Sunday, 26 April 2015

On Tour with History and Literature

It has been rather quiet on the blog for the last week. That is because I have been to England and was too busy with sightseeing. The aim for the trip was to pursue my interests in history and literature. I had such a great time and it was all so interesting that I have hardly come back to the 21st century yet. Still lingering in the border land of historical events and writer houses and books.

During the next couple of weeks I will be sharing glimpses of my tour, and thoughts about what I have been seeing. Here a short itinerary of the trip.

  • The Tower of London (with a history since 1066 there is a lot to see)
  • Kensington Palace (Victoria Revealed, The Queen’s and King’s State Rooms)
  • Leicester in the footsteps of Richard III (very interesting)
  • Brighton (just enjoying a sunny day and a little bit of rest from sightseeing)
  • Dorchester in the footsteps of Thomas Hardy (both the cottage where he was born and Max Gate which he built and where he lived most of his life)
  • The Templar Church (beautiful; we have to see what Dan Brown wrote and what the Master of the Templar says about it)
  • Tate Britain (main aim to see the Pre-Raphaelites)

I cannot go around the lovely museum shops without buying books and this time also a few souvenirs! There was such a lot of interesting books on the people concerned. I also bought a guide book about Devon and Cornwall (future trip) and two books about quotes and sayings, all in all, 12 books and 1 booklet! The bag was somewhat more heavy on the way back than on the way out.

The posts about the above subjects will be mixed with reviews. In the pipe-line are two reviews of books I have read; one about Richard III and the Princes in the Tower by A.J. Pollard (non-fiction) and Desperate Romantics by Franny Moyle (non-fiction) about the Pre-Raphaelites. The reviews will include my ideas and thoughts from the visits.

Millais' 'Ophelia'

I hope there will be something for all of you in the upcoming posts. Please share your own experiences, ideas and thoughts.

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