Day 4: Dickens, Dickens and More Dickens

We had another wonderful but very busy day in London. We began by meeting for a tube ride to the Museum of London. Once again the students were on time and ready to go at our arranged meeting time.

Ready for our walk to the tube.

On our way to the tube, the students told us about their activities from the previous night. Andrew cooked an amazing dinner with things that he bought from the Borough Market and then several students went to see Westminster, Big Ben and Parliament. The students have some great photos that they will share after we return home.

Waiting for the tube. The students have gotten very good about using the tube to travel all around London.

After exiting the tube, we walked to the Museum of London.

The Museum had a special “Dickens and London” exhibit.

Before our admission into the special exhibit, we spent some time touring the rest of the museum.

One area we visited contained information about the plague and the fire of 1666, The plague killed 100,00 people and the fire burned hundreds of acres and destroyed 13,000 homes. This was not a great time to be a Londoner.

Derek wearing a fire hat from 1666.

Gwen, Victoria and Derek trying out some medieval wear.

Photography was not permitted in the Dickens and London exhibit. This was a wonderful exhibit showing many of Dickens’s possessions as well as lots of information about and images of Victorian London. A highlight was seeing Dickens original manuscript for “Great Expectations” as well as the desk he used for writing this novel.

Leaving the museum.

One last group shot at the Museum of London.

After finishing at the Museum of London. We took the tube over to Temple to get ready for our next activity, a London Walk called “Dickens’s London”. Before the walk, we picked up some lunch and had a picnic and class discussion at beautiful Victoria Park. I should say that none of the students were able to present their thesis ideas because Gwen asked one question that inspired Dr. Saraceno to then talk until it was time for our London walk.

After lunch and a class discussion, we met up with Dr. David Tucker, the guide for our walk.

David did a wonderful job showing us “Dickens’s London”. Below are several photos from our walk. We were even able to go inside of Middle Temple Hall, when Shakespeare’s 12th Night was performed (with Shakespeare himself attending) in 1601.

Below are  pictures of the ceiling of Middle Temple Hall and the interior.

Below are more pictures from our walk.

Inner Temple, built in 1100.

This pub was built in 1667..right after the great fire of London.

We finished our walk with David quoting a Dickens passage for us that described the courtyard we were sitting in. After visiting the Dickens exhibit at the Museum of London and spending the afternoon walking the streets of London with David, we all developed a better understanding and appreciation of Charles Dickens and of London.

We all headed back to the flats and made plans for the evening.  Tomorrow we will be traveling by tube, train, bus and foot to Downe to visit the home of Charles Darwin.

Despite the busy day, Dr. Firenze and Dr. Saraceno insisted on heading to the gym to try another Olympic sport.

Dr. Saraceno achieved some impressive height on the pommel horse.

Perhaps a bit too much height as he took a somewhat scary tumble.

Dr. Firenze looked strong on the rings. But, alas, he too had a nasty spill and sprained his ankle.

Luckily, Dr. Saraceno was not seriously injured and was able to transport his injured comrade off the mats.

Ever the best of friends.

Let’s hope that after a good night’s sleep, they will both be able to make the trip to Downe tomorrow.

Cheers from London!


~ by Dr. Musa on May 25, 2012.

2 Responses to “Day 4: Dickens, Dickens and More Dickens”

  1. Saraceno and Firenze score perfect 10s:
    Saraceno pictured in the middle of his double hernia move.
    Firenze on his way to a perfect plotz dismount.
    The last picture —– is more than we need to know.

  2. I never knew Dr. Saraceno had this kind of flexibility. And the sheer look of concentration by Dr. Firenze on the rings… This reminds us all why these two dedicated professionals have been lovingly referred to as Scissor-Kick Saraceno and The Flying Firenze.

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