Saturday, July 16, 2011

V & A

Our scheduled tour for Saturday was canceled on account of the guide not showing and we were free to explore the city. A small group of us decided to make our way to the museums. Getting to the V&A, The Victoria & Albert Museum, was quite fun. I mean that truthfully and sarcastically. It just so happened that it was also our first taste of rainy London. And it was our first taste of underground delays. The Piccadilly line was basically not running at all, so after going ahead one stop we headed back up top and took quite a long detour to reach a different station where another train would take us to the V&A.

A rainy day in London. On the other side of the bridge is the
London Eye and the tower that houses Big Ben.

The V&A is HUGE. I had an hour and half to roam and explore and I know I saw less than half of what the museum has to offer.  The images below are highlights of things that caught my attention.  The image of the man sketching Jesus is my favorite, even though it's not the best shot.

Needless to say, the five of us had quite an adventure and came back with some bragging points: we found the river, we navigated the underground system successfully (thanks in large part to Elizabeth), no one was splashed by a bus, and we spent the afternoon in a beautiful museum. All in all it was a great day that was capped with Billy Elliot the Musical, which is a pretty great show. Now I just need tickets to Les Miserables with Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean and I'll be a happy(er) camper.

The obligatory "Mind the Gap" photo taken from the tube.

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