From: Seoul, Korea
I made it to London earlier this week on business and although I could have used more time, I managed to fit in visits to the Imperial War Museum and the HMS Belfast. More importantly, I met up with Obvert a couple of times over a few pints.
Obvert is the first AE forumite I've met in person, and hopefully not the last. Of course, we had plenty to talk about, and not just about AE. The gentleman is also a long-term American expat and he also has a lovely daughter (his is 13 months' old), whom I got a chance to meet at The Duke of Sussex, which has a pretty decent selection of pub grub and suds.
The IWM has at least two worthy exhibits: one on WWI and one on the Holocaust. I learned a few things in the WWI section and the Holocaust one is suitably depressing. The WW2 section was nothing special. Other parts may or may not have been good. I also picked up McLynn's "The Burma Campaign: Disaster into Triumph 1942-45" from the book shop there.
The Belfast is of course a great ship. Eight decks were available for walking around (which means it's a lot more accessible than the USS Intrepid in NYC). The top deck was under renovation, unfortunately, or it would have been nine decks. I spent over three hours tooling around, from the Flag Deck to the Forward Boiler Room.
Between business meetings I also made it to the impressive Foyle's Books on Charing Cross Road, which has an excellent WW2 section in particular, and handles warfare in general quite well. I haven't been in a bookstore that good in decades, if ever.
I hope to coincide my next trip there with the 2019 or 2020 Duxford Air Show, which is held in May. You may have seen Obvert's photos of last year's show in the forum.
Overall it was a great trip, and I look forward to meeting Obvert again either over there or in these parts.
Beer, because barley makes lousy bread.