Friday, August 23, 2019

National Gallery

I thought I felt ok to go out today, but given I took about a dozen photos for the whole day, perhaps not. I managed. No need to offer sympathy. It's just by way of explanation that we would have liked to have done a lot more in London but we weren't up to it.

While we have been before R wanted to visit the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. It was the usual 422 to the station and the Jubilee line to Waterloo to change to the Bakerloo line to Charing Cross.

Good to see some of these still around. Many have been converted to Wifi hotspots.


Just a few paintings at the gallery I liked. My heart really wasn't in it.





The gallery is a glorious building. Both it and the Museum of London are free but certainly at M of L where staff actually approach you and ask for a £5 donation and at the National Gallery, where the suggested donation is $5, the pressure to donate is high and many do. I would be prepared to make a £2 donation, but £2 coins seem rare in England.


Marie had warned us in advance that Trafalgar Square was cordoned off for a live broadcast of a cricket match between Australia and England. My god, people by the hundreds were streaming in to presumably soak up the atmosphere as they watched the match on a very large screen.


I wouldn't call him a porky lad and he looked fit enough, but he only made it to 1 minute and 35 seconds. Obviously it is not easy.


At a station somewhere.


I had an idea of going to Greenwich for another wander. Ok, Charing Cross using the Southeastern line to London Bridge and then Thameslink to Greenwich, but using Overground Trains, not The Tube. All very confusing. Back down into the Tube at Charing Cross, but this is not right. This is not the station we needed. I remembered there is a Boots (pharmacy) nearby in the Strand. We bought some medication. Here is the right station at Charing Cross.


We didn't end up going to Greenwich but back to our hotel and slept for a couple of hours. It was an early start the next day when our tour picked us up at the hotel at 7am. 

It was Sunday and I felt like a decent meal and R did too, like a lovely English pub Sunday roast. Could we manage to walk to The Pilot pub, perhaps a kilometre away. I ummed and ahhed. Finally I said yes. We arrived just after six and and were greeted with, sorry Sirs, meals finished at six. We ate back at the hotel and were in bed early.

30 comments:

  1. I love your pictures they are my favourites ones. National Gallery is amazing

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    1. Thnks Gosia. The gallery really is worth visiting every time you visit London.

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  2. Considering you didn't feel well you achieved a LOT.
    Feeling like a decent meal sounded as if you were improving - I am so sad the effort was wasted.

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    1. EC, the food in our hotel was surprisingly good and not too expensive, so it wasn't a total loss.

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  3. I can't believe you went and did so much when ill. When I had food poisoning a few weeks ago, I only could lay in bed and moan and complain to my cats.

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    1. Strayer, I wasn't like that. It was liked my body was starved of oxygen and I just had no energy. Getting showered and dressed in the morning was exhausting.

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  4. I loved the National Gallery and seeing the art of Monet for the first time there is an enduring memory of London. Thanks for sharing a photo of The Waterlily Pond, it's lovely to see it again, I bought a print home with me.

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    1. Cheryl, there is something special about seeing paintings that you have been aware of and perhaps admired for a long time, even if they turn out to be smaller than you thought.

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  5. What kind of pub finishes meals at 6pm? I mean not even regional where I live do things close that early and wasn't it summer over there with the longer days? :/

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    1. Was it the Pilot pub in Chiswick? Their website claims they serve food until 9 at the weekend and 10 on weekdays.

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    2. Snoskred, it works a bit differently there. Pubs are pretty well serve food all afternoon on Sundays, but I still think closing the food off is a bit unusual. It is an old pub surrounded by modern apartment buildings, and I suppose it knows its customer base better than we.

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    3. LHB, no. It is this one, https://www.pilotgreenwich.co.uk/
      but they seem to be run by the same company. I've just checked and Sunday the food does finish at 6.

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  6. It rare to see a phone booth in United States, and I recall a pay phone call was dime.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, I have no idea what a public phone box call would cost now, but I think a good bit more than ten cents. We still have a few around, mostly because they are used to display advertising, not because people make calls from them.

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  7. Most people don't even get out of bed before six on a Sunday. What meals were they serving; afternoon tea?

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    1. Cro, clearly humorous but I don't get it.

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  8. I miss the red public phone boxes too. Not because we need them.. since most people have mobile phones these days. But because it is another part of our history that has disappeared off the face of the earth forever :(

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    1. Hels, for ages after they had all disappeared there were two left opposite South Melbourne Town Hall. I once directed a couple of older tourists to see them as they were interested.

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  9. The only red phone booth I've seen in years was in someone's garden way out in the country, I can't even remember where. We still have public phones, but they are in a plastic (plexiglass?) shell and can be used to send text messages and top up bus pass credit too I think. Or phone credit. I want a blue one to park in my garden and paint it like the TARDIS.

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    1. River, yes, the newer versions are not as good. What a talking point in your estate would a TARDIS. Someone must have bought up a lot of them and probably sells them for a fortune. Buy the blue paint and you are committed.

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  10. Ah, bad luck about the Sunday Roast. We had a lovely one in Cambridge the last time I was there.
    I am a avid fan of Monet. I had a picture blown up to go in back of our Jacuzzi bath tub!

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    1. Maribeth, with the plebs, I love both Monet and Manet paintings. Aren't English roasts so good?

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  11. I still see public phones once in a while, not sure if they work. Last I remember they were a quarter.
    I am in the throes of a summer cold (courtesy of John) so dragging my butt here. Would hate to be away and have a cold. You guys did well.

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    1. Jackie, summer colds are horrible. I think our public phones work. I must check one day, and see how they work.

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  12. Years ago I also visited the National Gallery. Trafalgar Square used to be so nice, today it's just a narrow place and the pigeons are missing ! Everything changed ! Finished meals at 6 ?? when do they eat supper then ? Strange !

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    1. Gattina, that the pigeons have gone is a good thing. I hate them. It's a pity it was enclosed as I would have liked to seen the whole square. Don't question about the oddness of meal times in other countries.

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  13. You must have loved getting around on the trains Andrew, it's your 'thing'. Obviously more enjoyable if you weren't feeling unwell. The National Gallery building itself is a work of art. I would have enjoyed seeing a Picasso more 😉

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    1. Grace, a little art goes a long way for us. Train stories yet to come. I suppose there Picassos in the gallery. We didn't come across any.

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  14. The National Gallery is always a good choice. I am pleased you made the most of your time in London despite feeling under the weather. Sunday lunch is just that and usually finishes early evening.

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    1. Marie, it seems so about Sunday lunch. Still, I did get two Sunday lunches up north.

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