Tuesday, February 28, 2023

First school visits in London

On 2/17/23, I arrived in London for my first school visits in the United Kingdom. But my initial catalyst to make the weeklong trip was not those speaking engagements. For what was, see the end of this post.

Hampton Court House
(one of the three schools I spoke at; 
it's housed in a handsome structure built in 1757)

exterior of HCH

Knightsbridge School

Eaton Square Prep School

Big Ben
(not a school)

Westminster Abbey

Buckingham Palace

Hampton Court Palace,
onetime home of Henry VIII and his VI wives

Kew Gardens

The Hive, a striking installation in Kew Gardens

A decade ago I found and interviewed the five women who appeared 
in the iconic video for "Addicted to Love" by Robert Palmer. 
On this trip, I met three of them in person. 
Mak Gilchrist gave me an articulate and fascinating tour of Kew Gardens.

Julie Pankhurst and Julia Bolino took me to a
popular meeting spot with character in spades.

I saw the musical inspired by Back to the Future.
I thought this was the funniest part.

speaking of funny (because tragedy plus time equals...)

again speaking of funny: three coffee shops in a row

I walked a lot in London.

The reason I planned the trip...my daughter would be in town,
returning from a five-week gap year service trip in Kenya.
I surprised her. At the airport at 6:30 am.

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