Day Trip to Down House

Greetings from London! Today we got an early start and met outside our flats at 9am. Prior to our meeting time, a few of the students had a quick breakfast in our lovely Marylebone neighborhood.

We walked to the tube station and travelled to Victoria Station, where we boarded a light rail train to South Bromley.

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In South Bromley, we waited for the bus to the village of Downe. Once in Downe, we walked from St. Mary’s Church to Down House, the home of Charles Darwin and his family for forty years.

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We all enjoyed the beautiful scenery as we walked to Down House.

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Once we arrived at Down House, a guide gave us a brief introduction and we went into the gardens for a class meeting. Dr. Firenze read to us from Darwin’s autobiography and we talked about Darwin’s life and work in this lovely home. We toured the gardens and greenhouses and then had a couple of hours to explore the house itself (no pictures allowed inside). Each of us had an audio tour of the house, so we could go at our own pace.

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We enjoyed some tea and scones in the cafe before beginning the trip back to London.

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After returning to London, we went our separate ways for the evening. Several of the students planned to meet for a “Jack the Ripper” walk while others made plans for dinner.  Tomorrow is a free day in London, so we discussed many plans for that.  Some students plan to visit Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey or Trafalgar Square.  Others have friends or family who they are meeting for the day, while others plan to return to the Natural History Museum or the British Museum.

While there is no doubt that the students will be busy making the most of their free time in London, Dr. Firenze and Dr. Saraceno plan to spend their time trying to find a chiropractor.  I am sorry to report that that their descent to the bottom of the slope ended rather poorly. In fact, Dr. Firenze seems to be about 2 inches shorter than he was when we arrived.

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Cheers from London!!

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~ by Dr. Musa on May 25, 2014.

One Response to “Day Trip to Down House”

  1. Houston, Calamity Base here, the Eagle has landed. & Sitzmark Saraceno in action, well kinda!!!

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