High Tea January 2013
My son Thomas with my wife Stephanie:
My friend Maureen Walker and I on our way to Frogmore, Windsor Great Park:
Ever at my desk working on my blog!
A portion of the Moore Family: Mrs. Stephanie Moore, daughters: Christina and Andrea, son: Thomas C.I. –one son and one daughter missing: Richard Moore and Kimberly Moore Lohr (Thomas Moore Sr. took the photograph!) 1 December 2012
I found an English tailor and a wonderful source for Scottish plaids. I like the lining most of all: a Union Flag
A cafe opposite Notre Dame, Paris
QUEEN MARY2 PHOTOGRAPHS:
Several years ago, friends of mine came to visit me in London. They were experiencing opera at Covent Gardent. I will never forget an experience seeing TOSCA and sitting in the Duke of Norfolk’s box. The entire evening was magic. Martha VanSickle, in the blue rain coat, sent this photograph to me. What a great time and memory!
Readers must ask themselves who in the world is the author of this blog. What does he know about anything. What makes his information credible? I don’t blame you for wondering who I am. Let’s see if I can give you an idea. My son Thomas Jr. and I own a short-let company for flats in Central London. We have been offering flats to travelers to London for nearly thirty years. Between the two of us, we have 45 years experience. IT’S A LIFE SENTENCE, for sure. We love our work, and we have thrown all our energies into the effort of doing a great job. We have had spectacular team members and owners over the years who have all made contributions, but it has been our ultimate responsibility to see that everything works.
I am Thomas Moore Sr., and I am the host of this blog. Let me give you some insight into my travel experience. I live in the United States but have maintained a London home for the past twenty-five years. I spend a good deal of time each year in the UK, often being in London four or five times a year. My September trip was my 168th trip to the UK during my sixty-six years. My wife Stephanie makes me laugh when she says I salivate when I see a suitcase because a trip to London means new experiences and more music, more theater, more paintings, more antiques, more flats, and more restaurants. With an airplane ticket, a debit card, and my passport, I am away knowing that I am off to what I consider the most civilized spot on the planet: London.
Over the years, I have taken many tours to Europe. My own children and their friends were dragged onto planes, trains, and boats to enjoy the “European Experience.” It must have had its effect because my five children love to be Londoners, wandering London streets. We have wandered through galleries looking for paintings, furniture, rugs, jewelry, and miniatures. I have wandered all over Britain in an effort to add to my 18th century porcelain and miniature collection. I must say it has been an enchanting time gathering fine items for home to be given to my family. I have been a literature scholar specializing in Renaissance literature, graduating from Brigham Young University in French and English Literature. I completed a Master’s Degree with an emphasis on French Renaissance literature. And then I went to the East to study Neo-Platonism in European poetry. All along, I also had an emphasis in History.
In later years, I taught for over thirty years while developing several businesses and enjoying many community projects. I was Vice-President of the Utah Symphony, President of the Union Station Development Corporation which restored the historic Ogden train station. I was instrumental in placing the Eccles Historic District on the the National Register for Historic Places. My wife and I bought one of the great Prairie-style houses designed by Eber Piers, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, which later became the home of Marriner S. Eccles, eventually Under-Secretary of the Treasury and First Chairman of the Reserve Board–possibly the most important financier of the 20th century. Stephanie and I have filled the house with fine paintings, 18th century porcelain, fine Persian rugs, 18th century furniture, and fine silver. It is much like an English country house–dogs on the beds and in the chairs. But more, it has been the home of our five children, and now our 13 grandchildren.
Our life in London includes theater, church, historical residences, furniture, Persian rugs, ancient documents, silver, and Derby porcelain. I love to collect, and I have friends in the art world, the book world, the stamp and coin world, and the world of music. I love our life high in the Rocky Mountains, but I am always eager to get to London to plug in my charger. I love to take my friends with us, and we have wonderful times riding the double decker buses, wandering through the galleries, and haunting book shops and antique markets. I rush to Portobello Road to see my dealer friends whom I have known for years. Sometimes, they have items they have been saving for me, and I am excited to be with them. Our jeweler is always designing something which intrigues us, so we arrive at Heathrow, put down our luggage, and head off.
My wife says I talk about London from morning until night. She is thrilled I am writing this blog because she hopes I spread my London enthusiasm around a bit. After 43 years of marriage and non-stop London chatter, she is delighted to share my UK enthusiasm. She tells me I should write a London travel book; I tell her that I prefer to be in one. So, here we are.
I am so happy you are all coming along with us on this blog experience. I hope it is helpful, and I hope you will post and assist. Your ideas and experiences are valuable to those who are participating. I am really eager to hear from you; I am always searching.
Well, THAT’S IT.