I'm back in the US after my trip to Europe; I will be at the Romance Writers of America meeting in New York City all this week. I had hoped to post about some of my experiences in Portugal, Spain,
France and, of course, Merrie Olde England, but I have run out of time before preparing for RWA and the meeting of the Beau Monde Chapter where I will present a power-point program on The Battle of Waterloo and our trip to the 195th anniversasry last year (2010).
I am eager to tell everyone about all my experiences, from visiting the tomb of General Sir John Moore in A Corunna, Spain
to sitting in the mayor's chair in Windsor when I spent a wonderful day with our good friend and Windsor expert Hester Davenport.
I have many tales to tell and pictures to show about my experiences and my research. One thing that has become even more meaningful to me since I got back was seeing the Ai Weiwei Chinese horoscope sculptures at Somerset House in London. Now that he has been released from detention in China, I am really happy I visited his work, which made me sad at the time.
Now, a confession. I had a nasty cold much of the trip. I hope it didn't clip my wings too much, but I would have had a much better time if I had been hale and hearty. I took lot of decongestants which helped immensely, but gave me a sort of foggy feeling. Nevertheless, I am glad to say I saw the Queen twice. My photo from Trooping the Colour below.
Above is a newspaper shot of the prettiest hat I've ever seen on the Queen. I did see her, up close if not very personal, but I missed the photo. Thanks again, Hester, for taking me to the "parade."
And finally, to descend from the sublime to the ridiculous, can you believe I managed to be present at a London Naked Bike Ride for the second year in a row? Yes, I walked out of the British Museum and headed for my hotel, only to be stopped by the procession of the group, accompanied by some police and a lot of amused bus riders, down Kingsway. I only took pictures from the rear -- for obvious reasons! I know there's a method to their madeness, but it gets lost in the shuffle!
So stick around, I'll get to blogging again in a week or two. Kristine has done a great job of keeping things rolling, so here is a public thank you -- she does the lion's share of the work!! But if she enjoys it half so much as I do, it is more than worthwhile.