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In Search of Sir Francis Drake
by Kathryn Gillett, Elizabethan England on Britannia
The Globe Theatre
On the Thames at Southwark, Surrey
I could have stayed longer at the Golden Hinde, but had more to do before the end of the afternoon: The Globe Theatre. Just down the road, it is a perfectly accurate reproduction of the original Globe, even down to the thatched roof. What an amazing endeavor. The tour guide was so fascinating in her detail, I rapidly jotted copious notes while I imagined a performance taking place with Drake dramatically positioned over the stage in the official place of honor, with the rabble in 'the pit' gleefully casting spitballs at the actors.
But alas, I could tarry no longer; I had to rush to Victoria Station. So far, I had experienced a bit of adventure and intrigue. Now would come the romance. My sweetheart, Lawrence, had just finished visiting his family in Cornwall and was coming to London to join me in the Cotswolds for a few days before he headed back home to the States. With much anticipation, I decided against risking the potential sluggishness of an Underground relay-ride, so I hailed a cab. The cabbie expertly wound his way through the traffic-laden streets, zipping down unexpected side roads - as all London cabbies seem impelled to do - leaving me in the traveler's state of mind that finds you repeating to yourself, "I just hope he knows what he's doing."
Due to no fault of the cabbie, I was fully expecting to have missed Lawrence by the time I rushed into the waiting area - only to discover that his bus was late and no one knew when it would arrive. I found the closest thing I could to a comfortable seat and imagined what was to come: Like a knight in shining armor, Lawrence would dismount the bus, sweep me off to a rental car - shield me from the terrors of the labyrinth that is the streets of London - and whisk me off to the magical land known as The Cotswolds.
Next Stop: Parte Deux: Kathryn moves on to the Cotswolds
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