London, again

“By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show.” Samuel Johnson.

We took the train from Oxford to Paddington Station, and found our little friend there.

 

Then took the underground to Trafalgar Square to see Lord Nelson and the lions.

The view

From there we headed to the National Gallery — they have a great kids workbook that have them look at paintings from all over the museum and talk about them.  It was great fun.  It’s pretty incredible to see da Vincis, Monets, van Goghs, etc all in one place.  Bill loved “A Dutch Yacht and Other Vessels Becalmed by the Shore.” (I think he just likes to say becalmed.) JA’s favorite was Monet’s “Water Lilies Setting Sun,” Molly’s was “The one I saw through the doors that had the horse.”  (It’s called “Whistlejacket” by George Stubbs.) I was quite taken by the Van Goghs.  Sunflowers makes me swoon.

From there we walked across the street to St. Martin in the Fields, and worked on brass rubbings — probably the highlight of the day.

We went to the National Portrait Gallery from there, which is so much cooler than it sounds.  The portraits of Elizabeth I were really amazing.  I also love that there are so many literary types celebrated there.

After wandering around Oxford Street a little, we headed back to Oxford.  We were tired, wet, and cold, but had such a wonderful time in London.  We can’t wait to go back!

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