Today was a bit of a rough start because I didn’t have a great sleep but I managed to get out the door early and take the tube into town. I started my tourist tour at Westminster Abbey. As I was walking there I was overcome with emotion. I think it really hit me how this trip has been a long time coming and how I want to make travelling a bigger part of my life.
I wasn’t satisfied with just seeing the outside of the Abbey so I went inside and slowly walked through with the help of the audio tour. It is a truly remarkable building. There are really no words for how beautiful it is. I am not really a very religious person but I have to admit I was again moved when the priest had us all stop and gave us a blessing. I think being surrounded by all that beauty was just overwhelming for me.
Outside the entrace of Westminster Abbey
Next on the agenda was checking out the Parliament Buildings and Big Ben. A big portion is under scaffolding for restoration but still managed to get a few good shots especially from Westminster Bridge.
The Parliament Buildings
I then strolled for about half another along the South Bank. So peaceful just strolling along, watching all the people. I would stop occasionally and just sit on a bench and take it all in. I decided that for the rest of the day I would just walk around and see what happened. I stumbled upon Trafalgar Square so i grabbed a sandwich and just sat for awhile enjoying the sun.
I spent the afternoon wandering the halls of the National Gallery. You can spend so much time in there. I found myself just sitting in front of some paintings for a good 5 minutes just looking at all the details. I don’t know much about art but I know what I like and what I don’t like. I was surprised by some of the paintings that I found myself drawn too that I don’t think I would have liked 10 years ago. My favourite of the day was The Boulevard Montmartre at Night by Pissaro. From what I understand this piece was his only “nighttime” painting. Maybe it is just because I am drawn to anything about Paris right now but I just found it so beautiful.
The National Gallery
The Boulevard Montmartre at Night by Pissaro
With it now being mid afternoon, I decided to make my way back to the tube station and head back home. I took a few more shots as I walked around.
I should have stopped at this pub for a drink. I was so hot at this point and my back was killing me. It would have probably done me a world of good to sit down for a while and cool down. Maybe I will go back and check it out some other day.
So the funny part of my day was my major tube fail. I was very proud of myself this morning that I managed to get to the tube station and not get lost so when I got back on to head home, maybe I was feeling a bit cocky on my tube riding skills. I wanted to get on the district line to Wimbeldon but got on the District line to Richmond. I didn’t realize it until I got to the South Kensington station so I had to get back on another train and head back to Earls Court. So what do I do? I grab the first train thinking that of course it must be the right one and I got on another freakin train to Richmond. So back to South Kensington I go, back to Earls Court again and then finally get on the right line to our stop at Parsons Green. I will definitely pay more attention from now on! I was, at least, able to laugh at myself!! Hopefully tomorrow I won’t have any issues as I make my way to Kings Cross station where I will take the Chunnel to Paris.
Tonight I am going to attempt to make dinner for George and Jen. Its going to be a chill night as my train is quite early.I am not sure what kind of internet access I will have when I am in Paris so I may have to update this when I get back to London.