Today, we ate breakfast at the hostel and then set out for the British Library. We chose walking over the tube, and really enjoyed it.
The front of the British Library
In the giftshop (it was forbidden to take pictures in the gallery itself.).
I was able to see music manuscripts by Handel, Hayden, Schubert, and Mozart, along with original drafts of Beatles songs such as "Help", "Yesterday" and "Ticket to Ride." I was disappointed to not see anything by Lewis Carroll on display, but discovered that the museum rotates out the documents in the literature case. I got to see preliminary drafts by Wordsworth, Jane Austen's writing desk, and one of her earliest stories. I also read several letters, including a letter by Winston Churchill, an intercepted letter from Napoleon, a letter from Oliver Cromwell, and a letter from Darwin claiming his belief in natural selection. Finally I got to see some important British artifacts such as illumined Bibles, two copies of the Magna Carta, and Beowulf.
Me by the doors!
Back to the British Museum!
Tomb paintings for a priest
In the Mesopotamian wing
Part of an old gate in Ur
In the Parthenon Gallery, we surveyed the Elgin Marbles.
By the stairway
Back in the Victoria and Albert museum, we went through the hall of sculpture and the British Gallery.
We grabbed lunch at a nearby cafe.
We ate in the nearby Hyde park.
We went to a marvelous Dutch pancake place, where I got the Mediterranean savory pan cake.
Then we walked down to the Tate Modern and theGlobe theatre.
We saw the halls of Justice on the way.
Old street signs!
At the Globe theatre...
Then st the Tate Modern...
It was a lovely night to complete a lovely day!