Thursday, January 25, 2007

London Highlights II: Museums

After our tour of Westminster Abbey (see below), we walked through St. James Park, looked at Buckingham Palace, then walked back through the Admiralty Arch to Trafalgar Square. Our first stop was the National Portrait Gallery, where we saw portraits of everyone from King Henry VII to Daniel Radcliffe. I was particularly thrilled to see Cassandra Austen's 1810 watercolor of her sister, Jane. After a dinner of Indian food on Charing Cross Road, not far from Leicester Square, we returned to the National Gallery for a whirlwind tour of some of our favorite works of art. I spent a long time gazing at Leonardo DaVinci's "The Virgin of the Rocks" and Renoir's "Les Parapluies." The following morning, we wandered around the British Museum before coming back to Kenilworth on the 13.50 from Marylebone.

Top to bottom: Pelicans in St. James Park; Rob and Will posing with one of the lions on Trafalgar Square; The National Gallery; Ramses II in the British Museum; the boys posing with a Roman copy of the Discobolos from Hadrian's Villa.

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