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me in springfield
innie_darling
Hi, everybody!

I doubt that anyone has been hopping from foot to foot, impatient to see my pictures from my two recent trips to Washington, D.C. and London, but I've been wanting to post for over a week and haven't been able to find the time until now.

So, I'm still unemployed, and decided to take advantage of that fact by going to DC to visit my dad just when the cherry blossoms were supposed to be at their best. I'd heard mostly about the Tidal Basin, but he'd asked around and found a place called Kenwood that was supposed to be exquisite. I took the Monday morning bus and got to DC (delayed) in the early evening. Tuesday was miserable - pouring rain and wind - until about two o'clock, at which point it was just grey and damp. We drove out to Kenwood, which was just amazing:
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The trees formed an arcade, which was lovely. Most were white blossoms, with the occasional pink:
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And there was one huge, glorious weeping cherry:
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It's a tiny development, but well worth visiting if you're in the area.

The next day dawned fair and clear, so we headed into DC proper. First up, the Tidal Basin, where the cherry trees were already losing their blooms, and the Jefferson Monument:
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Then we met a family friend (ish) for lunch at the National Gallery, passing some amazing flowers on the way:
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And then the last tour of the day at the Library of Congress (so gorgeous! highly recommended!):
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And a quick stop at the Folger Shakespeare Library, including the gardens (that's A Midsummer Night's Dream, obviously):
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I left DC Thursday morning and on Friday afternoon was on my way to the airport to catch a flight to London (!!!), which I hadn't seen since the summer of 2003. kate_lear very generously offered up her place, so I didn't have to budget for lodgings, which meant I could stay a little longer.

I landed bright and early Saturday morning, realizing belatedly that I had no idea what Kate looked like (for the record, Drew Barrymore face and Elizabeth Siddal hair) and was totally not reassured by the fact that a girl dressed in tan trousers and a black jacket just like Kate said she'd be looked at me and then kept walking. (To be fair, I looked distinctly unappealing and was hauling around an enormous suitcase.) But Kate came through and took me back to the flat she shares with a lovely girl we'll call J, and the London adventure was underway.

We wandered a bit that evening before going to see Eight Women, which was a lot of fun. And Sunday we went back into the city and stopped at a book fair just outside the National Theatre (I picked up a well-bound edition of Swinburne for 3.50).
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Sherlock watchers - does this look familiar to you?

We went inside the NT so I could figure out where to go if I decided to queue for day tickets (spoiler alert - I totally did) and got to chatting with two girls at the information desk, who turned out (surprise, surprise!) to be big fans of Benedict Cumberbatch's. Apparently he's a big hit with all the staff, mingling with them at various events, and though I cannot verify this for myself, very focused on whoever he's talking to at the moment, not letting his very direct gaze shift elsewhere to look for someone more "important" to talk to.

Monday morning, Kate went off to work and I took myself out for a whirlwind day in the city. The National Gallery first, then a lunchtime concert at St. Martin in the Fields:
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Then a very yummy sandwich from the cafe in the basement of the church (Café in the Crypt) and I waited outside the National Portrait Gallery for mariemjs, who I got to meet later in the week, and snapped a picture of the flowers outside:
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They were almost as exuberant as I was.


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Those are gorgeous cherry blossoms <3

very focused on whoever he's talking to at the moment, not letting his very direct gaze shift elsewhere to look for someone more "important" to talk to.

That is exactly the impression of him I've gotten from interviews. I've ranted about this to friends (who really couldn't care less) despite the fact I've never actually talked to the man before - but you've verified it for me! :P

Well, like I said, I didn't get a chance to speak with him so I can't really verify it, but I've heard it from enough different sources that I absolutely believe it!

Sherlock watchers - does this look familiar to you?

I didn't realise they used that underpass in Sherlock! Though I recognised it instantly for all the times I've wandered along that part of the South Bank. It's particularly nice at Christmas time, with all the lights and stalls selling crafts and food and drinks, but the bookstall is always there, and I usually browse through that too.

Glad you caught a lunchtime concert at St Martins - it's such a lovely setting, and they have some wonderful performances.

Yeah, it's apparently what they used for the shot of that graffiti artist showing Sherlock and John where he started his search for that particular yellow spray paint in "The Blind Banker."

That bookstall is great (though my not-so-inner librarian was itching to organize it!) and St. Martin was lovely.

Yeah, as soon as you mentioned Sherlock in connection with it, I could picture the scene.

There's a hint of order in that bookstall, but if you're hunting for anything in particular, it's tough! I usually just browse at random, or go straight to the plays/poetry box.

Was there a row of beach houses and a fake beach along there when you were there? Roughly opposite Giraffe and Eat?

The organizational system of that stall went right over my head, though I did appreciate the poetry/drama box, where I found a copy of Shaw's Plays Pleasant, leading to all kinds of juvenile sniggering about what the other volumes in the series might be called.

No fake beach or beach houses when I was there. Why? What's up?

It wasn't much of a system, but they did have certain genres/publishers together to a degree. Roughly...

I'll have to send you a photo of the beach and beach huts - it's part of the summer festival on the South bank. There's a row of brightly painted beach huts with little exhibits in them or things for sale, and a narrow length of sand surrounded by decking. Rather lovely, especially later in the day when it was quieter.

OH Benedict. The more I know, the more I stalk.

Exactly! Come to New York, Benny!

Love the photos--gorgeous flowers and trees!

I am so glad I am cheating on my "screen-free week" and got a chance to read your trip report and see your pictures! Also, very jealous.

That "screen-free week" sounds like an exercise in madness. And a way to use up all the E's in Scrabble.

'J' and I were happy to have you! & thanks for the compliment *blushes* I always think of my hair as looking more like an unfettered collection of free spirits (each little strand going its own independent way) but your description is much nicer!

Your DC photos look gorgeous. Now off to read what you thought of Mr. Cumberbatch in Frankenstein...

Honey, if anyone is going to gripe about hair with a mind of its own, it is going to be me! Your hair is lovely!

And I'm looking forward to returning the favor, so pack up J and come to New York!

Wow, Kenwood is even more gorgeous than I imagined! Oddly, the BBG had more pink than white (though I'd remembered it in the reverse). So pretty!

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