There was a great exhibit by Louise Bourgeois, one of my favorite artists. I really liked seeing her sketches and color work.
We even had Tofu Baby try the interactive screens! You could draw and paint whatever you would like on a screen, then everyone’s works of art were projected above the drawing screens, so everyone could share and enjoy each work of art!
You can see Tower of London from here, too. We did not get to visit the Tower, as there was a threat and that tube stop was closed for the day. We had a nice walk over the Thames, so many people were taking pictures on the bridge, I think it is famous for being in a scene in Harry Potter (you can read about it here, on the HP Wiki.
We walked all around Saint Paul’s Cathedral. It was beautiful and people were hanging out all around taking tourist pictures. We joined right in! I also picked some lavender from the small garden for my scrapbook, but it accidentally went through the wash in my dress pocket! So sad!
We spent most of the day at the museum and then went to have a quick dinner from the tube station that we took back to the hotel. We hurried back to the station and had to get in the line for the ultimate show of a lifetime! We saw KATE BUSH BEFORE THE DAWN!
We had seats in the balcony level, we filed in the sold out show with all the Kate Bush fans! After we purchased souvenirs- I got a shirt, feather pin, and a program. Photos were not allowed during the performance, so I took some inside before the show.
This was the first set of the show, where Kate Bush played a set of songs, opening with “Lily,” and “Hounds of Love.” There was a full band, back up singers (that included her son), and lights. If you thought the whole show was going to be like this, think again. I made sure not to read anything about the shows before heading to London. I did not know any of the set list or theatrics ahead of time. It was like waiting for Christmas, what a surprise. It was difficult not to see or read about the shows before we arrived, but I managed to be surprised for the show we saw. After about six songs, she performed the Ninth Wave, complete with costumes, puppets, video, stage sets, and plenty of theatrics. It was so amazing to see this story realized the way Kate intended. I especially liked the scene for “Under Ice,” “Jig of Life,” and “Dream of Sheep.”
The second set was music from “Aerial,” a long lulling song at first taking you through the dawn, complete with sunrise and birds waking. It was all so beautiful and colorful. It really made you feel like you were in another world for the entire show. I was in the meadow, listening to bird calls and watching them take flight! Moving to evening then night, things got crazy before the finale. No spoilers on this blog, you will have to wait for the dvd.
And we made it! What a great show. I never expected what I saw. It was really a unique show that I have never experienced a concert quite like that. Each piece played perfectly, and Kate’s voice sounded super, and so much detail and thought put into the show. I have never been to a show with so many standing ovations, beaming love from the audience, and so mach excitement. It was wonderful.
After lunch in Covent Garden, we walked to SOHO. Then, Alessi lured us into SOHO’S ORIGINAL BOOK SHOP, Soho’s oldest bookshop. They specialized in bargain books and…ahem…adult-style books, magazines, and paraphernalia…
This is the street where the band OASIS photographed the cover to their album, “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?”…Missy and I somehow managed to stay out of the two record stores on that street:
We turned a corner and found ourselves on CARNABY STREET, the epicenter of all things fashionable and mod…
From Carnaby Street, Alessi showed us where to find the LIBERTY OF LONDON department store, London’s premier purveyor of fine home goods and gifts, mostly known for their collection of floral prints on fabric. After exhaustively perusing multiple floors filled to the brim with all kinds of wonderful things, we finally bid farewell to Alessi and then hopped on The Tube to the LONDON EYE…
We stopped to use the loo at the nearby LONDON AQUARIUM and ran into LUCIANO PAVOROTTI:
Missy took out her TRAVEL TOFU BABY for some photos along the THAMES RIVER, with BIG BEN and PARLIAMENT in the background. In full tourist mode, we slowly made our way across WESTMINSTER BRIDGE towards the clock tower:
From Big Ben and Parliament, we made our way over to the impressive WESTMINSTER ABBEY, where we marveled at all the architectural and sculptural details. Unfortunately, the Abbey seemed to be closed for renovations so we went into a nearby chapel instead. We were relieved to find an outlet under one of the pews where we could recharge Jean’s phone, which had just run out of power. HALLELUJAH! A MIRACLE! we exclaimed. We took the opportunity to rest our weary legs while the phone recharged. Missy took some time to light some candles for our loved ones…
After recharging at Westminster Abbey, we rushed over to TRAFALGAR SQUARE as the sun started to set. The last time I was here, the whole square was filled with protesters…now it was filled with tourists enjoying a lazy afternoon. On foot, we circled back to SOHO where we had dinner and ended our adventure…
We finally had FISH & CHIPS in England, albeit the vegetarian version. It was in the SECRET TEA ROOM above the COACH & HORSES pub in Soho, one of the best places to find vegetarian pub grub. It was the perfect end to a long day of exploring: