In the footsteps of Holmes and the Ripper

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Wednesday’s column (read it here) is about my visit to the Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221B Baker St., London, and my participation in a Jack the Ripper walking tour. Above is another Daily Bulletin on Vacation shot of me outside the museum. They hand you a deerstalker cap to wear and a pipe to hold, and there’s a fellow there in a bobby outfit to pose with you. He didn’t know quite what to make of my request that he hold a newspaper, but one guesses he’s been asked to hold all sorts of odd objects in his day.

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The museum itself is only so-so, the highlight being the version of Holmes and Watson’s study. Above is a portion of it, including Holmes’ chair. A dedicated Sherlockian could probably identify every object on display. His violin is clearly visible. There’s probably a 7 percent solution on the mantle.

There wasn’t much to shoot from the Ripper tour, but below is a shot toward the end, the spooky Christchurch of Spitalfields as the backdrop, the guide perched on a ledge in a stocking cap.

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You can read about the Ripper here and about the tour here.

As for Holmes, read about the museum here and 221B Baker St. here.

Below is another Daily Bulletin on Vacation shot with the Holmes statue outside the Baker Street subway stop and a photo of the tile mural inside the station.

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