I like to have a theme when I travel, especially if I'm traveling alone, especially if it's to a place I've been a bunch of times before. Last time I was in London, I decided to focus in on Shakespeare. It was my jet lag day, so I spent the morning in and around Bermondsey Square reading As You Like It, with a great lunch at the Garrison Public House and generally taking it easy. Stepping up the pace a bit, I wandered Borough Market (there in Shakespeare's time), Southwark Cathederal (ditto), and on to the Globe Theatre for the tour. I must have spent two hours in the Globe Museum, just digging into the history of the theatre and the way they produced plays in the Elizabethan era. Absolutely fascinating. Then off by tube to Camden Town where the Royal Shakespeare Company was playing As You Like It at the Roundhouse. I had booked a table ahead at Made In Camden, the theatre's restaurant, so it was fun to be in the theatre as it was filling up. The production was absolutely terrific.Not a bad bit of getting into the traveling mindset -- in both time and space -- on the edge of what was primarily a business trip. (December 2010, ported over from Posts)
By Steve Barber
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