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Easter Sunday In London

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Since I was spending Easter Sunday in London I thought it might be pretty cool to go to Easter Mass in one of the very old Catholic Churches that exist in London. I was not disappointed when I found St. Etheldreda's. St. Etheldreda's was build in and around 1250 AD. It is the oldest Catholic Church in England and one of only two remaining buildings in London from the reign of Edward I. The name Etheldreda was once one of the most popular Saints of the day in London (a Saint I have never heard of). What is also interesting is that this church was surrounded by massive gardens and grounds. but over time the land was sold off and just out right destroyed so now the only thing standing is the actual church, which is sandwiched in between buildings on all sides. DSC05704.JPGDSC05706.JPGDSC05714.JPGDSC05709.JPG
I was not sure what to expect when I attended the mass at this church. As I walked in I could tell this was going to be pretty cool. It was not overly "big" but it was super old and super cool (if you like that sort of thing). What was most striking, to me, was the organ and choir. Now I've heard my share of choirs over the years, and I can tell you, most of them sucked compared to what I heard at this church. The organ and choir were so amazing, you could feel the whole place shake! They were that powerful and that good. I finally understand why so many musicians have been inspired by the church organ and choir over the years. If you go to a good one, it make all the difference. Another thing I noticed is that this mass was a hour and a half long and worshiped in Latin. I can not remember the last time I sat through a mass that long. Over the years the Catholic mass has really been whittled down to its bare bones (which is usually in the realm of 45 minutes long, especially if there is an "Important" game on). So to sit through an hour and half mass was pretty old school to this guy. That and I have never heard a mass done in Latin before. For me the one saving grace for such a long mass was the 20 minute choir and organ break down half way though the mass. It was pretty awesome.DSC05711.JPGDSC05717.JPGDSC05718.JPG

Posted by DC Dave 08:48 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged sunday easter Comments (0)

Portobello Road, London, England

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After dropping off my gear at the hotel around somewhere around 1PM I thought I would head out to Portobello Road, an open air market in the bourough of Kensington, which was not that far from where I was staying. DSC05679.JPG DSC05690.JPGPortobello Road was not what I expected when I walked a few blocks from my hotel into the heart of this district. I thought this market was going to be a small (maybe a block or two) open air market. Then once i traversed that neighborhood I was going to catch the Underground and head to Fulham to catch were the locals would be watching the Fulham Futbal match. DSC05677.JPG Well I had to scratch watching the Fulham match because Portobello Road was HUGE. It went for blocks and blocks and blocks and then some. Not only were people selling everything from antique camera, vintage cloths, silverware (which seems to be a big thing to sell in this town) to meteorites (yeah I could have bought a meteorite) they also had an awesome food court-pop up food stalls. DSC05678.JPGFor me to tackle this market it took me a few hours to walk all the way to the end of the market. Not only was it crowded (due to great weather), there were just a ton of stalls to look at. by 5 o'clock I was starving so I headed to the food section of the market and saw a Thai food stand and ordered the Pad Kee Mao (which it nothing more then Noodles, vegtables, and beef) and it was super good and quite filling. As I ate my thai food they had a bunch of live bands playing in this weird covered room. You were "Outside" but if it were to rain you would not get wet at all. Definitely one of the cooler open air markets I have been to.DSC05681.JPGDSC05685.JPGDSC05688.JPGDSC05671.JPGDSC05664.JPGDSC05676.JPG

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