London Day 4

We started our fourth day in London by heading over to the British Museum.  From what we had read and heard from others that visited in the past, this museum is massive and almost impossible to take in in one day.  So we understood from the get-go that we would only be picking out a few sections to explore.

Probably the most famous artifact in the museum is the Rosetta Stone.  I didn’t realize that the stone was discovered in the late 1800’s.  That means all the nonsense hieroglyphics we see weren’t understood until very recently.  I didn’t get a great picture of the stone, which is pretty big, because there was litterally a shit storm of people hovering around it.  Spoiler alert, all the symbols are in Greek and hieroglyphics, you wont be able to read it.  But it was cool to see.

There were several levels and rooms filled with Egyptian artifacts.  Mummys, tombs, statues, hair brushes, arrowheads, you name it.  Everything was in there.  It was awesome to see how well preserved some of the stuff was.

The other incredibly famous exhibit is the Parthenon.  What’s that?  I thought the Parthenon was in Greece.  Well, it use to be until the British came through and liberated it from the incapable hands of the Greeks.  I say that tongue-in cheek, but seriously, the British have half of the parthenon statues.  We had these sweet audio guides to tell us about each of the scenes, and how you can tell what age the sculptor was.  I would write about it but it would take me too long to explain everything, and honestly I don’t think you would understand it.  Mostly because it’s been a few weeks, so my mind has jumbled up the facts in ways unimaginable.  It would be like playing Telephone but with Greek History.

That evening we went out to the Queen’s Theater and saw an awesome production of Les Miserables.  This is Laura’s favorite musical, and one of mine as well.  The songs were sung fantastically!  We had seats five rows from the front of the stage, so we could see every emotion being conveyed by the performers.  The theater itself was small and intimate.  It felt like we were at a private show just for us.  When we go back to London, we will definitely go see another show.

Here are a few pictures from the British Museum.  I couldn’t take pictures in the play.  Hope you enjoy!

The front of the British Museum looks a lot like some of the crap they stole from Greece.

Inside the main area of the museum is very iconic. The ceiling's lattice -like features are very cool.

I wouldn't consider this guy a mummy. But he had been preserved in the hot arid sands of egypt for thousands of years. You can tell from his body position that he was sleepy when he died.

I think this is Alexander the Great. But if it isn't, do you really care? Why do so many of these statues and busts not have pupils in the eyes? It makes them look a little creepy.

This is just one of several sections of the Parthenon. In the late 1600's, the Greeks were using the Parthenon as a munitions storage facility. Well, needless to say, they didn't have proper safety regulations, and that puppy blew up. Government knows best, right? So the British, wanting to help and everything, decided to take as much of the Parthenon as possible so the careless Greeks didn't destroy the rest of it.

There is a great story to go with all of the statues that the British saved (read stole) from the Parthenon. But these figures most reminded me of the epic tale of Terminator 2. You know when T1000 gets frozen in the liquid nitrogen. Then he tries to walk and his feet and hands start to shatter. Then the terminator pulls out his shotgun and says the line, "Asta la vista, Baby!", and blows T1000 into a million pieces of frozen metal. Then the metal melts and reforms BACK into T1000. Then T1000 hunts down the Terminator and the Terminator ends up throwing him into a pot of liquid hot metal, thus destroying T1000. Then the terminator, almost destroyed himself, says goodbye to John Conor and lowers himself into the same pot of liquid metal. But right before he is completely submerged, he gives a thumbs-up which was really cool of him seeing as he was a robot and robots really don't understand cultural mannerisms..... That's what this reminded me of.


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2 Responses to London Day 4

  1. John says:

    I think the Rosetta Stone is the coolest thing there. Mom and I will have to go to the theater next time we are in London.

  2. Rich says:

    I totally though T2 when I saw the last pic too. Especially the part right before the T1000 goes into the molten metal when the Terminator shoots a grenade into the T1000 and it explodes making him kinda tear in half above the waste and wobble around, giving the Terminator the break he needs to get T1000 into the molten metal.

    It was awesome

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