‘L’mentary, My Dear

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Come, Watson, come!” he cried. “The game is afoot.”

– Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I’ll just say it: I’m not a huge fan of London. I’ve had a couple of adventures there (one that springs to mind is a fruitless two-mile hike through the rain on Christmas Day 2007, from Kings Cross to Trafalgar Square, for a Dickens walking tour that never happened, followed by a two-mile hike back the way we came); I’ve seen the requisite sights and made my obeisances at the usual shrines–the British Museum, Hyde Park, Westminster, etc. And I’m pretty much done with that.

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221B Baker Street, though, was great fun. I first read the Holmes stories and novels when I was in high school, and I have loved them ever since. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo, sitting in Holmes’ chair, wearing his deerstalker and holding his pipe (and yes, I know he’s not real, really; but he’s real in my head) was a thrill a minute.

After a week and a half of thesis research, it was nice to let down our hair and goof off a bit. There weren’t a whole lot of people around during our visit, so we romped with impunity, inserting ourselves into the tableaux with gleeful abandon:

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I met Moriarty (or Arty Morty, depending on who you ask):

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And Tammy took a Victorian bathroom break:

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And, after a brief conversation with the Irregulars…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA …and a warm-up in the lounge…

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…we bid adieu to the man himself and left him to deduce of us what he would.

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Happy travels, my dear Watsons!

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