|Ravens hanging at the tower|
Inside the tower:
There is so much to see at the Tower. I think we spent at least 3 hours there. David likes to read every word of every informational sign, so that might have been part of it ;)
We were planning on going to a huge museum next, but that didn't sound too appealing after already walking all morning. Luckily, while trying to find the museum we happened to walk by a boat tour. Cruising down the Thames sounded much better, so we hopped right on.
|View of St. Paul's from the water.|
|The HMS Belfast was in WWII.|
|Millennium Bridge: the one that gets blown up in Harry Potter.|
|Did you know that London Bridge is really just an ugly slab of concrete?|
We felt refreshed after going down the Thames and back, and had the energy to make it to Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery. On the way we walked by this garden (spring!!) and this Egyptian obelisk (the oldest thing in London).
Just down the street from Big Ben!
The National Gallery was great! And also free. The highlight for me was Da Vinci's Madonna on the Rocks.
This is an unfinished Da Vinci drawing.
We also walked through a big Rembrandt section and saw some Raphael and Rubens. And this famous Dutch painting of the Arnolfinis.
I don't even know who painted this, but I <3 the frame!
After dinner (it's so easy to find food we like in London!!) it was time to head to the Bach concert of St. Matthew's Passion that David had been looking forward to for months. It was 3 hours of 100% all in German fun. I have not really been exposed to classical music much in my life, and this was a little too intense for me. 3 hours. All in German. At least I learned something new about myself: I don't like Bach.
However, David was in heaven and loved it. I...got through it. No worries though, because the next day I got to go to my happy place: two words... Harry. Potter. Recap of the play coming soon.