|Ah, To Be in England Now That Spring is Here|
|Written by Sherry|
|Thursday, 22 March 2007 21:25|
Ah, to be in England now that spring is here. I did jump the pond last spring and spent a week in London.
It is hard to believe it now that the Da Vinci Code has vanished so completely but I was there the week the movie was coming out in theatres and it was everywhere! Giant posters in the tube, on tv - and everyone was reading it or discussing it. Even tourists on the train to Hampton Court were talking about it!
But I had eyes only for Hampton Court which I had longed to visit for years. The gardens were simply stunning as was the architecture and the history. To lounge where Cardinal Wolsey had lounged and Thomas More had walked. Although I must say that the medieval/Tudor section where Henry VIII and his various wives hung out gave me the willies - as such things often do and I tend to forget until I'm there.
I hopped over to Belfast to see my old friend Mark Shea speak on the
Da Vinci code. Mark and I are often in the same place at the same time on our speaking tours (such as the fall of 04 in Australia) but had never been able to get together. When I found out that we were going to be in the British Isles the same week, I determined to do something about it.
His Belfast host very graciously agreed to put me up on very little notice and so I was introduced to a small community of serious lay Catholics in Belfast that reminded me very much of the Nameless Lay Group in Seattle. They were thrilled at the turn-out to Mark's talk, which was standing/sitting room only - very unusual in Belfast!
Afterwards, We all gathered to celebrate in a private home where this little girl was clearly the resident princess.