(that sounded really dirty. You get the idea.)
Our hotel was just a block away from the British Museum and because it was free--that's pretty hard not to schedule into your visit. This same feeling was shared with the 800 school kids there for a field trip and the 3 bus loads of Chinese tourists.
Our leisurly stroll through the museum turned into, "Quick! Before the ______ tour comes through the door!" We tried to say at least 1 room ahead of these groups. It was pretty challenging to do, needless to say. But we got to see...
Getting a photo of this thing was a test of
your street fighting skills. Which I have none.
I tossed Minnesota nice out the window and
just moved my way up front.
Conversation between the Big Guy and myself:
BG: You know that language software? Rosetta Stone?
BG: This is what it was named after! *big smile with body language that said, 'See, I taught you something today about history!'*
Me: *rolling eyes* REALLY? I had NO IDEA!
Honestly. History may not be my forte, but I do know what the Rosetta Stone is.
The Big Guy next to some stone sculpture
(by this point, they all looked alike)
More Greek Stuff...
(it was pretty cool....)
More Greek stuff from the Parthenon....
(I mean, think of how OLD this stuff is! Seriously!)
Sculpture of Alexander the Great
I did see this quote on the wall and found it very fitting for our trip--and life in general:
The same day we were here was the same day we went to the ice-cream place. On the way back from Ice-Cream, and on our way to Harrod's, I made the Big Guy stop for a photo op at Platform 9 3/4 for my love of Harry Potter.
In 2004 when I visited, it was just a sign. No trolly.
My guess is that hundreds of fans were running trollies into the wall, so they'd had enough, and attached a partial trolly to the wall.
No kidding, there was a line of tourists there with us, all taking photos. It's a riot!
We made our way to Harrod's and found ourselves in the toy department (looking for Lego mini-figures from the Olympics for 2 very important boys--our nephews. We had no luck finding them.). While there, we discovered these in a glass case:
Letter from Lilly to Sirus
Harry's acceptance letter to Hogwarts
The envelope for the acceptance letter
Ron's "howler" from his mom
Hermione's purse from the final movie
We had doubts that they were real, as some of the letters had WB 2010 on the bottom. Come to find out that last Christmas, Harrod's had a Harry Potter display that included many movie props and some replica's of the real thing. We learned that the letters are a mix of real and props (sadly, not sure which). The bag is THE bag from the final movies, The Deathly Hallows.
The Big Guy said to me as we were on the tube back to the hotel, "I could come back to London. We'd need to bring friends, though. That way those of us who like history can spend a full day at the museum, while those of you who like shopping can spend all day at Harrod's."
So. Who's with us?