This morning’s weather was just like the last few days- sunny and crisp. I didn’t even think to grab the umbrella still buried in my suitcase on my way out. And as you can guess, I found myself caught in the rain. Twice. The first time, Paul (French Patisserie chain) saved me. I was able to stop for a few minutes under their awning and then decided to treat myself to a wonderfully rich hot chocolate. The second time I was walking around Trafalgar Square and managed to slide past the crowds into the Portrait Gallery (which I loved). It was entertaining watching the city react to the mid-afternoon downpours. The locals all put up their umbrellas immediately and carried on as if it were nothing, and the tourists either trudged through with bright-coloured umbrellas or scrambled to find cover in shops.
I visited the British Museum this morning- I had been once before and after today I would still go back. After about an hour’s time, you can pretty much tour the world; I spent the most time in the Mesopotamia rooms. My favourite exhibit is the Enlightenment Room. There are artifacts, fossils, sculptures and globes, all surrounded by wall-to-wall bookshelves meant to showcase how the great thinkers during this period tried to learn as much as they could.
At the Portrait Gallery I saw the famous portrait of Queen Elizabeth that I am sure you would recognize. I also saw a beautifully simple painting of the Bronte sisters which I loved because I find it amazing that all three sisters – Anne, Emily, and Charlotte – were published (Wuthering Heights is a favourite of mine).
Off to the pub soon!