|Stefanie with the remaining pillar from the Temple of Artemis|
which once stood in Turkey (a place Stefanie saw while there).
Stefanie also wrote her final essay for Turkey on this monument
and how it is located in England instead of Turkey.
|We found an ancient piggy!|
|Stefanie with a Horus falcon|
|The Enlightenment gallery made us think of our|
Intellectual History class!
|If you think we weren't singing Aida songs when we were|
in the Nubia section, then you don't know us at all.
|Nicole found a Viking ducky!|
|The museum itself is beautiful!|
|We found our own trolley...Nicole wanted to try to|
run it into a wall and see if we found the passage
|A blessed moment of peace for the trolley|
amongst SO MANY PEOPLE. (aka it's a miracle Stefanie
got this photo)
|The architecture in the area is so magnificent!|
We had a nice little lunch at the Library cafe before heading out into the city again. (Also, museums with free wifi are the best. #thankyou)
|Nicole's lunch: coronation chicken and Brown Bag crisps!|
Then it was off to Trafalgar Square to find the National Gallery. There wasn't anything in particular that we wanted to see, so we just wandered around for about an hour. Nicole was super happy to see the Caravaggios, as that's one of her favorite painters. We were getting a little tired of the religion early European art and started going in circles, so we asked someone how to get to the Impressionism gallery, which we appreciated a bit more.
We found our way to the National Portrait Gallery, where Nicole just about had a heart attack she was so excited. (It was so incredible to see portraits that are on the covers of and in so many of the books I read in front of me, from Anne Boleyn's portrait that I put on my PowerPoint presentation last week to the only known portrait of Jane Austen.) We went through the entire collection, which ended with the Vivien Leigh photography gallery which was awesome.
|Nicole with the iconic portrait of Anne Boleyn|
|The Tudor gallery is incredible!|
|We found our girl, Mary Queen of Scots! #reign|
|Nicole with the only known portrait of Jane Austen|
|Nicole might have freaked out over Mary Wollstonecraft's|
We came back to the hotel room and collapsed in the air conditioning. Four museums, one palace, seven tubes, and a lot of walking is a bit much for one day. When we finally could force ourselves to walk again, we went to an Italian restaurant called Taormina that's a minute walk from the hotel. It's Nicole's family's favorite restaurant in London and it was magical.
|Nicole's favorite: fried zucchini (or courgettes, as they say|
|Stefanie's spinach tortellini|
|Nicole's mint chocolate ice cream|
|Stefanie's "Tarta Fantastica"|