“Street where the riches of ages are stowed”London-Theater Studies, Spring 2009
When I was too little to remember we had cable television. We had moved into a new house and either someone forgot to tell the cable company that we did not want cable or perhaps they wanted to finish the contract through the end of the year, but either way, there was cable. During this time period someone in my family recorded the Disney movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks off the television.
It is not HDTV quality, but we had the movie all the same. If you have not seen the movie, google it, finish reading and then go and rent it. It won an Academy Award. In the movie, they are searching for the second half of this magic book and travel to Portobello Road to find it. They stop at numerous bookshops as well as other booths. Ever since this movie, I have wanted to visit and see this eclectic display of ‘things’. So, this past weekend, I did.
Needless to say, Portobello Road does not look quite like it did when Bedknobs and Broomsticks came out. But, just like in 1971, there are still many things to look at, plenty of food to taste, musicians to listen to, and tourists and locals to weave through. Today I left with asparagus, strawberries, a scarf, a dress, a sweater and a small birthday present for the girl who lives next door to me. If I hadn’t had to get back to the Center to meet up with friends to travel to the football game or if it was warmer, I could have stayed at the market for hours. I would probably return sometime in the near future… or perhaps when it’s warmer.
I nearly froze my toes off at the football match we attended.
I am looking forward to warmer days.
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