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Titian and the Royal Wedding

 So the news reports are increasing in scope.  The Royal Wedding is hitting the daily news reports with the same intensity as the revolutions in Lybia and Syria and the war in Afghanistan.  Why? 



I fully realize that Kate may be Queen of England one day, but that is a figurehead position anyway.  It doesn't carry any true political clout, the power of the monarchy was eliminated by statute long ago.  She is cute, personable, and will no doubt be a refreshing change in the palace, but she's down the line a ways, isn't she?  Wouldn't long-suffering and generally unpopular Prince Charles move into the throne if Elizabeth dies?  Charles and Camilla would then become the King and Royal Consort?  I could be totally mistaken...I'm not a native British person and the royals have always seemed a little bit silly to me.  Fun, but silly.  But I'll be watching, like many others over here in the US, because it is a wedding and weddings are always fun to watch.  And I wish them all the luck in their lives and happiness with each other and any children that they may have. 



Titian - Venus Rising from the Sea

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has had an exhibit on Titian and other Renaissance Masters.  It ends on Sunday, and we had wanted to see it, so I quickly purchased tickets for Sunday this morning and we'll go and see it.  Then we get to find time to go see the King Tut exhibit at the Science Museum inbetween summer conferences and Renaissance Festival.  I'll just make sure we get to that too, since we both want to see it.  So at least I have something fun to look forward to on Sunday, I always enjoy going to the Institute.  
 
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I adored the Queen Mum, and Westminster is a fantastic place to visit. I went all over there, the thing that really got to me was the grave stones in the floor for the deaths in the Great Plague of the 1300's! For those of us in the US, where as short a time as 200 years is considered old, that just floored me.
As an archaeologist, I'm used to long time spans and old ruins. But this was historic, not pre-historic, and that's why I was amazed.

They are starting wedding coverage here at 2 am. I'm not waking up before my usual 3:30 am for anyone, not even the queen and a cute little thing like Kate. I really wish them all the best. I think that William could be an excellent King, and I think that Queen Elizabeth is starting to slow down a bit. When she feels that the monarchy will be in good hands, I feel fairly sure that she will pull whatever strings she needs to and make sure that William gets the crown.

I love the pageantry of royalty, and that should be in full view for the wedding. It'll be fun.

Have an excellent day! (actually afternoon, since your morning is almost complete)

- Erulisse (one L)
Westminster is a fantastic place to visit.

Yes, I must go there one day, although I also love less famous but just as beautiful places like Wells and Salisbury.

the thing that really got to me was the grave stones in the floor for the deaths in the Great Plague of the 1300's!

There are grave pits all over London, it's said. A bend in one of the Underground lines is there to avoid a plague-pit. (Can't remember which line now.) The 1300's Black Death was horrific in its death toll all over the world.
I'd kind of like to look around certain parts of London, but at my leisure and with some-one who knew it well. I have only been there three times, and just found it overwhelming.

Lol, I would not get up at that time to see the wedding XD, though I suppose some people will. O_o.
I was quite fortunate. I went to London twice, and made friends with a wonderful walking tour guide who, on my second trip over, took my BFF and I all over the city both behind the scenes and to some wonderful out of the way places.

I also rented a car that trip and drove all over the countryside. That's when I visited Avebury, and Stonehenge, Cornwall, Canterbury and Leeds, and many, many more amazing places. After the first 24 hours, I even got fairly good at driving on the opposite side of the road, and had no problem with round-abouts.

I would love to go back. I almost married the guide, (he asked me - another large story tied up in that). My life would have been far different.

But I loved being in England. DH wants to go to Italy and Spain, so I hope I will get to Europe again one of these days. I want to see the Vatican and Florence, and Barcelona and Madrid. Then I would love to see my mother's Vienna.

Who knows? It all costs $ and that's a bit tight, so it may just be a dream. But it's good to dream, right?

- Erulisse (one L)
I almost married the guide, (he asked me - another large story tied up in that). My life would have been far different.

I would love to hear about that.

I would like to go to Italy too, and Spain, to see my brother. Yes, of course we must dream!
Perhaps, someday.

I learned a long time ago that there are no reversals on the path. Once your foot has been placed on it, you are committed and cannot turn around and change your mind. So the past is past.

- Erulisse (one L)