Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Museum of London

Oh gosh, we are both so unwell. It was a matter of putting one foot in front of the other. Our joints and muscles seemed to be not working.

But like you are going spend a day in London lying about in a hotel and feeling sorry for yourself. No!

Sister told us about the free Museum of London. Well, like the National Gallery, it is free but you are certainly pressed to donate £5 for your visit.

Our usual 422 bus to North Greenwich and then the Jubilee Line (sorry I keep mentioning the lines but if I don't write them here I will forget) and then a change at London Bridge to the Northern Line to Moorgate, except............

Well, as R said to Marie the day before, I get public transport and directions right 90% of the time.  Today was the 10%. R hopped aboard the Northern Line train at London Bridge and the doors closed in my face. He was on his own with no idea of where he was going. I caught the next train to the next station where I expected he would have gotten off, but no, no sign of him as he didn't realise I wasn't on the train for a couple of stations. I am not sure if he was panicking, but I was. There was not a phone signal underground so once I reached Moorgate, I surfaced and tried to call him. Stay calm Captain Mainwaring. I did not and kept trying to call him and receiving weird messages about costs of such a call. Fu Damn, I was trying to call his Australian phone number, not his English phone number. R eventually answered his phone and he was back at London Bridge. He caught the next train to Moorgate and I was so relieved to see him. All he said, well that wasn't a good start.

Well, I got this right. We caught the 76 bus one long stop the Museum.


Yeah, too right. I agree.


We had coffee and then set off to explore the Museum. The address of the Museum is The Wall. That would be the Roman wall, built when? A very long time ago.







A bit out of order but we were in London not long after Gay Pride.


I have no memory of this old motor car. The museum was quite good. I've heard a lot of London Roman history. I was more interested in the big blaze and the plague.


There was probably a quicker and better way to go, but we caught the bus back to Moorgate, the Northern Line to Bank and changed to the DLR. At the bus stop we had a good view of the Roman wall.



Yep, 90% of the time I get things right but again I got it wrong by chancing it with the next Docklands Light Rail that arrived, bound for Lewisham. We had to backtrack to Westferry and then to Royal Victoria Dock. R wanted to travel back home via the chairlift Emirates Air Line over The Thames. Random photos.











The omnipresent O2.



The omnipresent gasometer.


We hadn't done much but we were exhausted. We ate a quite nice meal in the hotel bar and we were early to bed. Tomorrow is our last day in London.

31 comments:

  1. Considering you were unwell you saw a lot that day. They are going to move the Museum of London to a more convenient place. Its position at the moment means coaches have a real problem depositing visitors.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Marie, I hope still within central London. Having the Roman ruins to see really adds to the visit and it will be a shame to not have them at wherever the new museum will be.

      Delete
  2. Replies
    1. Indeed John, and still suffering some effects from the illness and long haul flight.

      Delete
  3. I would have been panicking too.
    And am super impressed at what you did (and the photographs you took) while feeling poorly.
    Love those shots of pieces of the wall in particular.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks EC. I am.........what is the word, not sure, in the presence of human endeavour from so many centuries ago.

      Delete
  4. interesting place next time I am going to visit Museum of London.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I had no idea there were still pieces of the Roman wall in the midst of London. It's fascinating to see such old work that has survived.

    I would be panicking too if I got separated from my husband while travelling. But then, I don't like to travel, as you may have figured out after my post today, so it would never happen anyway!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Jenny, there is quite a lot spread about actually.

      You don't travel and there is no camping for you girl.

      Delete
  6. You did such a good job to navigate around London considering you were both not feeling very well.I would have panicked too if the same thing happened to us.I had a panic attack yesterday and I was tucked up inside listening to the gale blowing outside.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Cheryl, it is easy to say don't panic, but we do. I tend not to panic but even a little panic had me calling R on the wrong phone number. Sorry to you had an attack. R had one once and it was like, wow.

      Delete
  7. Well I think its amazing you go to places where you don't even live and get around so easily it seems. And you were sick to boot, so don't even count these in your 10% wrong. Count them as something else, like under the weather wrong column.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Strayer, from New York to London to here in Melbourne, trains are pretty easy to us. The signage within the large stations in London is brilliant. I like your bookeeping.

      Delete
  8. Great choice! My favourite permanent exhibition at the Museum of London was Expanding City From The 1670s On. This was the era in which I focused my thesis and would have done all my lectures as well. But it became increasingly obvious that students wanted to study more modern history.

    I was born in the wrong country and in the wrong era :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hels, 1670s on. Was gin involved? I am curious about what particular part of modern English history your students were interested in.

      Delete
    2. 1670s on sounds like something I might like to read about as long as it isn't all politicians and kings.

      Delete
  9. It's surprising how much development potential there still is in central London. I just hope they make good use of it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Cro, I don't mind the dramatic and notable high rise buildings, but I think that is quite enough and the low rise amenity must be kept.

      Delete
  10. I had my own minor traffic snafu today, caught a but to Tea Tree Plaza shopping centre and thought it would go straight there via the O-Bahn, but instead it wound through 45 minutes of suburbs. Lovely scenery, but far too many corners, my stomach wasn't happy.
    I love that Roman Wall, still standing after all this time.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. River, better preparation next time then before your next trip. I think Tea Tree Plaza is the O-Bahn terminus. It should have been a quick O-Bahn trip.

      Delete
  11. That's a bus I caught, not a but (*~*)

    ReplyDelete
  12. Unwell ?? I wonder what you are doing when you are well, lol ! Lost in London, what a story ! I would have panicked too ! The public transport is so good in London that I who gets always lost never did at least not in the metro happened to me on the bus !

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Gattina, pretty hard to get lost on the trains in London, but yes, I can imagine the buses. Our buses were easy and consistent.

      Delete
  13. I'm not surprised you were tired Andrew, you did do quite a bit and carrying on when not 100% is exhausting! I mean the thought of R being whisked off and not being able to get him on the phone wouldn't have been much fun 😱 I'm sorry I'm really trying hard not to smile as I imagine your face as those train doors closed, it's like a scene from a movie 😉

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Grace, my mouth was wide open in shock as the train bolted away. Really, life is not all about me?

      Delete
  14. If I had lost Jack, I'm not sure we ever would have found each other! Great pictures. I've never seen the Wall in London. Hadrian's Wall yes, but not this one.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Maribeth, photos of Hadrian's Wall will come later. We have seen other Roman remnants, in London, in England and in Cologne.

      Delete
  15. I had no idea about this Museum in London.
    I would have panicked if I got lost in a strange city. Luckily with mobile phones it's easier to make contact now.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sami, that is if your phone works, and they don't on The Tube. You have to be out on the street.

      Delete