I went to Strawberry Hill House about five miles away from the center of London in a place called Twickenham with my class for a tour. This was the home of the eccentric author, Horace Walpole. Walpole began building it in 1749 and it is literally right next to the Thames River and has some very beautiful grounds. As you'll see, it has a lot of Gothic influences and funny little details.
It wasn't actually this beautiful outside today. I nicked this from Wikipedia just to give y'all an idea of how incredible this place look from afar. I also didn't take any pictures like this.
This is where my pictures start:
This door handle is dedicated to my mum (I'm going to call you that from now on), because she loves antique door handles and doors.
To end the day I went and saw Once- everyone else that I hang out with went to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. Mostly for One Direction. I've seen wax figures before and it's honestly not that exciting so I went to see something with real people in it.
I loved it. I kept thinking how much fun it would be to see it in New York City because Arthur Darvill is playing Boy in it... but that's beside the point. The point is that I would see this musical again... and again and again. One of the coolest things about this experience was that the set is basically a bar and before the show as well as during intermission, you can go onstage and get drinks from the bar! Some of the cast also comes out before the show and starts playing their instruments all together just as if you were in a bar in Dublin listening to the locals play cool folk songs. That's another thing: every person in the cast plays an instrument onstage. They are the actors and also the orchestra. It's all very folksy music so there are a lot of guitars, some violins, a cello, and bass guitar, and a couple of mandolins. At one point drums are played as well. It's all just great fun because these aren't just actors, they're also very gifted musicians!
SEE THIS MUSICAL POSTHASTE.
I'm going to Paris tomorrow and all of the sudden I'm not sure how I feel about it, but I'm going anyway. Hopefully I'll love the city of lights and fall in love with its apparent beauty. I'm just not feeling the whole "nobody speaks english" thing right now. It's also another big city that I'm going to have to try to navigate. I'm not sure if I'll be able to post while I'm there, but I will try!