October 25 – London Showers

Showers on the Strand

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!



6 thoughts on “October 25 – London Showers

  1. Gabriella says:

    I love this picture! The double decker bus and black car are the two match box cars Dad brought home for me from England 🙂

  2. Rachel Devine says:

    Omg I am so excited for my trip to Scotland and England with Matt!!! 🙂

    Your pictures are beautiful! Cannot wait to hear the rest of your stories!!

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