Tuesday, December 05, 2006

More pictures from the first day in the UK

So where was I?
Right. We settled in a place called Cafe Rio for a proper English breakfast. Or at least our interpretation of what that might be. It was fried bread. Which was bread soaked in some kind of cooking fat and crisped up on the grill. Fried eggs over easy (runny yellow yolks) and bacon. Bacon that looked like a cross between bacon and ham and nothing like canadian bacon. Meaty, salty, not crispy with big pieces of rubbery fat streaking on the side. Potatoes. I had green tea. The waiter seemed a bit taken aback at having to break out the stuff.

We did not go for the traditional English baked beans and we did not have the blood sausage or regular sausage for that matter. If I have missed some other crucial element please do leave a comment.

After that we walked to the British Museum. Groovy walk. It was a bit confusing trying to figure out where to cross the street at the circles but I think that's true anywhere you go in the world.

The British Museum was amazing. Built on a breathtaking scale -

british museum interior

Befitting their magnificent collection -

lionesses goddess statues

lioness goddess statue

These Dudes brought back some really big souvenirs -

big fist / little fist

I did have my picture taken with the Rosetta stone, as did the RM but I am going to be coy and keep that special moment to myself. It was a major attraction.

The museum people print up sheets of paper that list all the highlights in the museum. and they will hand them to you if you ask nicely. So if you are in a rush you can rush right to the big sites and leave the rest for another trip. So efficient.

I don't think this is one of them but I like the baboon.

baboon statue

There is something about moving from egyptian or assyrian stuff the greek and greek influenced stuff that just makes you feel the earth move.

nereids

The feeling is completely different. The Elgin marbles from the Parthenon are amazing.

elgin marbles left

centaur torso

knees locked metope

elgin left angle

elgin marbles right

horsehead sculpture

The RM and I tried to hit as many of the highlights as we could. Until we were delirious and dizzy with fatigue. There was much left unseen to be revisted on another day. We stumbled back to the hotel, checked in, and took a nap.

2 Comments:

At 4:21 PM, December 06, 2006, Blogger ldbug said...

Wow, you got some really fantastic pictures!!!!!

 
At 5:29 PM, December 06, 2006, Blogger ergo said...

ldbug: You too, dude, you too!

 

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