Thursday, June 01, 2006

Sherlock Holmes

In case somebody doesn't know, I confess, I am and always will be, a book worm. Some of my favorites from young adulthood are the Sherlock Holmes stories. I like all the characters and the cheeky, tired phrases used in almost every story. To this day, when a new Sherlock Holmes "made for t.v. movie" comes on, I watch it.

So being a fan of Sherlock, I decided I had to go see the Sherlock Holmes museum, located at, you guessed it, 221B Baker St, London. Unfortunately the best thing about the museum was its facade and the gift shop. It was just an old house with period pieces in it, displayed to match descriptions in the stories.

However, some of the more interesting things inside the museum had nothing to do with the stories. There were several letters from fans displayed in the museum. Apparently, people still write to Sherlock Holmes. I have no idea if they are aware Mr. Holmes is a fictional character or that the author is dead; I am sure some of them are too young to know any better, but some of them...I don't know. They might need a reality check. I like this letter the best. I seriously doubt a 5 year old wrote it though; nonetheless, it is very cute.


Expat Traveler said...

Angela this looks like fun and yes I seriously doubt that was written by a 5 yr old too! But that statue, exciting, did you pay for the pic? Isn't he real?

Your pics remind me of "Mr pickwicks" which is in Switzerland and ironically in Canada too! I must still get a pic of that and then do a post!

Uranus said...

When I was a little boy and dreamed of London, I pictured it through the novels of Mr Conan Doyle. To me, the centre of the world was on Baker Street and I promised myself I would visit the Champs Elysees, the Unter den Linden and the Fith Avenue after stepping on Baker Street.

Many years later I moved to London, and I couldn't believe my eyes when I found accomodation sharing an appartment in Baker Street, in fact, the building that you show in your first picture.

That street is in my heart. Long live Sherlock Holmes!

Lotus Reads said...

I am embarrassed to admit I have never read any of the Sherlock Holmes books. I guess I was so wrapped up in Enid Blytons when I was a young girl and moved from there directly to Agatha Christie. I can't help but feel I missed out on so much.

It was great seeing the pictures, Angela and the next time I notice a Sherlock Holmes movie on TV you can bet I'll be tuning in, too!

Diamond Lil said...

Elementary, my dear Watson!

Admittedly, that's all I can remember from any Sherlock Holmes books, movies, or made for TV movies.

Angela in Europe said...

Expat-I don't think the statue was a real person. If it was, it was one of the best ones ever.

Uranus-I think I am a little green with envy! No, no I am. How cool to have lived there.

Lotus-Read a story now! Some of them only take 30 minutes and they are so enjoyable. I promise, you won't be disappointed.

Moment-That is my favorite line, but poor Watson...such an underrated side kick.

Anonymous said...

Super color scheme, I like it! Good job. Go on.