The last ten days in June, Melissa and I took a little trip to England for research, a conference, and a few days of sightseeing. The kids stayed with a dedicated army of friends and relatives who kept them fed and clothed and happy while we were gone, and to all of you, we are very grateful. Below is a photo dump of our trip, with a few highlights.
The trip started out with a seven hour layover in Philadelphia. What do you do when you have a half a day in one of the best cities for art in the World? You catch train into town fro the airport and you make a mad dash around the city to see as much as possible before you have to be back to the airport.
Our plan was to to hit the Rodin museum and then whatever else we had time for.
the Mormon ones I grew up with (and I never really liked that one (in the link)...it looks like Christ is shunning people, and I don't think Christ is capable of shunning anyone. Rather, we choose to turn our backs on him, but that's another story).
see this map. In short, The family had a history of rough-edged individuality that involved hard living and hard drinking, and it turns out, the valley that many of them came from (Stock End) had a reputation for lawlessness, and according to local history, the constables didn't like coming down to that area because of said lawlessness.
Here's a shot of the interior, standing just about where ( I presume) great great grandma Martha Cooke Steele Franklin and Edward George Franklin would have stood in 1887 when they were married. Ed would die of the flu 4 years later and set the stage the family's conversion to the Church. Martha remarried a man named Aurthur Steele and they met missionaries in 1901, were baptized in 1902, and then emigrated to the US a few years later with a larger group of LDS converts coming to the intermountain west of the United States.
More later. This is just the first three days!