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               Wednesday, August 7 2002 

Journal of our journey - 2

Tuesday, August 6, London - As I've heard from our Pennsylvania friends already, like the Eastern United States, it's hot here in London, too, this August. We Californians have lots of hot summer days but are used to 20-degree drops in the temperatures when the sun sets. Not so here...the heat and humidity stay about the same all night...so again we had a mostly sleepless night. And our hostel has no fans or cross-ventiliation system like hotels used to have (remember "transoms"?). I guess cross-ventilation adds up to fire hazard, so it has gone the way of the Victorian seashore resorts.

After getting up at 6:30 this morning (giving up trying to sleep in the heat), we started with Starbucks coffee followed by a full English breakfast at a chain restaurant called Garfunkels. Then our party split up, the boys going shopping for gifts for friends in Soho and I taking a train out of the city to Canterbury, which I'd wanted to see on my first visit to England but because of fund limitations deferred until now. Though the map seemed to indicate a trip of only about 25 or 30 miles, it took well over an hour to get to Canterbury on a local rail route. Immortalized in one of the earliest works of English literature, the Canterbury Tales by Chaucer, this is the oldest site of Christianity in what the Romans called Anglia. Its cathedral is appropriately ancient and I got some photos but we haven't had time to process them to share one with this post.

The boys and I met up again at 5 p.m. for dinner at a nice Persian restaurant near our hostel, then used our day passes on the subway system to visit Trafalgar Square and walk over the River Thames to the Eye, London's major observation facility, across the river from the Parliament and Westminster Abbey. The evening turned into night and since we have to rise at 6 a.m. tomorrow for our flight at 10 to Ireland, will have to call it a night now. This will no doubt be coming to you later than yesterday's, being posted most likely after we arrive in Dublin.

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Inanimate objects are classified scientifically into three major categories - those that don't work, those that break down and those that get lost.

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