Archive for the 'London' Category

Tower of London – Shadows and Candles

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Tower of London

Come inside the Tower of London at night! It’s almost like being an “extra” in a Hollywood film, and it feels surreal.

Can you imagine walking those cobblestones and seeing the Tower as most people have, throughout the centuries, without the trappings of modern times? Spooky. Shadowy, with the potential for terror, if you get yourself wrapped-up in the history there.

If you are organized and leave enough time for your invitation, you may be lucky enough to be only 1 of 30 people, every summer evening, who get to witness The Ceremony of the Keys, a guard-duty which has occurred nightly for 700 years, without fail. Wow!

Read where and how to apply for your invitation in my longer article Ceremony of the Keys, Tower of London, application process

Walk the cobblestones that Queen Ann Bolelyn and Sir Walter Raleigh did, or just come to the Tower of London to enjoy its 1,000 year history in a whole new “light” (candle-light!).

Have fun!

©2009 Mystic at Travel Vacation Review

London’s Parks – Part 2

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

Many of the plants in your garden are there because British botanical scientists brought them from the wilds of the ends-of-the-earth, hundreds of years ago, and then they cultivated them and hybridized them at Kew Gardens.

In many cases, the Royal Botanical Garden, in London, is the most significant botanical “ark” on the planet, and the work it does today is critical. In fact, the fine gardens at Kew have been declared a World Heritage Site.

Apart from the beauty all around, use your visit to learn so much from the gardeners and scientists at hand, in its well laid out grounds. And, be sure to bring your camera (it’s a photographic paradise)!

It’s important to understand when visiting Kew, that your admission fees will help to maintain the tens of thousands of plants for which these gardens are their only ecological life-line. Seed banks and all kinds of first-lines of defense (against ecological disaster and extinction) do begin here.

Your tourist money couldn’t be spent in a better place or for a better reason. Try to add Kew to your London itinerary; it’s a one-of-a kind sight. Read more in my article on these fabulous Royal Botanical Gardens.

©2009 Mystic at Travel Vacation Review

London’s Parks Part 1

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

London is a vast, cosmopolitan city and yet it has a genuinely local feeling, especially when you visit neighborhood parks and gardens.

There are some very significant options for you to choose from.  My longer article shares many, some well-known, others off the beaten tourist track.

Many parks can be used for your recreational down-time and as exercise venues; others are historical or places to learn in a world-class center. All are interesting!

Also, by going to parks, you increase the likelihood of meeting some local people along the way (which is one of the great benefits of getting out into the real London, away from tourist spots).

So, bring your running shoes or come by bike, bus, train or car. Bring a picnic to some of the parks, and always bring your camera! Use my longer articles to have fun.  Read more about these great, easy-to-find spots within London.

You can read more articles in my London parks series here:
London is a vast, cosmopolitan city and yet it has a genuinely local feeling, especially when you visit neighborhood parks and gardens.

There are some very significant options for you to choose from. My longer article shares many, some well-known, others off the beaten tourist track.

Many parks can be used for your recreational down-time and as exercise venues; others are historical or places to learn in a world-class center. All are interesting!

Also, by going to parks, you increase the likelihood of meeting some local people along the way (which is one of the great benefits of getting out into the real London, away from tourist spots).

So, bring your running shoes or come by bike, bus, train or car. Bring a picnic to some of the parks, and always bring your camera! Use my longer articles to have fun. Read more about these great, easy-to-find spots within London.

You can read more articles in my London parks series here:
In London: Battersea Park, Chelsea Physic Garden, Painshill Park, Syon Park, Thames Barrier Park

Parks in London: Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew

©2009 Mystic at Travel Vacation Review

London’s Naval Legacy

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

When coming to London, England, step into another time. For, when we visit another city or country, part of what we try to learn is historical information about the citizens who helped to shape that nation.

For Great Britain, naval explorer Captain James Cook was such a man, and his name will always be remembered in the UK, and around the world, for his accomplishments are varied and many. You will learn why we all owe him a debt, and share honoring his memory.

Yes, he’s THAT important! The people of the United States honored Cook, by ceding land in Hawaii, at Kaawaloa, Kealakekua Bay, (where Cook’s memorial stands), to the people of Great Britain. Nothing like that has ever been done in America before!

So, when you are visiting London, learn all you can about one of her bravest and most hard-working native sons, James Cook. My longer articles will help you understand why he’s so special.

And if you visit Melbourne, Australia, you will find his little English cottage. It was transported there, long ago, to sit in the beautiful Botanical Gardens, beside the River Yarra. That’s a fitting tribute for the man who, among many accomplishments, brought Australia into the British Commonwealth, and to the world’s attention in the late 1700’s.

You can start by learning about Cook at the Naval Museums along the Thames and especially at National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. And read my longer articles here.
Captain James Cook – Pacific Journey of Discovery
Captain Cook and new Pacific adventures
Captain Cook’s Northwest and Hawaiian adventures

©2009 Mystic at Travel Vacation Review

Trooping of The Color Rehearsal

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

I never knew that this was done, so this is an extra chance to see some great pageantry!

This Saturday at 10:30am is a rehearsal for the famous Trooping of the Color at the Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, London in the City’s core.

At this practice for the annual ceremony to commemorate the Queen’s official birthday (which takes place on June 11) the Major General Commanding the Household Division will take the Salute, instead of the monarch.

Tickets for seated stands have already been allocated but spectators can watch along the route down the Mall and at the end of Green Park.

Transport: Charing Cross/Westminster
Telephone: 020 7414 2479
Trooping of the Colour for more information

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©2011 mystic Travel Vacation Review