First up was Portobello Market. Three words..."not for me". WAY too many people and not my kind of antiques.
Vemeer (small and beautiful in person) and a Rembrandt (absolutely stunning), van Gogh's Sunflowers (not a fan). But I have to say this more contemporary Klimt painting "Portrait of Hermine Gallia" (1904) stole my heart. The detail of the white dress was beautiful, with just touches of pink on her belt and cheeks. You can see a much better photo of the painting here to see how detailed the background is.
Walking back to the bus we passed this shop window. I mentioned to Jay that for US audiences (especially West Coast) that read Harry Potter, it was different world with very old buildings and great dining halls, old paintings and going to a store to buy school robes. But the fact is, JK Rowling didn't have to go far to find fodder for her books - apparently just to Oxford.
Russia and the Arts exhibit. You can see some of the portraits here. This is a small exhibit but worthwhile - the portraits are wonderful and since I am not planning to travel to Moscow, I thought I better see them here).
Thursday we took the train out to Hampton Court to see Henry VIII's place. There was so much to see that we ended up staying all day...and we didn't even make it to the maze which I heard was very cool.
We finished the day with a visit to Kensington Palace and another play, Wicked.
Canterbury was so picturesque. You could actually take a boat ride down the canal. I think that would have been fun!
I believe they have 3 guided tours a day. We were able to take one with only 10 other people. The cost of the 1 1/2 hour tour? 5 pounds ($7.50 US) An absolute bargain for a personal guide that was so very knowledgeable about the cathedral. Definitely the best 5 pounds we spent in all of England.
now carry on,