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Day 3 in London

Changing of the Horse Guard, National Gallery, walk around Westminster, Tate Modern, and fish and chips

sunny 20 °C

The day started out with a rush to get to the horse gqrdens by 10:00 am to see the chqnging of the Horse Guards. It was a little less than we had hoped for. Not exactly an exciting experience, but the horses were cool.

Then we walked down to the Westminster area to check out the House of Parliament and Big Ben. It was Sunday so no tours were available. The gothic architechture contrasts with all the other buildings in the area.
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Next, we decided to see some artwork at the National Gallery. We rode the tube for just a few short stops. The Gallery is free (score!) but of couse Megan found a way to spend money at a free venue. First it was the Renoir exhibit that was 12 pounds and then there was the audio tour. We compromised by passing on Renoir and getting the audio tour. The audio tour was worth it so Megan eagerly pointed out that I should listen to her more often. I'm not convinced!
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We saw a bunch of works by famous dead dudes. Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Renoir, Rembrandt and Michaelangelo. I'm not a big fan of art, but this museum wasn' too bad.
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Between the nqtional Gallery and Tate Modern, we ate at a tiny Cafe along the way. The food was good but the service was a like being yelled at by your Mom while you're messing up her kitchen. As soon as you put down your fork from your last bite, the waitress took your plate. Our water glasses were gone from right under our noses in a blur. Before Megqn was qble to get her coat on after standing up, her chair was pushed in and new silverware was on the table.

Tate Modern was full of works that made us go, huh? How is this stuff art and why is it in a museum? For instance; cans of shit, a toilet, a urinal, flourescent lights, a light switch, fire bricks just like the pile in the corner of my garage, and an entire canvas painted charcoal gray. We left thinking, "I'm glad that was free." The only redeeming thing was that we did see some paintings by Warhol.

Back to our tiny room and then off to dinner. We decided to try out a different area so we took the tube to the Chelsea area. After walking quite a bit, we found a pub that served fish and chips. That's what Megan had, I had a burger. Not exactly fine dining but it worked because we were really hungary.

Today we took the Eurostar train to Paris. More on that tomorrow. Pictures too.

The keyboards in France have some of the letters in different spots so it is hard to type fast and the hour we paid for is almost up.

Posted by mzimmer75 14:08 Archived in England Tagged family_travel

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