Tuesday, June 5, 2012

ENGLAND TRIP: Day 2: Part 5d: Ghost/History Walk: Scrooge/Dickens/Harry Potter/Paratroopers!

SCROOGE'S COUNTING HOUSE - One of the cool places Richard Jones took us was to the building and alleyway that inspired Charles Dickens' setting for Scrooge's counting house in "A Christmas Carol." Scrooge’s counting house is in the  city of London, near Cornhill. In the story, Bob Cratchit ran home to Camden Town, where Dickens lived as a boy.
It was so amazing to stand in the alleyway that likely inspired one of the settings for "A Christmas Carol."   Here's a photo from that street.

A street that looked similar to Dickens' time
ANOTHER DICKENS STREET - This is another street in the same Cornhill neighborhood of London, that looks very similar to how it appeared during the lifetime of Charles Dickens. Of course, we know there were no cars during his time! :) It was really cool to see the architecture.
LEADENHALL MARKET AND HARRY POTTER - Richard also took us by this marketplace in London, because it was the site where one of the Harry Potter movies were filmed. It was used for the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron.
Leadenhall Market- a Harry Potter location
   It's located at Gracechurch Street and the market dates all the way back to the 14th century! It stands on what used to be the center of Roman London. We thought it was a beautiful structure and really nicely lit. Unfortunately, the photo we took of it was cut off, but you get a good feel for it anyway.

A UNIQUE PARATROOPER EVENT - During the week we were in London, the Royal Air Force (I think)  was performing paratrooper drills over the city. Rob managed to snap this eerie photo of the paratroopers descending in what appears to be a trail of smoke, with the large moon shrouded behind some clouds. The structure in the forefront is Guild Hall. It made for a really cool photo. 

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Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
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Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
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