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    Next England Vacation about to happen!

    Once again the missus and I will have the pleasure of a holiday in England, about two and a half weeks this time. We fly out of here Wednesday and will arrive at Gatwick on Thursday morning. As with previous trips to the UK, it's a combination of organ/cathedral spotting and general sightseeing. My wife remains a devout Anglophile and never gets enough of the Yorkshire Dales, so we'll be spending several days in that area, as we always have. On those days I'll be driving a rental car, and we'll be exploring the little villages, popping into village churches. Now and then we manage to catch the local organist practicing, and have a nice little visit.

    We are planning to see a few cathedrals that will be new to us -- Southwark, Exeter, and Wells. At least those are the ones we've got on the intinerary. Should our travels take us into close proximity to another one or two we will likely take a detour and visit. We had hoped to visit St. George's Chapel at Windsor, but discovered yesterday that it will be closed to the public on the days we are to be in London this time. While in the Dales, we might get over to Ripon, or even to Durham this year, if time allows.

    In previous years we've seen several -- St. Paul, Westminster Abbey, Yorkminster, Gloucester, Canterbury, Salisbury, Chester. After this trip, we will have seen between 10 and 12 of the 44. The rest are on my "bucket list" and I hope we'll be able to eventually see them all, if our health holds up and we are able to make a few more trips.

    As always, we'll attend several worship services and perhaps an organ recital or two. I realize that going to church in one of these cathedrals is not "the real world," but it is infectious fun and brings me a lot of joy. I'm looking forward to hearing some grand organs in glorious acoustic settings, played by gifted and dedicated musicians. And fully expecting to have some transcendent worship experiences, as I had on a Sunday morning at St. Paul's last year.

    Will report on my organ-related events here. Cheerio!
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    John,

    I hope you and your wife have a wonderful vacation. While you are there, you might also like to hear the Willis organ at Lincoln cathedral. It is one of my favorites and is considered by some to be the best organ for choral accompaniment. I would also encourage you to attend one or more Evensong services for a great experience.

    Since it sounds like you and your wife make this pilgrimage regularly, you may want to consider attending at least some of the concerts of the Three Choirs Festival which will be held next in 2019. I had the great pleasure of attending a number of years ago and it is an unforgettable experience.

    I hope you both have a splendid time.
    Bill

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    Thank you, Bill! I love the Willis sound and hope to eventually hear more of them. There is no sweeter organ tone in the world!

    I agree about Evensong. We love it so much that we try to attend several times during a trip. There was a recent article somewhere about the popularity of Evensong -- as I recall, the article reported that many cathedrals experience overflow crowds for Evensong, and one should arrive early in order to be sure of getting a good seat. While church attendance in general is declining just about everywhere, Evensong is booming throughout England, an indication that folks are hungry for the simple but highly traditional format of that service.
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    John, I hope that you and your bride have a wonderful time in England ! It sounds like you have a good plan for what to see and when worked out already, and that makes a big trip nicer all the way around in my view. Those larger churches really DO church in a big way from all I have seen and heard. That has to be so moving to experience.

    Don't they drive on the wrong side of the road over there ? If so, be safe in the rental car. Ya don't want to have to meet the tow truck guys, when you are there to see the organs !
    Regards, Larry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larrytow View Post

    Don't they drive on the wrong side of the road over there ? If so, be safe in the rental car. Ya don't want to have to meet the tow truck guys, when you are there to see the organs !
    From far away I also echo what others have said. I hope you will enjoy a full two weeks of beautiful organ stuff - and yes those guys do drive on the wrong side of the road just like us uneducated lot down here.... But this issue has me confused when considering this: If left is right and right is wrong... waddaya do?

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    If left is right, and right is wrong, you just throw in a few Roundabouts at the intersections ! I think those were invented in England, and now we are getting them installed here in the states. Nobody here knows how to act when in one. Too bad I'm retired from the towing biz - they gotta be great for business.
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    You hafta be on your toes for sure when driving on the left. But since the steering wheel is also on the wrong side it seems to make it easier. I also depend heavily on the navigation software in my phone over there to keep us from getting lost.

    In the dales the roads can be so narrow you nearly have to pull over when you meet another car. It's a different world!
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    Hang on, we drive on the correct side of the road over here! At one point, everyone else did too. IIRC, it was Napoleon who decided otherwise!

    It's the same for us Brits when we cross the channel or go to the States. In Japan, Oz and SA, we're OK. I'm told by some Indian friends that it often makes no difference there and having seen some of the youtube clips they pointed me to, I can believe it!

    Roundabouts are the norm for us, though if you go up North they'll call them 'islands'. Just remember to give way to traffic coming from your right - unless you go to Jersey, where you just take it in turn.......

    And those narrow roads get even narrower if you go to places like Cornwall. My Dad, a proud Cornishman, used to call them 'backing up roads' as when you met someone else (usually a tractor!) you often had to back up the road to the next passing place or a farm gate where you could pull in.

    John, if you're in Sussex at some point, come down to the coast at Newhaven and I'll buy you a pint of proper beer! Have a great trip and take in all those superb organs and cathedrals.
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    Thanks for the invite, Andy! I won't be in Sussex this time, but maybe on the next trip we can have a meet up. Would love to do that. I recently saw some video of Canterbury Cathedral and realized that when I was there (20 years ago!) I didn't see very much of it. We do want to come back to southeast England when we have a chance.

    Roundabouts have become quite popular here in our state of Arkansas. One growing city of about 60,000 (Conway) has become known as "the city of roundabouts" and has made the roundabout the default configuration when new roads are built. Numerous advantages over the traffic signal intersections that have been the norm for decades here in the US. I enjoy using them, though a lot of people still ridicule the idea and act like there's something dangerous or evil about them One friend claims roundabouts are a liberal Communist plot!

    I guess what I really love about your country is just the novelty it represents to us. Sure, the US is huge and sprawling and has scores of unique regions, each with its own geology, culture, climate, lifestyle. But there's just something about those rural regions of the UK where sheep roam freely among the stone walls... It's SO different from anything around here. And I love the "ancient-ness" of it all. And Anglican worship. As well as the wonderful railway system and the London Tube. So easy to get from place to place.

    At times I get to wishing we could just move over there and stay, but I think I'm too old to relocate. Anyway, love your country, and maybe we'll have a chance to meet one day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larrytow View Post
    If left is right, and right is wrong, you just throw in a few Roundabouts at the intersections ! I think those were invented in England, and now we are getting them installed here in the states. Nobody here knows how to act when in one.
    I agree wholeheartedly, Larry. Just over 30 years ago, I was goaded in one here. I didn't think I should go, and the lady behind me thought I should! I can't imagine traveling around the them wrong way (OK, Andy, the left way). And that was just a week after I had the rods removed from back after it was broken. So much for healing! I've hated them ever since.

    On the other hand, I think I'd risk it again to see all those wonderful organs in the UK. My wife keeps asking me (she was born there), but so far, we've been visiting the older relatives we have left and feel that's more important right now.

    Someday (sigh). Until then, I experience them vicariously through John's vivid descriptions and tears.

    Michael

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