Lool…as if Abbey Road Studios were actually downtown. I had to take the train and travel 2 tube lines. But it was so worth it!
If you’re a fan of rock and roll, scratch that… if you are a hardcore music lover, this studio should mean something to you, as countless Grammy award winners have recorded here.
There’s an encyclopedia of music names that have graced the studios from The Beatles, to Pink Floyd to U2 to Amy Winehouse to Adele, Coldplay, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Dido, Michael Buble, Kanye West, you name it!
But this studio is however mostly associated with the Beatles. They named their 1969 album Abbey Road, the year the studio got renamed Abbey Road Studios.
At 85 years old, the oldest recording studio stands tall, inaccessible to the public but holds such legend that tourists (500,000 a year) swarm every day taking pictures of the studios at the famous pedestrian crossing on Abbey Road.
The iconic photo of the Beatles walking across the pedestrian crossing has been recreated by countless tourists and music fans who check the place out. I just struck a pose, too excited to walk across.
There’s a souvenir shop just beside the studios filled with keepsakes too bounteous to singly acquire!
From photographs to key holders, umbrellas, notebooks, mugs, fridge magnets, mouse pads, jewelry, oyster card jackets, Inside Abbey Studio books, postcards of vintage microphones, I had a good think before I picked my booty!
There were pocket synthesizers for sale and on display for sampling, to create spunky techno riffs.
The shop was also filled with so much history, going chronologically as seen on the walls above, as well as in pictures inside the shop.
There were also books for sale on music, the history of music and music icons, as well as photography.
I had so much fun and felt so at home that I went twice. I’d still love to go again, and this time, right into the studios proper. Thankfully, I can, with Google partnering with Abbey Road Studios to create an app that takes me right to where the most innovative records were created.
All’s well that ends in the steady town of Grantham, where the United Kingdom royals stop over to rest on their way to distant places.
I stopped over at the Guildhall Town Centre, remniscent of a building in Sagamu (picture above).
Hometown of the legendary Conservative Prime Minister, Thatcher, Margaret, in the heart of Isaac Newton’s school town, Linconshire, I had quite a learning experience.
Visiting the Kesteven and Sleaford High School where Thatcher won loads of prizes, I was more than inspired.
Another highlight of my trip to Grantham, Lincolnshire was stopping over at Alli’s Breakfast House for a massive brunch. The ambience was nice with a framed photograph of Central Park, New York.
I had the mixed steak with chips, gammon, bacon, steak, sunny side up, mushrooms and a buttered toast as aside dish with extra jam which went nicely with my Yazoo chocolate drink. It was lovely, filling and satisfying.
I also visited a private museum called Ellys Manor House, filled with English Renaissance Wall Paintings albeit restricted photography. I got a postcard remniscent of the image below, which was really nice.
Lincolnshire was an amazing place to visit, a laid back community fit for raising kids with a sturdy agrarian people who contribute food to the world.
It’d be a pleasure to go back!
I took a solo trip to Cambridge by train to do something a tad adventurous. Cambridge is such an academic town. I guess that’s one of the things I like about it. It is also quiet, and nobody uses oyster cards…lol
I visited the University of Cambridge Botanic Garden and the Fitzmaurice Museum. The Botanic Garden has a couple of beautiful gardens sprawled over 60 acres of land. It’s a great place to take pictures and the people are super nice. The Glasshouse Range had so many beautiful and interesting plants. Beside the Main Lawn, there was a picturesque fountain surrounded by a another set of plants.
The Scented Garden was close to the Autumn Garden, which had really tall trees, and a lawn which seated the chair of ‘Happy Memories’. Its great view afforded me the opportunity to set my DSLR to timer, and I took pictures of myself twirling on the large expanse of land. It was a fun experience, albeit camera struggles (lol).
The Cambridge Botanic Garden had other gardens including the Winter Garden, The Stream Garden and The Woodland Garden, some of which I went to, as I was also scheduled to visit the Fitzwilliam Museum!
The Fitzwilliam Museum had three floors, with the first floor covering British and European art, the ground floor loaded with Egyptian and Greek art and the lower ground floor, Roman and Ancient Sudanese art. I caught a glimpse of old British cutlery and crockery, as well as British, Italian and Spanish fighting gear including shields, swords, clubs and machetes. With little time, I was unable to capture with my camera all the wonders of the museum in all its glory; not adding the fact that the museum allowed non-flash photography.
There was also a store that sold souvenirs and keepsakes, including jewelry, hair accessories, postcards(my favourite), Greek face statues and books some with particularly humorous titles)! Of course, I bought a couple of goodies!
I really enjoyed my trip to Cambridge with its redder-than-London brick buildings and its intellectual calm. I planned to make a date with the Bridge of Sighs and some other colleges at the University of Cambridge, but time was far spent.
I’ll definitely go back!