Monday, October 17, 2016

Kinking the Boots in London

I wanted to see Kink Boots so I decided to be there by 10 am and try and get tickets that are released the morning of the show and for only 20 pounds which is a steal and a close seat. I put out the word to the Universe that I was just going to walk up to the ticket counter and get one instead going early and waiting in line. There was no line and I walked up and got Front Row I was thrilled. Then I headed towards a new destination but made some stops and snapped some photos on the way.

Charing Cross

the National Gallery
looks like he is ready to boogie

such a face 

giving the finger

You can come down now

crazed horse

My friend Laurie had told me about statue Doctor Salter's Daydream so I set off to find it, located on Bermondsey Wall East near the Thames. I hopped the tube to Bermondsey Tube Station.  I then headed towards the Wall it was not a long walk and arrived and saw the statues, near the Angel Pub. The Daydream shows Doctor Alfred in old age waving to his daughter and cat his daughter died aged 8. In 2011 the statue was stolen and a campaign raised funds to rebuild and added a statue of his wife Ada.

I then continued to walk along the walk where there was some beautiful views of London and then I headed back to tube and then to Southwark so I could have late lunch at my fave place for lamb. Capital Kehab House as usual it was the best. I then went back to my hotel to rest up and get ready to go see Kinky Boots. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed Kinky boots my front row seat as amazing and the performers were awesome it totally lived up to my expectations and to be so close and actually see the expressions was super duper great.  I then walked over to the Thames to get some night views and then back to my room for the night.

Doctor Salter

Dr Salter Daughter

Cricket and Dr Salter 

Cricket meets Dr Salter  wife

20 Fenchurch Street aka The walkie talkie

the Chard

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Goodbye to Malta and then Hello to England

My final morning in Malta I just walked the streets in Sliema and spent some time walking along the water and saying goodbye.  I passed one shop and a guy came out and attempted t see me some face cream to sooth my wrinkles. It was quite a fun conversation for me as he raved on young I looked and the special concealer would make me look even younger. I went into the shop and he put a bit by one of my eyes and showed me the results. Then he attempted to sell me some. He started at 500 euros and in the end gave he would even commission in order to sell it to me for 50 euro as he wanted to help me. Hahahaha as I said goodbye.  I was awaiting my shuttle at the hotel and was getting nervous and the man at the desk called and they said they were on their way. We started out on the way to the airport but realized we were going through Valletta where we got stuck several times behind horse and cart and it was making me very nervous that we would not get there in time but of course we did.

Loving England so much I decided to stop there after Malta and spend a couple of days I arrived in the evening and went to my hotel and checked in.  I had decided to visit my cousin and hubby in Shrewsbury so I set off the first thing in the morning. This visit was just for the day they picked me up at the station and the first laugh was they brought the bigger car for my suitcase and they were wondering where it was. I said well I am just here for the day so I did not bring it, we had a laugh over that. It was just nice spending most of the day with them and we made a quick dash to Wales since they are only a couple miles from the boarder.   A lovely lunch with a bit of wine and just catching up on our lives, and my adventure it was a short but good visit.

Love me some sheep

Welcome to Wales

The next morning I was staying near Euston Station and St Pancras Church.  I have always seen this church since my first trip to England 45 years ago. I saw that it was open and decided to go in and there was a mass on and I stayed.  It was an Anglican church very similar to a Catholic mass except it was a woman on the altar. Afterwards I talked to a woman there and was most impressed with everything about the church I had some tea and cookies and then bought some home made Rose hip jam to take home.  Then I hopped the tube for a visit to my fave park in the world St James Park.  It was time to hop the tube to meet my cousin and his girlfriend and go to a pub for a Sunday roast, it was yummy and then we went to Alexander Palace a new place for me in London and nicknamed the Ally Pally.

St Pancras Church

a very famous Palace

Here they coming marching down the street

The famous Pelicans of St James Park


Alexander Palace

View of London from Ally Pally

Lovely Lamb Roast

Thursday, October 13, 2016

A visit to Marsaxlokk and Rabat Malta

I took a bus to Marsalokk today a pretty little fishing village, that my friend Laurie recommended.  I arrived early and it was a bit gloomy but it was not too crowded Hop Off and On tour buses showed up dropping people off but most of them continued on after a bit. I strolled along the water and the sun started coming out. The parish Church of Our Lady of Pompei was open so I went in and looked around then I went outside and saw a sign The Crying Room and led me to another entrance and I entered and sat and looked and admired the work. The church was established when fishermen started to build houses near the sea coast to save time on travelling. 

Parish church of Our Lady of Pompei

Nor sure what this was about

Bronze Statue of fisherman and young boy 

Rabat was right next Mdina where I had been a few days before because I had gotten off the bus at the first stop I did not realize it was the next stop so I missed seeing the town  and Laurie had also told me about this place so I decided to go back and visit. I found an old cemetery and then walked the winding streets to the St Agnes Crypt I bought a ticket and the woman told me go and knock at the entrance and they will let you in but they did not I had to wait till they came back but then the guide said no tour till later. I said she sold me a ticket so after some discussion the guide took me on a tour of my own. It was a bit hard to walk around as the ceilings were so low and lot of climbing that I somehow managed with my legs. The Parish Church of St Paul looked good on the outside and I attempted to go in and saw some people inside and a man motioned for me to go to the other side I did but could not find any entrance.  I started to feel hungry  and went in search of a place I saw earlier that had a Maltese Platter and decided I wanted to try something that was local I wandering around I finally found it again the PL Bar and Restaurant. There was not a lot of food to the platter but it was interesting especially with a glass of wine.

Parish Church of St Paul

entrance to St Cataid Catacomb

my Maltese Platter with a glass of wine