Well, I'll get off my bones-of-the-ancestors box and get on with the tour.
We started out early and got back very late. The professors know just where to park on the outskirts of Greater London (and I'm not telling!) to pay reasonable all day parking fees and catch the tube into town.
We got out near the restored Globe Theater where we were to meet up that night for the play and the return to Cardiff the way we came.
|Synchronizing watches (no, that would be the old days) at the restored Globe Theatre|
Then we went on this flash speed tour of London. Prof. Tom talks the walk and walks the talk at high velocity.
|Note the Thames is at low tide.|
There we were at the base of the Templar statue, two men on a horse (which reminds me of a very bad Groucho Marx joke) but it was the Templars! Not having time to go into the Church, I have to go back!
|Lawyers and Barristers be danged, the place is full of Templar Knights! (well, ghosts of them)|
|One of the Royal Courts|
Prof. Tom told us to meet at the pillars of the Opera House that were in My Fair Lady. I took him literally and waited at the pillars of the Opera when he was talking about the pillars used in the movie that were at a church on the other side of Covent Garden. But it was OK. We walked up a street or two, turned a corner, and saw St. Martin's no-longer-in-the-fields and knew where we were.
So we headed down to Trafalgar Square and went to the National Gallery.
It was well worth the price of admission (free), exceeding all expectations. I could only catch a few of my favorites and we could have spent many more hours and we didn't even make it to the Portrait Gallery, yet.
My photos don't do them justice.
|Jan Van Eyck - Portrait of Giovani Arnolfini and his Wife|
|I love Annunciations! - Fra Filippo Lippo|
|And I love St. George! - Paolo Uccelio|
|And then I saw . . . My favorite Nativity!! - Guido Reni|
|Apropos for London|
|A Wheatfield, with Cypresses|
|Lloyd George, Welsh Prime Minister of the UK|
It makes me wonder what the guy behind was thinking.
|My Main Hero down by Big Ben.|
|Westminster Abbey, above the front door.|
|The Towers of the Abbey|
|Waiting in the queue at the Globe|
|Best seats, er, standing in the house!|