Reading London: A Chance Encounter Down Memory Lane, Literally

Don’t you love it when you’re reading a book and the character unexpectedly goes to a place you’ve been? It’s like you’re joining in the adventure, walking down the street with them. As an avid reader and traveler, that happens to me quite a bit – I seek books set in the cities I treasure and hope for these chance encounters down a literal memory lane.

51ljkfpffvl-_sx332_bo1204203200_My most recent travel-serendipity experience was this week as I was reading Sarah-Jane Stratford’s latest book, “Radio Girls”.  Set in 1920’s London, it highlights that pivotal time after WWI as British women won the right to vote, the Nazi movement began to rumble in Germany and the BBC was new and on its to becoming that bastion of news and information we know today. It was a wonderful read, and, having finished it this morning before dawn, I miss the plucky and smart main character already.  Here she is as she happened on a street from my most recent London trek:

“Maisie turned from them and held her breath, waiting for the entrance onto the Strand, this last mile of the marathon. So many magnificent buildings to pass on the way, the Royal Courts of Justice, the charming and appropriately antique Twinings tea shop, and then at last, the Savoy Hotel, an almost-palace on a street that once boasted palaces.”

How cool! I was just there earlier this month, walking down the Strand toward Picadilly, taking in the sights and sounds of that wonderful city I love with camera in hand. I felt just like Maisie: “so many magnificent buildings to pass on the way.” The Royal Courts of Justice are gorgeous, and my quick photos do not do justice…

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And here I am at the famous entrance to Twinings (the venerable tea shop), which was, as Maisie said, “charming and appropriately antique,” even when she fictionally strolled the Strand back in 1926.

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I haven’t made it to the Savoy yet, but it’s on the list. Maybe next time…

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Haiku for Highgate Cemetery

I had the good fortune to be in London on a Saturday recently with free time to roam and a friend to share the journey.

Highgate Cemetery called to us, and we answered.

It was a typical London afternoon, cool and foggy, with the subtle air of mystery and contained excitement that the city always holds for me – just perfect for roaming through this “garden cemetery” that was opened almost 180 years ago and is home to the remains of over 170,000.  It was awesome.

I’ll share more about Highgate Cemetery on another day, with some of the best pictures, but for now, just a few images with a haiku to set the stage. I hope you’ll see why this beautiful, rambling and nature-lush landmark was so enchanting, and how we longed to know the stories of the dead and those who grieve them.

here lies…mysteries
stone tablet forget-you-nots
forest of secrets

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Cemeteries always become center stage during the Halloween season, but I don’t understand how anyone could see this nature- and memory-preserve as spooky. While it is a monument to thousands of deaths, it speaks of peace and memories, and even life.

Stay tuned – more to come.

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Haiku: “Pick-Me-Up” for Busy Women

I’m on a big ol’ work trip, with no time to blog and barely enough time to sleep. (Not complaining – I absolutely love my job!!) While work keeps my colleagues and me super-busy, on the evenings and weekends, the cameras and appetites are unstoppable! I’ll be revisiting these experiences and posting stuff in the days and weeks to come.  For now, a haiku to accompany this photo, referencing my travel companion and colleague and our Saturday morning need for a “pick-me-up” in London.

we each need a jolt:
a cappuccino for me;
she – a diet coke.

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Pick-me-up choices courtesy of Coppa Club, just opposite of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London

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Two Haiku: International Flight Hopes

o please let me keep
an empty seat beside me ~
i’ve been a good girl

– or this –

international
brings out my antisocial:
don’t sit beside me!

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Please don’t judge me, Dear Readers. I just can’t forget that time that guy talked for 9 hours straight, from Amsterdam to the US. The seat next to me is empty, and boarding ends in ten minutes. Fingers crossed!

Hiking Around Jefferson Lake in Autumn

When we are at Little House in the Rockies, we try to take in as much of the wonderful central Colorado environment around us as possible.

Today we visited Jefferson Lake, our first time in the fall weather. It is a beautiful, calm body of water nestled high among 12K+ mountains in the South Park National Heritage Area. We’ve been there before, in the cold, cold summer (we saw snow on the ground during 4th of July week in 2014), but hadn’t done the full hike or seen the fall colors.

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Jefferson Lake in the summer of 2014…brrrr!

This is a worthwhile trip! The 1.5 mile trail that circles the lake might be called an “easy hike” by experienced hikers, but I think “moderate” is a better term. There’s an easy part, but about half of the trail requires a little more endurance and careful footing – and hiking boots, definitely.

If you decide to do the whole circle of the trail, start on the more challenging side by going to the left and traversing the trail clockwise. When you get to the furthest point from the start, you’ll be able to walk along the “beach”, and it is all downhill from there (figuratively; it’s actually pretty flat for the second half).  The whole trail hike took us about 2 hours, which included many, many photo-op stops, as you can see.

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The verdict: Jefferson Lake is gorgeous in autumn.  Can you hear it calling your name? Find out more here: Jefferson Lake Recreation Area.

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