The Big Smoke was indeed a wonderful & welcome interlude from my usual busy working week but it did reinforce my longing for a quiet life. A longing for a slower pace of life with little or no traffic noise, no hustle and bustle of people rushing here, there and everywhere. That life for me is getting closer with each passing day.
But I digress. My visit to London was packed full of museum visits, exhibitions and an expedition to find something unusual and not very well known within the city.
My first task was to find The Cross Bone Cemetery in the Borough district of London. I’d read about it on a tourist website, http://www.secret-london.co.uk, and was fascinated to know more. It’s not that difficult to find and is well worth a look if you are in the area. It quite a sad place, but beautiful at the same time. To read about it’s fascinating history, then you can learn more by following the link below.
Situated in Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery was somewhere I decided to revisit . I’ve actually been there before, about 7 years ago, but had my son & daughter with me and it was quite a quick visit due to the fact that the kids had no interest at all. So, this time I would have time to have a good look round at some of our country’s treasured art. Vast hallways of beautiful architecture took my breathe away, and that was before I set eyes on any of the art. Stunning examples of art from artists such as Botticelli, Leonardo, Caravaggio, Rubens and Constable can be seen, and the beauty of some canvas’ is simply staggering. For a virtual tour and also more information on the gallery, follow the link below.
On exiting the gallery, you come straight back out onto Trafalgar Square. The Square never ceases to amaze me just by its sheer scale. The gallery, churches etc within the area if packed full of character. Nelsons Column, which takes pride of place in the centre, is surrounded by four, majestic, bronze lions. The Square also has four plinths, three of which have had important figures adorning them, the fourth plinth however, was left vacant for decades, as money ran out and it wasn’t until 1999 that a project was begun to have the Fourth Plinth house a series of modern art pieces. The current Fourth Plinth piece is called The Gift Horse.
As you approach Parliament Square, some of the government buildings have incredible murals within their fascias, illustrating the different government departments, for example, Agriculture, Law, Manufacture, over the years. It’s worth looking up once in a while to see these old buildings and see the murals and architecture, it’s amazing.