I want to put up a new template for this blog, too, but I wasn't able to find one that I really liked, so I decided instead to spend ridiculous amounts of time uploading all the photos of my trip.
For ease of reading, I am breaking things down into the three segments of my trip.
One thing I should warn you about right away is that I am in some of these pictures. You may not want to go any further if you've just had lunch.
Look at me! I'm on the London Tube! I'm hip and cosmopolitan!
Chris and Jenny had sent me the keys to their flat so I could
Here I am with Chris and Jenny on their couch. To save confusion when we all get old and suffer dementia, Chris has brilliantly figured a way to ensure that we will always know where the picture was taken.
The Phins fed me, and, in Jenny's case, showed me the sights of London even as Death's icy grip drew near. They also gave me Internet access, so much of my time there was blogged here and here.
Meanwhile, in Dublin, Lucy (hey, she's got a new look) spotted a street named after one of the most beloved Americans of all time -- me. She snapped a picture of said street with her camera phone and sent it to me with a promise to organize a parade there in my honor.
Cope Street in Dublin, Ireland
When I mentioned the existence of Dublin's Cope Street on my blog, Huw ran to his London A-Z and found two spots in London that share my surname. This rather obviously set the agenda for the next day -- find that street.
Tube station map showing the presence of the most kick-ass street in London.
Cope Street in London, England
After a hearty breakfast on Saturday, we made our way to the fabled urban Valhalla that is Millwall and found my street. There is a chemist's on my street, which means that I shall for some people ever be associated with cold remedies, condoms, and hemorrhoid relief. The family name is in good stead.
We were all deeply moved by the experience and decided that it was best to part ways -- I to western England, Jenny and her boy to the cinema.
Jenny, Chris and me. Chris is hiding.