The final two days of our vacation was spent in London. I didn’t take as many photos there as I did the other locations, but I did take a few on the first of the two.
A weak season loses a further asset for the week; Tom Bergeron is taking the week off, going to be by the bedside of his ailing father. Alfonso hangs around for another week to host in his place. We get an opening montage of the stars chalking out their most memorable years on the screen which is actually pretty neat, and then we head into the sentimental waltzes(and other dances), which will be peppered by a couple of other announcements to concerning the pros, Witney is engaged, and crazily, Allison is pregnant!
Saltram House is an Georgian-era aristocratic house near Plymouth, originally owned the Parker family, eventually the Earls or Morley, but given up to the National Trust in 1957. The furniture and other contents were given up with it, so they too remain on the house, which is now open for visitors to tour. Although that does necessitate some of the rooms being kept relatively dark to preserve them, enough so that I wasn’t able to photograph everything.
After our time in Belgium, mom and I flew to Great Britain, then took a train to Torquay, there to meet up and spend two days with a friend of hers, who took us all around Devon to see all the sights we could. It wasn’t the easiest two days, since my bag was lost during most of it and for a day and half we even feared it had been stolen, but it finally showed literally just before I went to bed on the second day, but we really saw the place.
So it’s the third week of one of the weakest seasons of Dancing With the Stars we’ve had in a long while, and maybe ABC realizes this season needs some more entertaining celebrities, so tonight, when everyone is dancing to TV music, they bring in the Muppets for the beginning. They man the booth before the opening number, and Miss Piggy appears as Tom’s co-host early in the episode, though Erin comes back in time for the interviews, and they pop up at other times too. But once that’s done, what’s going to be in the rest of the episode? Also, we’ve had a hospitalized celebrity, and it will shortly be hinted that Kim & Tony might not be dancing tonight. Does this mean a withdrawal? We must wait to find out.
I went to Leuven’s Botanical Gardens during my first full day there. An odd choice of destination, I suppose, considering it was a day where it was constantly either raining or threatening to; I ended up spending a lot of time there underneath trees and other covers. Despite that disadvantage, especially when the greenhouse was between exhibits and so had nothing in it to see, I enjoyed my time there, and took a lot of photos.