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Foodies Festival at Hampton Court Green

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Everybody loves FOOD!

Tickets to this excellent festival are valid all weekend when you attend the London’s Foodies Festival over the Bank Holiday Weekend, May 28 – 30, 2011.

You’ll be amazed as you are also enjoying the beautiful Hampton Court Green as the venue site, and I would encourage you to enjoy the festival as King Henry VIII would have done! His Tudor Palace called Hampton Court is nearby and well worth a visit all on its own.

Twelve Michelin-starred chefs and top chefs will share their passion for everything from fish dishes to Indian foods from amazing chef, Sangeev Kapoor. Foodies Festival Chef Bios

Offerings include:
___ The Chef’s Theater – 12 Michelin Chefs and Top Chefs.- complimentary Foodies recipe book 11am – 6pm
___ Young Cooks Masterclass
___ Great Taste Market: The new market from the Guild of Fine Foods will feature stallholders whose products have won a prestigious Great Taste Award in the last three years. Great Taste Award
___ The Producer’s Market will help introduce to to fine local food suppliers and you can buy their wares.

Foodies Festival
Hampton Court Green
East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AT
Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-6pm, Mon 11am-5pm
£15, under-16s free if accompanied by an adult
Transportation: Hampton Court
Telephone: 0131 226 7766
Foodies Festival 2011

Turk Launches – Thames River Cruises – 300 years of experience!

Come by the Thames River, instead! There’s a Combo Deal. Tuck’s launches have been running the river for 300 years and are available for the Festival.

Up to 45 river cruises are run daily to Richmond and Hampton Court from April to October. There are easy connections to London trains from the pier.

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©2011 mystic Travel Vacation Review

Geffrye – London’s Museum of the People

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Wobbly Millenium Bridge London

Want to go to a museum where you might actually see something from your life? In London, you can.

Come to the renowned Geffrye Museum, which serves to report on the remarkable life experienced by “ordinary people” for the past 400 years — you’ll be amazed at how far those 4 centuries have changed the lives of regular folk.

When London visitors read guide-books or listen to museum lectures, except for participation in battles, you’ll really have to dig deep to learn about the ordinary citizen, whose deeds largely determine what happens in the world. But the Geffrye changes all that because it’s a museum of the people.

As much as seeing how the upper-class lives, it’s important to understand what our own middle-class industry has brought to the world. You’ll be proud.

Geffrye Museum, London – more!

©2011 Mystic at Travel Vacation Review

Trafalgar Square – London’s Urban Living Room

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Wellington-Arch London

Watch where you step in Trafalgar Square, and “No!” I’m not just speaking about the prolific pigeons there. Rather, you are surrounded by such a glorious open-space, which Londoners love to use, and the hustle and bustle brings its own great energy to the area.

You’ll be awed by the space, that’s why I said ‘watch your step’.

  • Gaze at Lord Horatio Nelson, atop the column. He’s Britain’s quintessential naval hero – talk about the original “Master and Commander”!
  • Turn 360E and then you’ll see some of London’s most important venues to enjoy – like The National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and St. Martin’s in the Fields church, famed for concerts recorded there or enjoyed live.
  • You’ll also be close to everything — a quick London walk south down Pall Mall to Buckingham Palace or St. James Park. Or, eastward, walk up The Strand eastward, to see the Inns of Court, Church of the Templars, Dr. Johnson’s home and St. Paul’s Cathedral (where Lord Nelson rests). If you choose to go north, then you’ll be on a walk in the theater district of London’s West End, as well as near Chinatown. And, westward, you delight in the great shopping as you walk around Oxford, Regent and Bond Streets.

A festival called The Fourth Plinth has occurred in Trafalgar Square since the summer of 2009. This year’s artwork includes a huge Blue Cockerel and a Boy on a Rocking Horse. A commission chooses the artwork.

The other 3 plinths contain massive English lions, below Nelson’s column. These sculptures are beautiful, regal and strong — great representatives of what Britain aspires to as a nation.

In Trafalgar Square, you are surrounded by the deeds of people of greatness — whether heroes or artists —   and it becomes an unforgettable experience.

Read: Trafalgar Square – More to inspire and enjoy.

©2011 mystic at Travel Vacation Review

London – Bank on History

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Want to see how George Washington spent his money? You can.  See some of his account at the Bank of England Museum, along with those of other famous historic persons, who trusted this bank with their fortunes, even though it may have been half a world away!

The Bank of England still stands in one of the most historic, ancient parts of the city — Londonium, and in its former building you can also see a wide variety objects to underscore the antiquity of this site. The area has been inhabited since Roman times, 2,000 years ago.

Pair up a visit to the museum with a lunch visit to one of the few historic taverns left in this oldest area, and walk over to the Tower of London or go up Tower Hill.

The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street is very much alive and kicking, even in these crazy financial times.  Make a bee-line to change some money at the current bank, then go around the corner to visit the Museum nearby. It’s free.

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©2011 Mystic Travel Vacation Review

Tower of London – Timeless Fortress

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Tower of London

In the Tower of London, learn timeless tales of intrigue, power-grabs and lost love entwining through the centuries in the human history and escapades within these 1,100 year old walls.

If you were writing a soap-opera, it would be hard to trump the real-life dramas which have played out here, under Royal direction.

And, if you were impressed by the genuine-Bling, WOW! factor of the jewels at the Royal Wedding, recently, this IS the place to see them up-close!

Equally impressive is the architectural grandeur and the quality construction, which is fascinating on its own. And, when you add the famous ravens and the British Crown Jewels into the mix, it’s a must-see destination for any London traveler.

Leave plenty of time; it always takes more than you think, and especially if you want a quiet period, to really try to soak up its special vibes.

One visit, I took along some pastels and spent time sketching on Tower Green. That was even more satisfying than taking photographs home, although I did that too! Find a way to bring the power of this place into your being as it is solid and enduring, in an increasingly topsy-turvy world.

If you come early in your London visit, don’t be surprised to find yourself being drawn back, under its spell.

And, plan ahead to visit after hours for the special: Ceremony of the Keys Information and Instructions.

©2011 mystic at Travel Vacation Review