Thursday, August 29, 2013
The museum was first opened in 1759, a building to house the collection of Sir Hans Sloane, who wanted his artifacts to be available for everyone to see. It was the first national public museum in the world and has never charged for admission. Special exhibits do have an entrance fee, but the regular exhibits are open to anyone. Of course, a donation is always welcome.
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People are not allowed to take photos in the museum, but the museum collection is on line . Lots of Greek, Roman, Egyptian, early Anglo-Saxon, Arabic, etc. etc. We saw the Rosetta Stone, up close, and I was surprised at how small the script was given that it is chiseled into the stone. The top third of the stone is hieroglyphics, the second third is Demotic, an Egyptian form of writing, and the bottom third is ancient Greek. All three sections are translations of each other, and this stone was crucial in learning the meaning of the hieroglyphics.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
It felt very much like going to a fair except there was the added attraction of the ocean. We spent an enjoyable afternoon and took the train back to London. We had hoped to see some of the countryside on our train ride, but that route has many embankments and trees right by the tracks so we rarely got a view into the distance. The glimpses we got showed slightly rolling farm land, not unlike Eastern Ontario.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Wild purple asters are beside it which should look nice once they open up.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Benedictine Monks had a community on this site in the 10th Century beginning a tradition of daily prayers that continues until today. It has been the Coronation church since 1066 and the present church was built by Henry III in the 13th Century.
During WW2, it sustained some repairable damage and it lost a lot of its stained glass windows due to the force of the bomb blasts.
Next time, some details of the Abbey. There is so much photo material here that you could seriously wear out your camera.
As you can see, we had fabulous weather, too. About 22C with sun and a breeze.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Westminster Cathedral is the mother church for the Catholic church in England and Wales.
After gawking at the cathedral, we consulted our maps , made a few more wrong turns and ended up back on the bus heading for the Abbey.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
several chimneys, perhaps for each floor.
A melange of rooftops and chimneys. Wish the picture wasn't blurry.
A handsome building with a rooftop with a railing so you can enjoy the view.
No picture of the Underground station which we eventually found after a missed turn. London streets take many unexpected twists and turns so it's easy to get lost. A trusty map is a must.
London has an extensive subway system. They started building it in the 1800's so they've had lot of time to expand it. It's a great way to get around but if stairs are an issue, then the buses are a better option, as many of the underground stations do not have escalators. You can buy an Oyster transit card,usable for different lengths of time, which is good on the buses and subways. Very convenient.
Monday, August 19, 2013
At first glance the trees would seem to be of ordinary height, but when you see a person nearby you realize how huge these trees in Green Park are.
Fleur de lys ornaments. Reminds me of Quebec.
A not-so-picturesque view looking away from the palace. There is lots of building going on in London. Time does not stand still.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
When we arrived at Buckingham Palace, I was again reminded that I don't find it a very attractive building. To me it looks like a courthouse or some other similar institution, but I suppose a palace isn't necessarily supposed to look inviting. The geraniums were nice, though.
The Victoria Memorial Monument stands in front of the palace. I find it has a little too much gold for my taste - dare I say tacky?
Both patrol at the palace. My son tells me that the red coated guards are highly trained and that I should not be deceived by their quaint uniform.