My mom dropped a little bomb on me this weekend. I was rocking out to Kenny Chesney’s duet with Tim McGraw, Feel Like a Rock Star, and I asked her how much she loves the song.
She said, “…well, I don’t love Kenny Chesney.”
Then she said she didn’t even really like country music, and she doesn’t know why I like it because I certainly didn’t get it from home.
Despite this, I still took her along for some coffee and Benjamin Franklin-ing. Yeah, that’s right. I went to Ben Franklin’s house in London. The only surviving Franklin home in the world!
She met me at work and we had mochas at the ScooterCaffee on Lower Marsh, near Waterloo. The mocha was some weird kind of chocolate that was super thick. Good!
After the coffee we went next door where I found this 60s bag that I WANT. You know what I’d use it for? A lunch bag. I have to bring 2-3 meals to work every day, and this would be way better than carrying my food in a crappy orange Sainsbury’s bag.
Too cute, huh?
After work we took an architectural tour of the Franklin home near Charing Cross. It cost £3.50 per person, and since it was a Monday afternoon my mom and I and another woman were the only people there. This place should be packed!
So far I’ve visited the homes of:
I loved them all, and although Jefferson is not my favorite founding father, Monticello can not be beat. It’s gorgeous. Here’s the view from his house:
I LOVE American history, because once you study it you realize it’s a lot different than the mythical stories you learn in school.
Outside the Franklin house on Craven Street.
I couldn’t take many pictures because I wasn’t sure if we were allowed to and I was too afraid to ask. He was living in style. He had floor to ceiling windows and the whole first floor to himself. Almost all of the architecture is original from when he lived there.
We stopped off for a drink at our local, but at this point I was so tired! I couldn’t even finish that little glass. Mom had her standard half Guinness, but that wasn’t enough so she got another!
I’m in Rome today! See you Saturday!