This is more of an update than a blog post. This morning we said our farewells to Stowe and headed straight to London. Reflecting back on our time in Stowe it was wonderful to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of the cities and mass tourist destinations. It really did allow us to get to the core of some of the issues we are focusing on in our program.
I will also say that last night we had such a wonderful formal dinner in the blue sitting room of Stowe House. I have never had dinner in such a beautiful room and the food was amazing.
It took us around two hours to get to London. As soon as we arrived we spent some time walking around and enjoying the city. No museums or heritage sites were visited. It was nice to have some time off and just relax!
To say we didn’t specifically visit a museum or heritage site does not mean that the city isn’t filled to the brim with history. Simply walking around will allow you to see the heritage of the city and its collection of buildings. For example, we did see a few English Heritage Blue Plaques. One of the plaques we read is very near our accommodation. It recognizes the living quarters of several members of the Bloomsbury Group – a group of influential writers who lived, worked or studied together in the early 20th century. This included influential writers such as Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes and Lytton Strachey.
Tomorrow I am seeing an old friend and we may visit a museum if we have time. Sunday, I am visiting Bletchley Park with some friends in the program. It should be a fantastic weekend with some much needed rest and some wonderful city exploration!