Now, London was FREEZING. I know I know, what am I complaining about after the winter that many of you had...but it SNOWED! I was seriously under-dressed, but fortunately my folks helped out with some bits and pieces to wear.
We had a fantastic time. We went to the Royal Academy an saw an exhibit of French and Russian paintings out from St. Petersburg and Moscow. It was incredible...some of my favourites were this one, and this one plus some Gauguins, this was my favourite. We also saw a fantastic Renoir and some Monet as well. There were some interesting Russian works as well, though they were, by and large, visibly inferior. The kids enjoyed it quite a bit as well. There was one painting by one of the Russians that I adored, and they even had a postcard of it, but I'll be a monkeys uncle if I can find it right now...I'll post a photo of it later.
We wandered past Buckingham Palace
which, miracle of miracles, was doing the changing of the guards...we didn't see all that much but other tourists, but it was still pretty neat. On the way we saw this monument to Canadian Soldiers...
We went on to a DELICIOUS pub lunch near here,
Does that not look intensely British? I cannot put my finger on why...I think it must have to do with the colour of the bricks.
I had bangers and mash as well as tea and lemonade, we also got pork scratchings, as in deep fried pig skin and fat...mmmmmm mmmmmm goooood....
The only surprise for me at lunch is featured in the following photo...see? What's wrong with this photo...remember this is within spitting distance of the royal palace.
We went off down to Big Ben, yes Beth I said Hi for you...
And then on down to Westminster Abbey which was closed largely for the Easter festivities, though we got in and saw a bit.
Finally we went down to the river. I cannot resist water and boats, so here are some for you,
We went and saw Spamalot that night which was hilarious, the kids had a fantastic time. The covered every single solitary cliché out there, though Eldest pointed out that the wedding chapel in Vegas should have had an Elvis impersonator. A funny comment, though it makes me wonder how she would know that.
Here's the snow...I know. No sympathy from anyone....
Here's another photo, I cannot end with snow.
The man said that Chuck was acting strangely with all of us gone. Chuck kept following him around the house and staring at him like something out of a Hitchcock. Staring and staring with a penetrating question in his eyes, "Where did you bury the bodies????"