The train took a while to get to London, but at least I had a book, unlike last time! We took our bags to our hotel, which was a little bed & breakfast run by one of Grandma’s friends near Edgeware Road. There were lots of middle-eastern people in the area, and it was kind of a new thing for me to see lots of women in headscarves and some even in full burkas.
The first thing we did was go to the Victoria and Albert Museum. I specifically wanted to see the historical costumes, which I’m a big fan of! There were not too many, because they had a silly 1960s fashion display, but there were some nice dresses that I took photos of. I also saw the Raphael cartoons and lots of other awesome historical items like tapestries, paintings, suits of armor; the list goes on and on!
That night we went to see a play, a comedy called Hayfever with Judi Dench. The plot is that each member of this melodramatic and theatrical family invites a friend over for the weekend, without telling anyone else, so the house is very crowded and the guests are rather ‘disturbed’ by the eccentric family. It was hilarious! And it was cool to see Judi Dench in real life instead of just movies.
We went to the British Museum, which was fantastic. I especially loved the Egyptian artifacts – there were rooms and rooms full of it! We also saw the Rosetta stone, not to mention loads and loads of Greek, Roman, and other ancient things, plus some more modern things (I guess you can say that 200 year old items are modern, compared to some of the other artifacts there!) It was so awesome to think of how old everything was.
We visited St Paul's Cathedral, which was absolutely amazing. It was huge and so beautiful, but sadly we weren't allowed to take pictures of the interior. I climbed all the way to the top, however - what a workout! Luckily it was a clear day, and I got some wonderful views of London.
We went to a pub to watch the England vs. Trinidad & Tobago soccer match, which was SO much fun. Everyone is absolutely insane about the World Cup here, and I’ve been really getting into it. Soccer is the only sport I like watching! The pub was crammed full and everyone was excited and yelling, and you wouldn’t believe the noise when England scored. It was loud enough to wake the dead!
(I practically chased that bus down the street to get a picture of it!)
(There are tons of little cars like this in England!)