We arrived at the British Museum and headed in. One of the nice things is the fact that it is FREE! I love that! There is so much to see here too. The age of the relics in the British Museum is astounding! It is hard to even wrap my mind around the age of some of the pieces. Let me share some of the things we saw while there.
|The entrance to the British Museum is rather plain considering how much stuff it has from all over the world!|
|Great Court with its glass covered ceiling.|
|Lion of Knidos (modern day Turkey) from either 170's AD or 390's AD|
|THE Rosetta Stone- Three different language saying the same thing. |
This allowed Egyptian hieroglyphics to be understood for the first time in the modern world.
|Statue of Ramesses II - Ruler of Egypt starting in 1279 BC and ruled for 67 years|
|Giant Egyptian scarab from what is now modern Turkey from around 330 BC|
|Winged Lions from the North-West Palace of Ashurnasirpal II about 883-859 BC|
|Ancient Greek or Roman Woman that was beside....|
|....this other statue. The lady was sketching this one. Want to see what she had drawn?|
|Er....I don't see it...do you? I stood over this poor lady's shoulder to get this picture. She had no clue I was there!|
|I have no idea what this one is called. I could look it up or I could tell you my title. |
You are getting mine! I call this, "Welcome to the gun show"!
|We must have been getting hungry because we started to get silly. Zoom in and you can read the |
real description or you can go with Frankie's which was the bloody horse head from the Godfather.
|Show down at the British Museum. Yep, hunger had really set in.|
|I wish I could give you more detail on this besides the fact that I liked it. |
The museum is huge and winding and full of articles.
I tried to retrace our steps using the British Museum website,
but with my limited knowledge it was hopeless.
|Molossian Hound - The Mastiff is a descendant of this breed.|
|But really, all I saw was a puppy (all things cute are called puppies in my world)! |
Awwwh!! He looks so happy!
|Together for eternity....double awh!|
|Drat! That was the one thing I really wanted to see! |
The Gneiss sphinx of Ammenemes IV...didn't you want to see it too?
|I took this one because this is the face my cat makes when I scratch him under his chin. So cute!|
|Very very interesting or very very scary....I can't decide.|
|It is amazing that this baby rattle has survived as long as it has. I am sure that |
babies threw things like they do today back in the 3rd and 2nd century BC!
|And then they used it as a neti pot....|
|The guy with the big butt on the right got a good punch in on the guy on the left. Look at the blood! |
I did find out that this was from around 520-510 BC by the Nikosthenes painter from Greece.
I think the London city air did something to my brain. I ate a place called Onion. I HATE onions and avoid them at all cost! But let me tell you what, it was a nice sandwich shop! Not sure why they would call themselves something so disgusting, but they made up for it with some good food and the fact that they served Lavazza coffee (Italy's #1 one brand of coffee)!
|Tuna Melt on Ciabatta Bread|
|Caffe latte made with Lavazza|
|Eduardo Paolozzi's rendition of a print by William Blake titled Newton. |
The sculpture and the print illustrate how Isaac Newton's equations changed
our view of the world to being one determined by mathematical laws. I heart Newton!
|Seen in the library foyer. It's a book. It's a bench. It's a book bench! Awesome!|
We saw original works of literature, musical scores, and lyrics written in their own handwriting by George Frideric Handel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, The Beatles, Jane Austin, Leonardo Di Vinci, Lewis Carroll, Charlotte Bronte, Sylvia Plath and Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbery Tales. If you would like to see some of these online, follow this link to the library's Turning the Pages system. We also saw the original Magna Carta and some of the earliest Bibles. You can see more about the Magna Carta and other artifacts from the library's Treasures in Full link. It was an amazing place!
We saw a lot of history today and not just London history! We called it a day and headed back towards the hotel. I wanted to eat supper at the Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub because of the history of it and it was close to the hotel. Plus, having the word "cheese" in the name didn't hurt!
There had been a pub on this site since 1538! Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese was destroyed in the great fire of 1666, but was rebuilt by the next year.
|This is the list of all the Kings and Queens that have ruled since the rebuilding of the pub!|
We tried to go in but it was packed. I am not a fan of large crowds so we backed out to find somewhere else. I am glad my husband understands my strangeness and doesn't try to fight me on them!
We went to Itsu- a healthy Asain inspired restaurant instead. I had the superbowl which had spinach, French beans, mushrooms, peppers, bean sprouts, carrots, leeks, tofu, cashew nuts, seedweed, and brown rice, in a fragrant Thai sauce and a cup of cold thai basil lemonade. It was so yummy! AND I even ate it with the chopsticks! That was the first time I was able to do that. I felt so worldly!
Wait, not worldly in the sense of sex, drugs, and rock and roll!! But more like....well...I can't think of the word! So let me do this... I felt so cultured!
Frankie ordered some sushi and prawn potsu (whatever that is) which had prawns (shrimp), seven vegetables, a free range egg, and udon noodles in a broth. He didn't really care for it. I think that it might have been because the noodles where much thicker than we are use to and it turned him off from it.
|My yummy meal!|
|Frankie's sushi. Do you see the tiny little bottle of soy sauce? So cute! He said these were good.|
|Frankie's Prawn Potsu|