I finally got around to visiting the Wellcome Collection in London in March 2013. It bills itself as ‘a free destination for the incurably curious’, which is a pretty accurate description. Henry Wellcome was an pharmaceutical entrepreneur who amassed many medical artifacts during his travels.
For me, the most evocative piece in the museum was the ‘I Can’t Help the Way I Feel’ sculpture by John Isaacs: the British sculptor’s statement on obesity.
‘I Can’t Help the Way I Feel’ sculpture at the Wellcome Collection
Array of surgical instruments at the Wellcome Collection
Tranparent model of female body at the Wellcome Collection
We had lunch at The Pough in Bondgate Without in Alnwick, north east England, in March 2013.
Exterior of The Plough in Alnwick
There’s free parking at The Plough, up a slope through a rather narrow archway. We sat in the area at the back of the bar. There was a very wide selection of dishes on offer in the menu, supplemented by a few more Daily Specials on the blackboard.
Interior of The Plough
My husband had one of the Day’s Specials – Roast Pork served with Black Pudding, Mash & Mustard Sauce. I had a taste; the pork was delicious. I’m not a fan of black pudding but it was very good.
Roast Pork served with Black Pudding, Mash & Mustard Sauce
When I was giving my office a clean I spotted a double rainbow.
Our son Simon recommended that I visited Brixton when I was in London in March 2013. After a morning exploring Clapham, I headed to Brixton. On exiting Brixton tube station I wasn’t sure which way to head. I turned left and soon came upon the street market in Electric Avenue.
Market in Electric Avenue
Further along that street, I saw the entrace to Brixton Village, which is an indoor market consisting of several arcades. It was an extremely cold day, so I was glad to be in a covered area.
Restaurant tables in Brixton Village
Entrance to the Reliance Arcade in Brixton Village
We decided to go for a walk along Spittal Prom before lunch as showers were forecast from 1pm. It was quarter to one as we approached the car to return home. It looked as though the weather prediction might be spot on, as dark clouds were beginning to gather.
What a difference a day makes. Yesterday in Northumberland we had cloudless blue skies (which you can verify in my photo of Edlingham Church), accompanied by warm sunshine. Today it was a cool, breezy, grey day with rain in the early afternoon. The rain stopped around 4pm, so we went for a walk along the River Tweed. Although it was a couple of hours after high tide, the river water was still quite high. There were lots of swans, adults and almost mature cygnets, feeding and preening close to the river bank.
The swans around Berwick upon Tweed are quite tame and used to being fed. When they spotted us standing by the river, they approached in the (vain) hope of some morsels.
We attended the Festival of the Heavy Horse in Millfield, Northumberland in early May 2013. Adult tickets cost £5, kids £2.50. There was plenty of free parking in an adjacent field with stewards to direct you to an empty space. It was fortunate that there had been a long dry spelll before the event and that the weather was good on the day.
In full regalia
Me with two of the horses
Cross between Thoroughbred (racehorse) & Clydesdale in the ring
As we were driving from Alnwick to Rothbury we stopped for a visit to Edlingham Church.
I booked a room at Travelodge London Bank for four nights in March 2013. The total cost was £146, on the non-refundable Saver rate, booked 5 months in advance. £36.50 a night is a really good price for Zone 1 ensuite double room in a London hotel. The hotel is a two minute walk from either Cannon St or Bank stations. There’s an M&S Food at Cannon St station and a Tesco Express about five minutes walk away. Many of the restaurants and cafes nearby are closed at the weekend.
Travelodge sign in St Swithin’s Lane
I arrived at the hotel around 12.30 but check-in wasn’t until 15.00. As Travelodge don’t offer luggage storage facilities and I wanted to make the most of the daylight hours, I paid the £10 early check-in charge, enabling me to deposit my suitcase in my room and get out and about. I was allocated a double room on the first floor, directly above the hotel entrance overlooking the cobbled courtyard, shared with a restaurant. I was a bit concerned that my room might be noisy if people from the restuarant and hotel came out into the courtyard for a cigarette, or if the restaurant’s rubbish bins were wheeled out early in the morning. But I wasn’t disturbed by any exterior noise.
Liverpool has come a very long way from being basically an industrial port city and is now a place full of cultural attractions of all kinds – although its most famous exports and probably the reasons most people visit are both the Beatles and the Liverpool Football Club. But there’s plenty of art, music and also an impressive maritime history to explore. This post offers travel tips on what to do in Liverpool.
The Beatles Story
For me the first thought that pops into my mind when someone talks of Liverpool is the Beatles, every time. The Beatles Story is much more than just a Beatles museum – it’s a hands-on (ears-on?!) experience and it’s now spread across two sites after lots of expansion in recent years.
The Beatles Story