“Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.”
- Sir Francis Bacon
Top Trends for Touring London like a Local: Pamela Martin
As much as Pamela Martin Duarte loves Texas, she has to admit her beloved state is hotterthan hotter this time of year! During the Summer months,Pamela likes to while away the lazy hours planning vacations incooler greener pastures and she won't be very American If shedoesn't plan on visiting London and the Olympics this Summerwhich will be televised here in America on NBC Universal.
Harrods, Pamela loves you more than many things in life.
However, she won’t like to be caught in the crowds of tourists
who will be in town for the Olympics unless you promise tosneak her in and out the side door! Call me maybe?
Let’s take a look at what's hot in London this Summer:
Antiques Book Stores and More!
For antique lovers seeking souvenirs of their Olympic visit, Pamela proposes the SpitalfieldsAntiques Market, where hundreds of vendors set up every Thursday in the Old SpitalfieldsMarket Hall oldspitalfieldsmarket.com. While in the area you must stop by Dennis Severs'extraordinary historic house in Spitalfieldsdennissevershouse.co.uk. The home offers thechance to enter the mythic world of 18th-century London. She recommends it on one oftheir "silent nights" when speech is forbiddenbecause there is nothing worse than chatterduring the tour. And you guys know her wellenough that on occasion she has been knownto tell someone to shut their trap and hold theirhorses!Every Sunday, the East End becomes onehuge labyrinth market where you can "get lost"among thousands of stalls that are participatingin a tradition of trade that has been happeningfor over one hundred years! While you are there don't miss Nicholas Hawksmoor's toweringbaroque masterpiece, Christ Church Greyfriars. This gothic masterpiece had its origins in theconventual church of a Franciscan monastery, the name "Greyfriars" being a reference to thegrey habits worn by Franciscan monks. The first church on the site was built in the thirteenthcentury, but this was soon replaced by a bigger building, begun in 1306 and consecrated in1326. This new church was the second largest in medieval London, measuring 300 feet (91 m)long and 89 feet (27 m) wide, with at least eleven altars. Afterwards Pamela recommends aleisurely stroll through Brick Lane via the Truman Brewery over to the Columbia Road flower