While I did not walk a marathon today, I may have walked a half.
I started and ended in West London. I walked to the Tate Britain. The gallery focuses on British paintings from the 16th century to modern times. One of the paintings I wanted to see was on loan. I have encountered that a few times this visit.
From there, I found my way to the Southbank and walked to the Tate Modern. In case we have not met, I am not a big fan of modern art but there was a piece by Diego Rivera and a couple of pieces by Salvador Dali. I am a big Dali fan. There were a few pieces that did intrigue me, but for the most part, I am like what is this? Or I could have done this i.e. the stack of bricks or the canvases of solid color. I would love to paint a canvas all black and charge you $10,000 for it. Just let me know. I wrote a paper on modern art during my art history class at the UW. I was very vehement in my critique of it. But the views of the city from the tenth floor are amazing.
From there I did photo stops at the Shakespeare Globe, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower of London. I love the tower. So much history happened in that place. I love to picture Elizabeth I entering there at the dead of night, unsure of the outcome.
From the tower, I took the underground to South Kensington to save time. I loved the neighborhood from the moment I left the station. What a great vibe. Next time I come, I will want to spend more time there. I went to the Victoria and Albert Museum. They have a Frida Kahlo special exhibit, but tickets are sold out. They were having a Day of the Dead event so the place was buzzing. I was able to see most of the gallery. Some areas are closed at 5:45 but the rest are open until 10:00 on Fridays. There were a lot of good pieces. I would like to return and really take my time.
Tomorrow I start the journey home. I wish I had more time, but it is time to get back to the grind. In the words of world-renowned Michael Buble, “Another summer day has come and gone away in Paris and Rome…”.
The area I am staying at is Pimlico/Belgravia. I am about five minutes from the Victoria underground and around the corner from the train and bus station. It’s such a convenient location.
I love the underground, but I also love being able to walk around and see how the neighborhoods connect. I love my Rick Steves’ guidebook because everything is broken up by neighborhood. It’s easy to digest, and there are handy maps where I can see where things connect, and which underground serves where I am going. At of all the brands of guidebooks for Europe, I find his the most useful when it comes to planning and implementing.
Edits when I get home.