London Log: An Oliver Twist

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(KKTV) - I love to travel and I try to do it whenever possible. When I am fortunate enough to have a really cool experience, I like to share it here in the hope that others can do it too! I’m posting some travel tips from a recent trip to London.

An Oliver Twist
It’s not on every must-see list for a visit to London, but for literature fans it should be. The Charles Dickens Museum is the house where he lived from 1837 to 1839. Best of all, the study upstairs is where he wrote “Nicholas Nickelby”, “Pickwick Papers” and “Oliver Twist”!


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The latter has a special meaning for my family. I was recently in London with my sister Jen and her family. Over the years Oliver Twist has been a family favorite. As a kid I was in three productions of the musical version of the story, “Oliver!”. One of them was with my sister Jen at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center in 1980. She’s been in two productions, and a few years ago her oldest son Evan played the title role at his school. (He was amazing).

With all of that in mind, it was quite a moment to stand there in that preserved study and look at the very spot where the novel, and therefore the show based on it, was created. You can even see a few pages of the original manuscript.


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The rest of the house is impressive too - full of Victorian furniture and décor. Check out the Dickens Museum, just to stop and see what life was like in a house like that, and to think about what the man created at that desk. Entry is included if you get the London Pass.


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We’ll talk again soon.
Don