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Calling on Sir John Soane

London is filled with an endless supply of quirky museums and on this trip, we found one right out of an HP Lovecraft story. One of England’s great architects, Sir John Soane (1753-1837), collects artifacts from around the world, decorates every wall, ceiling and floor of his home with them and opens his doors to the public. He turns the wine cellar into a Roman burial crypt, complete with an Egyptian sarcophagus. And in his yard, he buries an imaginary monk in the ruins of his imaginary monastery. Soane’s collection remains just where it was when he died in 1837. If Indiana Jones had a great-great-grandfather, the Soane Museum is where you would find him. Yes, it’s free, but you should buy a guide book or something from the gift shop to support the ongoing upkeep and restoration of this awesome home. (Photo courtesy of the Trustees of Sir John Soane’s Museum)

Happy May the Fourth

No, we didn’t build a replica of a speeder bike in the back yard. A couple weeks ago we visited Disney World for Spring Break. This was the first time Peabody and Nettie had gone to Hollywood Studios. They have a small Star Wars themed area with a 1:2 scale AT-AT, the short but awesome Star Tours ride and a super cute Jedi Training program for little kids (they fight Darth Vader at the end). You can even sit on an actual 74-Z! Now that Disney owns LucasFilm, we are hoping that Mickey will open a Star Wars Land devoted to one of our favorite movie franchises. Imagine the possibilities! Get a refreshing drink at the Mos Eisely Cantina. Ride the Kessel Run roller coaster. Eat roast Wampa arm as you wander through the Forest Moon of Endor!

May the Fourth be with you

Happy Star Wars Day! This is the Yoda fountain outside of Building B at the Lucasfilm offices. I have meetings here pretty regularly and it always makes me happy to see the Jedi master.

Waking up from our hibernation

Since our return from winter adventures in Orlando and St. Louis, we’ve been spending much of our adventure time at home, drinking chai, playing games, cooking, crafting and staying dry. It’s been an exceptionally chilly and rainy winter in Berkeley. Despite warnings of snow in Berkeley, it feels like spring is around the corner. It’s time to defrost the Derringdos!