Yesterday was beyond amazing. If you happened to miss our first day please go and check out Crawfords Take on London Day 1. We had been so exhausted from such a busy day that we slept in a little bit this next morning and I am so glad that we did. Today ended up being a little bit surreal for us. It wasn’t the type of excitement that I enjoy. There was a train bombing!
Yes, you heard right, a train bomb! It was about 8:30 am when it happened. It was 2 blocks from our hotel and would have been the train we would have taken if we were traveling that way. The news was hard to watch. There were children on that train trying to get to school, people trying to get to work and then this, the unexpected. The city was said to be on high alert with the expectation of another bombing within the week. Can I just say, I can’t imagine worrying that a bomb might just explode somewhere at any time? It seeks thought things just went on as normal. It was a bit of a weird feeling for me. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Everywhere we went that day, I thought the what if’s.
After watching the news and getting passed the eeriness we started our day. Today was our museum day. We were going to the British Museum and the National Gallery of Art. The museums in London are free which was a nice perk. The British Museum was really fascinating. The artifacts that we were able to see were unreal and it was huge. I would have to say that I found the Ancient Egyptian section the most intriguing. Looking for names of Pharaohs and correlating time frames to the Bible was really cool for me. To be able to see artifacts and know that some of them were of stories we’ve read were really cool. All the history, all the intricate designs and knowing that everything was created by hand. Just amazing!
We spent hours at the British Museum, and my husband could have stayed from open to close. If I am honest, he is definitely a lot more into history and artifacts than either my daughter or myself. We had to start joking with him that we are like children and that we could only be on our best behavior for so long and that time was running short at about 3 hours. I don’t want to leave out this tidbit of information, there is a pizzeria in the museum. We had our lunch here and it was really really good. So if you are there, check it out.
After leaving the museum we were heading to the National Gallery of Art. We made a couple of pit stops along the way. There was a really cool looking pub that Dan wanted to stop in. So we sat and had a beer together. It really was a great atmosphere. Since we were able to stop and have something fun, Madison decided that she wanted to find a little coffee shop and get a drink of her own. It was great and everyone is so friendly. Her latte was so cute!
National Gallery of Art
We made it over to the National Gallery of Art. Oh, my word! I had never seen an art gallery so large. There was a specific painting that my husband was really hoping to see, but unfortunately, it wasn’t there at the time. There were so many more masterpieces to see though, he was fine! Leonardo da Vinci and Vincent van Gogh to Rembrandt and Botticelli. More than fine, he was like a little kid in a candy store. Madison and I on the other hand, not so much. I don’t know why but I have never appreciated art the way that many do. Don’t get me wrong, there were some beautiful paintings. Some of them grabbed my attention within moments but for the most part, I would have been satisfied seeing 5 rooms and then heading out.
Madison and I started to get a little antsy and so we were quietly joking around and making our own fun. In doing this we somehow lost where Dan had gone. We were looking all over the place. It gets really confusing in there, really fast with the way the rooms are divided. We found him! He looked around a little bit more and then we headed out.
Time to find some dinner
We were tired and hungry! We didn’t know a lot about where we were, Trafalgar Square. However, It was beautiful, slightly rainy and dark but beautiful. We wanted food. Dan got his phone out so that we could find somewhere to go but he couldn’t get a signal. He was upset! His exact words were, ” I know what is going to happen, we are going to walk around forever, not find anything, end up somewhere not so great and then still have to catch a cab. It is going to be after 11pm by the time we get to the hotel and we have to leave for the airport at 5am.” I would love to say that he was wrong, but nope. He was exactly right.
We walked around trying to find somewhere for what seemed like forever. We were all tried and getting crabby. It wasn’t going well. We were not all getting along at this point at all, we walked and walked. Finally, we ended up in this small restaurant that was kind of a restaurant bar. We ate some mediocre food, grabbed a cab. Got to the hotel and packed so we would be ready to head to Croatia bright and early in the morning.