Thursday, March 19, 2009

Where in the World are the Goodmans and the Goose?

This year, the Goodmans and the Goose have beat Matt Lauer to the punch with their own installment of Where in the World!

Eric and Nataliya Goodman are just back from a lovely week in London, and Flightless Goose went along for the ride. That’s right — the Goose has gone global!

Hocking the book to international audiences was fun, but just as exciting to the Goodmans were some of the amazing sights London: The overwhelming British Museum, the beautiful National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery. We enjoyed the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and took a look at the Queen’s Gallery. The Victoria and Albert Museum was amazing.

They toured Windsor Castle, Apsley House, the Wallace Collection, Sir John Soan House, Kensignton Palace and even took high tea at The Orangery on the Kensington grounds.

Of course they saw Big Ben and Parliament, Westminster Abby and St. Paul’s Cathedral, Wellington Arch, the Jewel Tower, and spent several hours with the Beefeaters in Tower of London.

And how could a writer not visit the British Library with handwritten notes and manuscripts of Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Jane Austin, Handle, Beethoven, and even The Beatles? Not to mention 221 Baker Street.

They enjoyed a ride through the Cotswolds, dined in an old pub in Andover, saw the giant chalk horse in the mountains, and strolled around Stonehenge.

Of all these marvels, some of the most enjoyable times were those spent on streets with locals, relaxing on leather couches in English pubs, and cruising along the Thames as the sights passed us by.

It has all passed by, but the memories of London will linger. Perhaps long enough to form a travel story …

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