Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Fond Farewell To Old London!

Our time-travel sight-seeing continues in retrospect this time, with clippings and souvenir pictures of the various lively entertainments to be had in old London.
Many of us were delighted to have their children join them for a few days, prior to our heading into Scotland for more fun. They were greatly entertained by a pantomime show for children, given at the Crystal Palace, where tea was also taken.
They also enjoyed a showing of Puss In Boots, along with a Christmas fair.

Puss In Boots Play Poster



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There was a sleigh ride out in the countryside with friends on Christmas day itself, a treasure of a memory for each child in turn. Many were the tears shed on departing. But any sadness was soon forgotten once we'd arrived at the George Street School for another Pantomime on Boxing Day (that is, the day after Christmas).


Souvenirs of London #1



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The children who have journeyed with us now have new yet old toys to play with while we relax in comfort aboard the HMAS Viola as she soars aloft into old Scotland.

Toy Ephemera


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Then, of course, we had plenty of time for shopping in old London, where I know several of our members became smitten with the shoes they saw being worn by various ladies in their holiday finery.

Shoes!


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Even our gentleman members had a fine time finding new suits of clothes for the journey. Some even chose to have their whiskers trimmed and their haircuts freshened. One of their number found a fine new hat as a gift for the Hangar Club's stable's best groom. His brilliant care of our club's personal coach and four also called for a special yuletide bonus collected for him from the various members.

Gentlemen's Shopping Excursion



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Meanwhile, we ladies kicked up our heels with a few dance lessons, as well as tried on new outfits from various eras in fashion.....

More Souvenirs


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...and also found we were able to each purchase copies of a very lovely souvenir portrait of Her Majesty Queen Victoria.

It's been a lovely time all the way round, our London journey. Before we share with our readers our experiences in Victorian Scotland, I'd like to personally thank our co-author, Rhissanna, for her galloping great adventure, and for sharing with us her inventive fictional character, Dr. Crupper. 
Thank You all for joining us on the first leg of this our Holiday Journey.
Up next: Bonny Scotland!  (later today!)
Rose




Images used (prior to our fiddling)
courtesy nypl.org and Wikimedia Commons

4 comments:

Mina said...

Wonderful post! I love the images, the fine memories, the music, the dance. Such an enjoyable time throughout this entire journey.

Steam Tea Travels said...

Mina: Hope you're doing well this fine day. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave your sweet comment for us to find.
:)
Rose

Ann said...

loved the images so much!!
such a wonderful adventure!!
i love traveling with Steam Tea Travels!!

Steam Tea Travels said...

Ann: You're the best! Thanks so much for being a part of our scene.
:)