbilt, or maybe I just like to believe that! Basically what I am trying to say is that Consuelo Vanderbilt married the Duke of Marlborough and lived in Blenheim Palace for several years. And for those of you that know me, I have been to the Vanderbilt home in Newport, Rhode Island twice. On both occasions I have decided I would have liked to live there.
Anyway, snapping back to reality, we then went to the city of Oxford. The city has a small market in it with concession like vendors. We got baguettes with various toppings for lunch and then met our tour guide for a special look at Oxford University. While I did enjoy the tour I felt as though a lot of the traditions and architecture are seen in American universities today. One courtyard in particular reminded me of Princeton University.
To be continued…