The British Museum

Trip Start Mar 26, 2011
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Trip End May 01, 2011


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Thursday, March 31, 2011


Today I think I am tired.  It was hard to get going.  The 3rd roommate left for school and Ooud and I talked a little until she set out.  She thanked me for talking with her but it was my pleasure...she was a very nice young woman.  

The first order of the day was to go back to the bookstore that had the remainders of some cute little classic travel books:  Humboldt, Wallace, Kingsley, Marco Polo, et al.  I took my mailer to see how many I could get it....all but one that I wanted.  Then off to the Post Office...I had been there before...it was a combined Post Office, convenience store where I got juice.  There was quite a line after I found a bigger, much more expensive mailer but managed to send the package and some postcards out with a very inquisitive postmistress....where do I live, do my family live there, etc.  Now it was almost 11 am and I still haven't eaten so I made some time for what was advertised as a complete English breakfast

After breakfast...my main meal for the day,  I walked across Euston Street to the London Library.  This is a fantastic new library with a courtyard and its own cafe.  Very nice!  Inside there are of course books and people looking a books and studying.  There was also an exhibit - very high tech - of all the various forms of English.  There were were written and audio specimens.  You could also make a recording of your own particular dialect/accent for their files.

Then I headed off to the British Museum.  I  tried to see as much of Bloomsbury as I could but I didn't see a whole lot before I got to the museum.  This building too is very grand....and big.  I went in the outdoor courtyard where lots of people were sitting out having lunch.  The indoor courtyard had a center conference area where there was a special exhibit of Afghani treasures saved during all the periods of war.  I didn't think I could get a ticket but there was no problem and I got right it.  This part...although fascinating artifacts...was tiring because there were so many people you had to stand around quite a bit.  Eventually I got through everything...fascinating tomb artifacts of some nomads in northern Afghanistan where the man and 4 or 5 women had gold decorations on their robes.  After this exhibit, I went to find the Rosetta Stone and the Parthenon stones....they were all in generally the same area so that was much easier going.  Sometimes it was hard to know which were plaster casts of the Parthenon frieze and which were real.  I liked the expressions on the faces of the sculptured people.  The early Cyclades pottery and sculptures were wonderful too....as well as the Minoan.  So by the time the museum closed on me and we got flushed out of the galleries....I was sated.  A quick trip through the gift shop....they let us do that....and I was ready to get back to the hostel.

So tomorrow morning isn't as bad as I thought.  My flight isn't until 1 pm so I can get the tube to Victoria Station sometime before nine and then take a train to Gatwick.  So now to do some photo management tasks and hopefully get online for a bit.

 

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