"Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."
--Roald Dahl, "The Minpins"
My sister and I recently took a trip to England (based in London) and Rome. The highlight of the London portion of our trip was the day we took a train from London Marylebone station to the tiny town of Great Missenden, most famous as having been the home of the writer Roald Dahl. We traveled there specifically to see the Roald Dahl Museum, and it really was worth the trip. It was only 40 minutes by train, and the town was lovely and all that you'd expect a tiny British town to be. The museum was whimsical, with many fanciful details. To top it off, the food at the museum restaurant, Cafe Twit, was delicious, well-priced, and very fresh, and the chef and staff were exceedingly friendly. Where else can you enjoy a piece of Bogtrotter cake, Matilda-style, drizzled with chocolate ganache, white chocolate, and maltesers, along with fizzy lifting drinks?
|Dahl and Fantastic Mr. Fox|
|Chocolate Doors...they even seem to melt.|
|Letter from Roald Dahl to his mother, signed "Love from BOY"|
|First draft folio from "The Witches"|
|Dahl with Quentin Blake, his amazing illustrator|
|We're a complete Wonka. Only half the size of Roald Dahl, it seems|
|Dahl's writing shed and chair|
|Meghan with the original set from the recent film version of "The Fantastic Mr Fox": an animator's dream?|
Afterward we stuffed ourselves on the Bogtrotter cake and a delicious, fresh lunch at Cafe Twit. I broke my diet for this and it was worth it. It was absolutely delicious.
|(Bruce) Bogtrotter cake at Cafe Twit, Great Missenden, UK. Yes, it was as good as it looks.|
We then walked through town and in the country and stumbled across the cemetery where Dahl was laid to rest.
As you might guess, the BFG showed us the way:
|Me and the BFG's footprint|
|The grave of Roald Dahl|