After getting lost in the city this morning, made it to class and learned about the reign of Charles I and Charles II in 15th Century England. Here’s the summary: Relative X kills Relative Y because Woman A heard who is dating Relative Z had relations with Relative X who plotted to overthrow Relative Z because Relative Y promised him gold…blah blah blah. Just kidding, there’s so much more to the story behind the royals and the constant fight for the crown, but much of it involves a plot line similar to that. After class, we walked through Russell Square and took the tube to the Banqueting House, which has some of the oldest canvas paintings on the ceiling. The art has been restored twice, but remains brilliant with color. On the open hall floor were bean bags and movable tables with mirrors so that tourists could either lay or stand to view the incredible details of the canvases. Additionally, we stopped in Trafalgar Square, snapping pictures of various monuments and busts paying tribute to war heroes, even George Washington! Our last stop for the day was the National Portrait Gallery Museum. Inside there were two main exhibits, “the Royals” and a “World War I Tribute.” Hundreds of restored war paintings and busts of honorable British service men and women as well as features of the different family trees involved wight he royal family were on display. Sadly, no photography was allowed.
I unpacked my delivered groceries from Tesco (a Kroger/Safeway equivalent) this evening. I guess that’s the thing to do around here. It only costs 1 pound to be delivered and you pick a time slot after doing all your grocery shopping online. A neat and efficient concept! I also enjoyed some time to myself this evening making a hearty dinner in the apartment and catching up with my readings for tomorrow’s class. A special heads up: I’ll be at Buckingham Palace tomorrow and in Hyde Park for class outside. Pray for no rain!