Simple Wilson Class of 1975 Reunion info page, no registration.
So, how was it? My wife requested that I not attend, so I spent the day at home, on the other coast.
Our next stop was the ancient college town of Cambridge, which bridges the river Cam (hence the name). There, I engaged in the romantic idyll of punting on the Cam with my wife. (See photos!) It was interesting to see so many elaborate Gothic buildings that were not churches. We made a side trip to the Norman cathedral of Ely, before toddling off to the Cotswolds. Along the way, we had tea at Banbury Cross.
Our home base in the Cotswolds was the Regency period town of Cheltenham. We visited the much older, charming little villages in this wool producing area, where not much has changed in 500 years. We saw Broadway, Upper and Lower Slaughter, Bourton-on-the-Water, Snowshill, Stow-on-the-Wold, and Painswick. In Cheltenham itself, we attended a performance of Verdi's opera, La Traviata, by a traveling regional company. We had breakfast with the tenor each morning, at our B&B. It rained a lot of the time, but our reward was the evanescent luster of rainbows. We saw four -- three were double rainbows. We stopped our car to see one rainbow, and under it were two Gypsy carts hidden in the shrubbery, with their little horses grazing on the motorway right-of-way.
Next, we went on to Bath, the Georgian spa town of honey-colored stone. We made a side trip to Wells Cathedral, with its unique scissors vaults, and the old worn steps that lead up to the octagonal Chapter House and the bridge to the Vicar's Close. After a stop to see Avesbury, the prehistoric site of standing stones (like Stonehenge), we ended our journey in London.
There I spent a day in the British Museum,
saw the very interesting
Sir John Soane's Museum,
and ran a couple of errands that I could only do in London.
I went to the oldest hatters in London,
James Lock & Co. Founded in 1676,
they invented the bowler in 1850.
I was fitted for a collapsible opera hat (size 7 1/2); I very much wanted to buy it,
but although I was given their best price (about $1200), I found myself unable to pay.
I made an heraldic inquiry at
the College of Arms,
which involved a substantive discussion with a genuine Herald.
In London, we saw excellent productions of Orpheo and The Pajama Game.
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