London : Trafalgar Square + the National Galleries

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On our second day in London, when we were still with our friends, we met them at St. Martin in the Fields that morning.

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Some friends from home had told us about this place.  It has free concerts at lunch time, and a little quiet and reasonable priced cafe in the crypt.  We couldn’t make it to the concert the week we were there.

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From there we stopped at the National Gallery for a little while, right on Trafalgar Square.

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We decided to go straight to the Impressionist Gallery and we were surprised to see Siena and Lucas’s favorite painting by Monet.  The Japanese Bridge.  And also, one of the paintings of St. Lazarre Train Station, by Monet as well.  What a treat it was.

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There were also some by Van Gogh (famous and beautiful sunflowers painting), by Seurat, Renoir, and others we were excited to see in person after looking at them on books and videos.

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Trafalgar Square.

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DSC_0173-smallNelson’s Column.

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And these four bronze lions guarding the column.  To get to these they had to climb a bit. I wonder if when they made this commemoration they didn’t intend for people to climb the lions.  It’s not easy to get to them, but everyone is up there, and nobody seemed to be making trouble or vandalizing them.  They are beautiful bronze sculptures, I hope it remains that way.

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Our last day in London, we decided what was what we wanted to make sure we saw and visited.  One of the things Lucas and Siena wanted to do, was to go back to the National Gallery and sit in front of the Japanese Bridge painting, and see it again.

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So we did.  We went one more time to the museum.

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We were there early, before they opened.  So we waited outside for a bit.  It is such a busy place, that it was fun to just sit there and people watch, look at the crowds, hear all the languages being spoken, and hear music and other artists around.

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Our days were filled with new sights, new smells, new sounds, new knowledge, new memories.  All the wonderful things of traveling.

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4 Responses to London : Trafalgar Square + the National Galleries

  1. Tracey says:

    Thanks for sharing Marcella, I love seeing it all.

  2. Anja says:

    Trafalgar Square is one of my favorite places in London, each time I visit I have to go there…
    Thanks for sharing all the pictures

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