The Day I Got Lost and Other Stories
Trip Start Dec 27, 2011
14Trip End Jan 11, 2012
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After paying, I took the lift to the top of the North Tower. You could see the Olympic stadium from the outer window of the tower, as well as views of the Tower of London
I headed down the south tower, followed the blue line, and ended up in the engine rooms, where the coal was turned to steam and the steam was turned into hydraulic power to open the bridge. The tour spit me out in Tower Plaza, which didn't look particularly familiar, but I hadn't really been paying attention. I knew I needed to find the Tower of London to get back home, but the farther I walked, the less likely I was to find it. I figured I had gone East instead of West and would eventually see something familiar. However, much to my dismay, the farther I walked I was still not on my map. After a good forty minutes of walking, I found a Barclay's bike rental stand, and using the map on the side was able to deduce that 1) I was in Southwark, 2) I did not/should not be in Southwark, and 3) I had no idea how to get back because I was entrenched in Southwark
I was happy to be back in the room, but I had told Erin and Joe that I would go with them to the British Museum. I took 15 minutes to regroup and then we headed out. It was very close to the Goodenough Club (about a 5 minute walk). The first thing we ran in to when we strolled in to the museum (because all of the museums in London are free) was the Rosetta Stone. The stone carries an inscription in different languages that helped unlock the code of the Egyptian hieroglyphics. At the top, it was written in hieroglyphics, the traditional font for monuments
We wandered through the Egyptian rooms until we got to the Greek scultptures. The first room we stumbled upon was of a tomb from Lykian.It is called the Nereid Monument, named after the figures of Nereids, daughters of the sea-god Nereus, which are seen between the columns.
We finally got to the Parthenon room where the Elgin Marbles were kept. The entire room was filled with marbles that were taken by Elgin from Greece. On the far left were sculptures that more represented rubble. However, on the far right side were statutes of gods which I really liked. Among them were Hebe (cup bearer of Zeus), Demeter and Persephone, and a young Dionysos. We continued around the museum and saw the Easter Island statute, the Enlightenment room (which essentially was meant to house the library of King George III's library, although his library is now somewhere else), and "The Wave" by a Japanese art named Katsushika Hokusai (the exhibit was on its last day).
After the museum, we were all starving. We ate across the street at the Museum Pub, which was fairly decent. I had a "jacket potato," which is essentially a baked potato with cheese. After finishing our pitcher of Mule, we headed back to the Goodenough Club to relax before heading to Leicester Square for a showing of Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows at the Empire Theatre right on the Square.
It felt appropriate that if I was going to see a movie in London, it would be one about Sherlock Holmes. What made it better was that the movie did not disappoint (it was actually very good). After Sherlock, we made our way back to the Goodenough. I stopped by to see the people who went to Oxford at the Lamb before retiring for the night.