Another long day.  First we walked around Piccadilly Circus, which reminds me of a more elegant Times Square.  Tried to capture the place in one wide shot but found it impossible, so I was only able to catch it in snippets.  Just one of those places that you have to see to really know.

Then Callie and I popped into Fortnum & Mason, kind of a higher-end Macy's, to slobber over their delectable sweets.  We treated ourselves to one truffle apiece.  Mine was in the shape of a little teacup and so beautifully-decorated!  It looked exactly like a teeny little teacup.

Then we walked to the National Gallery by Trafalgar Square.  Wow!  A sweeping monument to Lord Nelson memorializing his death in the Battle of Trafalgar against the French and Spanish navies in 1805.  The British won and he's considered one of their greatest war heroes.  With a monument like his, it's pretty obvious.  Again, really hard to capture the awesomeness of the statue soaring over the square, looking toward Big Ben (I think), but the picture I chose as one of the top 3 for this post just about manages it.  I had to tilt my head way back to get the shot and immediately felt a dizzying vertigo, the statue is so tall.

National Gallery - again, free.  So great.  Saw a special exhibition there by the artist Michael Landy called Saints Alive.  Wasn't allowed to take photos, but he was inspired by portraits of various saints in the Gallery to create some mechanized sculptures of them.  You could press foot pedals or buttons and they would move, depict that particular saint's affliction or manner of death.  One was just a giant wooden wheel that represented Saint Catherine.  She was tortured on a wheel.  Landy painted various quotes around the wheel based on her life story, and when you spin the wheel it lands on your "fortune" ("Milk instead of blood will flow from your body" etc.)  Don't ask.  Just look up her story if you want to know more.

Then it was off to lunch at the George Inn.  All I have to say about this place is that Dickens AND Shakespeare ate here!  Hello?  Stuff like that really thrills me.  To know that I was in the same place that the Bard himself was just gives me chills.  (Oh, and I forgot to mention that on the Queen Mary I got to take a little Shakespeare course from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts!)  The George was fairly empty when we went, though it was late in the afternoon on a Monday.  Food was good.  Callie got a traditional Steak & Ale pie, but I wasn't as adventurous.  I got a burger.

Then we took a bus over to Tower Bridge - beautiful.  Got a peek at the Tower of London, which I'll visit later.

Today I'm packing, doing a little writing, preparing for my trip to PARIS!  We leave this afternoon, so my next post, dear friends, will be from the City of Light!

07/16/2013 6:32am

St. Geo. Inn sounds fab! Isn't it thrilling to walk somewhere that an admired, historic figure has traversed?! And in London, you can hardly walk a foot without stumbling upon some impressive history. That's what thousands of years of advanced civilization will give 'ya!

07/17/2013 5:02am

YES!!! Exactly. That time somehow compresses together a little between you and Shakespeare or Dickens because you're standing where they once did. Thrilling!


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