Marilyn Joslin Sklar
 
Good morning! It's a lovely summer day in London! I was awakened at 6:15 am by a call from my son, who's in summer camp in California. He called to say, "Good night"! While he heads to Dreamland, I'm off to explore more of the city today. My plan is to walk to the Jewish Museum London and  to visit the Benjamin Franklin House. Yes, by the way, Ben Franklin lived in London for quite awhile, and the home is now open to the public with tours. I'm very excited. Oh, that reminds me. I need to purchase my ticket this morning. I will meet up with colleagues for dinner, then hopefully off to the Victoria and Albert to explore for a couple hours since it's open late. 


Yesterday, I suffered from a serious case of jet lag. Struggling to stay awake, I hit the streets of London to explore the Marylebone neighborhood. I wandered toward Regent's Park and found people enjoying the gorgeous weather in many ways. People basked in the son on the grass, napped on park benches, read books, picnicked with friends, and strolled through Queen Mary's Rose Garden. On the way back to the hall, I snapped a few photos and hopped into a couple shops for a quick dinner and to purchase a hairbrush. I always forget to pack something, and this time it was a hairbrush! I can't run around London looking like a crazy American tourist with unkempt hair! 


Note: For more information about the Jewish Museum London, check out these photos from the New York Times.


Below are some photos from Regent's Park and a shot of the rooftops of Marylebone. I love those old brick buildings and chimneys!


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Hi, Kim! Still trying to figure out how to correctly respond to blog comments. Thanks for your post. Yes, I am heading to the Tate Modern tomorrow! Thanks for the tip on how it enhances Nina's book "The Participatory Museum". I'm looking forward to my solo visit. We return as a group to the Tate later during the seminar. I'll post photos of my trip tomorrow. "See" you in class! 
Kim Golden
7/9/2010

Marilyn, I'm so glad you decided to create a blog for our class this week! I'm sure to love hearing about your seminar and what you see in London. I don't know your schedule, but you should go to the Tate Modern. It was a instant fave for me, and it goes well with reading The Participatory Museum!

Ruth Cuadra
7/10/2010

Your photography made me feel that I was right there with you listening to the clank of the swords and watching the birds fly. I probably could have lived without the part about the dead chicks, but it's a useful reminder of how nature works.


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