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13 April 2005

anxious to get back

i decided i was going to take it easy today after making the resolution on monday to insert more relaxation time in my days. i planned to check out the national gallery and the national portait gallery in the morning and then head over into one of the parks to enjoy the scenery in the afternoon. similar to my visit to the tate modern however, my visit to the national gallery turned into an all day affair (which was just as well because it rained lightly throughout the day). as i said before, i haven't kicked the art museums much in the past and while i was in boston i never once visited the museum of fine arts. really a shame. after visiting the national gallery in london, i realized what i've been missing. i spent the entire day in the national gallery viewing paintings by van gogh, monet, seurat, michelangelo, da vinci... absolutely amazing. what's incredible is that the galleries are free to the public... if i lived in london i could definitely see myself visiting them regularly.

the national gallery is open late on wednesday, but the national portrait gallery (located on the opposite side of the same building and which features portraits of important british figures from the early 16th century through modern day) was closing at 6pm. i lost track of time and only got to spend about an hour and a half in the national portrait gallery. i was a bit rushed and i think i missed a few things, but i was fairly anxious to get back in the national gallery which was open for another three hours. i spent another couple hours in the national gallery until my back couldn't take the stress any longer.

back in the flat, i made reservations at a hostel in oxford, england, where i plan to spend friday and saturday. after that, i'll head north either to manchester, england, or the entire way up to glasgow, scotland. friday night will mark my first hostel stay since arriving in england... i'll miss the cushy accomodations at sam's.

posted by paul on Wed 13 Apr 2005 at 19:54:56 est (-05:00)


Hey Paul, Instead of skittles, try "Maynard's wine gums" (NO wine!) for candy, um, sweets. Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles are good too. And maybe try Schweppe's Ginger Ale or better yet, "Bitter Lemon" or ginger beer (again No alcohol) for something to drink? Assuming of course that the ubiquitous tea with milk is not your thing. . .and how are those cucumber sandwiches? Seems like your adventure is going well and that you are taking full advantage of all that London has to offer. Glasgow (where my side of the family is from) is ok, good contemporary art museum outside of Glasgow in the Pollok (rhymes with bollock) Country Park estate--an easy bus ride from the city IF you can manage the "language"! The "Glaswegian" accent is impossible to understand. Edinburgh is better and the CASTLE is superb! Enjoy it all and keep posting. . .Lynne

posted by lynne leib on Sat 16 Apr 2005 at 12:35:35 est (-05:00)

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