From East to West and All the RestEuropean Adventure, Day 5
LONDON, England—Since we're half way through our time in London, we decided to sleep in and get a little extra rest. Before we left the apartment, the housekeeping staff came to clean the apartment and helped clear up some confusion we've had regarding the operation of some of the appliances here. What seemed an obvious matter to them had us more befuddled than Sherlock Holmes on his toughest case. But that's a matter for another post.
|Etruscan cinerary urn|
|Someone was a good saver.|
|Celtic neck ring from the Iron Age|
|To floss or not to floss|
|Lindow Man (100 AD) (photo from the British Museum web site)|
|The Rosetta Stone, one of the museum's most popular exhibits|
|Visitors check out the Parthenon Marbles|
|Turquoise mosaic mask (Mexico, 1400)|
|Elaborate fingernail guards|
|Admiring the clever tube displays|
Since Leicester Square was only one Tube stop away from the museum, we decided to go by the TKTS booth that serves up West End theatrical productions at discount prices. With a history dating back more than 400 years, the London theatre district offers productions at the same high level of professionalism as its younger sibling, New York's Broadway. Arriving at the booth a few minutes after 6:00, we were the happy beneficiaries of some last minute seats that had just been released at a discount for the 7:00 p.m. performance of War Horse at the National Theatre.
Based on a best-selling book by the same name, War Horse tells the story of Joey, an English farm horse sold to a British army unit and thrust into the heat of battle in World War I. Meanwhile, on the home front, Albert, a shy teenager who has raised Joey from a colt, yearns for his faithful companion's return.
|War Horse star Joey (photo from The Guardian)|
|Joey learns to plow|
Ms. Magnolia's Manners Tip of the Day:
"If you are visiting a museum and need to sneeze, cover your mouth. Other visitors do not want to see your mucus and spit on the display cases. And you know your mama taught you better."
British Museum Stats:
- Oldest human remains on exhibit: 1,900 years
- Visitors in 2012: 5,575,946 (ranked 3d globally)
- Pieces of gold jewelry: 4,982
- Oldest item (a chipping tool): 1.8 million years
- Reconstructed clay pottery pieces: 7,910
- Brass figurines: 2,723
- Greek urns: 2,517
- Other stuff: (we lost count)
More Photos from Today
|Such specific exhibits!|
|Jeanne in the museum's Great Court|