Museums and More Museums

funky sculpture outside of Fitz

Funky sculpture outside of Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

What is more difficult than trying to squeeze in museum sight seeing with a 2 1/2 yr old who still desperately requires a mid-day nap?  It turns into, SPEED-SIGHTSEEING…but at least all the museums here are FREE!  This is huge- because you can stop in and have a look around and not feel like you have to get your money’s worth.  This type-A-mother really tried to relax and go-with-the-flow and I have to say, we really had a great week, albeit a cold one.  Anyhow, we interrupted our blog with reports of “someone” getting older, so now we go back to the missing British details!

What follows are  pictures of the different places we were able to see in Cambridge and London.  I am thinking you really have to be a loyal blog follower to make it through all of these!  For those of you  up for the challenge…here you are….

more funky sculputures

More funky sculptures in the Fitz’s sculpture garden- can’t you just see one of these outside of 9 Carriage Way??

no photography allowed past this point, Eliot enjoying the staircase most of all...

no photography allowed past this point, Eliot enjoying the staircase most of all…

looking UP in the fitz

looking UP in the Fitz

But, as impressive as the Fitzwilliam was, it only gets better once we made it to London.

First, even the train station was impressive.  We took 45 min Express trains from Cambridge to London…

Eliot taking in the scene as we enter the train station

Eliot taking in the scene as we enter the train station

Inside of Kings Cross Station, kind of impressive in and of itself...this place KNOWs public transport!

Inside of Kings Cross Station, kind of impressive in and of itself…this place does public transport right!

This impressive structure is just some crazy hotel next to the station.  Imagine me and my camera, taking a shot of everything. TOURIST!!!!

This impressive structure is just some crazy hotel next to the station. Imagine me and my camera, taking a shot of everything. TOURIST!!!!

So, we find our way to The British Museum.

So, we find our way to The British Museum.

close up of Mum and kiddo...the place is packed.

close up of Mum and kiddo…the place is packed.

Although it is the “British” museum, I saw no signs of beans on toast…and it offered so much more than just British History.  I highly recommend making this a stop if you ever plan on a trip across the pond…

you can see the excitement in his face, no?

You can see the excitement in his face, no?

The Architecture inside is worth a the trip alone...

The Architecture inside is worth a the trip alone…

one more architecture shot...

one more architecture shot…

Here, Ramesses 1270 BC

Here, Ramesses 1270 BC

Aphrodite 1st or 2nd century AD.

Aphrodite 1st or 2nd century AD.

It is actually the Roman copy of the original (2nd century BC), the Romans called her Venus…So, my question is,  where is Serena?

Serious Mummies here people.

Serious Mummies here people.

struggling through a massive museum. Mummy's are only exciting for a limited time.

Struggling through a massive museum. Egyptian mummies are only exciting for a limited time.

This preserved guy curled up for his last nap about 3000 BC.

This preserved guy curled up for his last nap about 3000 BC.

The Greek Drinking Party

The Greek Drinking Party Vessel.

So, as it turns out, “Symposium” literally means ‘drinking together.’  This gives whole new meaning to Reed’s weekends away for work meetings.  Here, the vessel that held the wine for the Symposia.

I could go on, but let’s just say we made it to one more gallery  before we headed to Trafalgar Square, which is really impressive and hard to capture in one pic…

Trafalgar Square. as seen in a previous post.

Trafalgar Square. as seen in a previous post.

Trafalgar Square is bordered by the National Gallery on one end...which is gigantic.

Trafalgar Square is bordered by the National Gallery on one end…which is gigantic.

Some dude trying to make a buck outside the Gallery

Some dude trying to make a buck outside the Gallery

Trafalgar sqare: Massive sculptures and crazy large lions...

Trafalgar Square: Massive sculptures and crazy large lions…

Lions which are free to be climbed, apparently.

Lions which are free to be climbed, apparently.

And a really cool view of the Houses of Parliment from the other direction.

And a really cool view of the Houses of Parliament from the other direction.

And that wraps up Day 1 in London.  Day 2 was summarized in the video as seen previously, so let me end with FOOD!  We packed in one last English breakfast as we lazily headed out of Cambridge.  Actually, Reed ordered the breakfast and I ordered ‘Sprats” because it sounded like something you can’t get in the US.

Full English breakfast, top; kid-friendly quesidilla bottom R; and SPRATS on the left.

Full English breakfast, top; kid-friendly quesadilla bottom R; and SPRATS on the left.

Yeah, I know, beer.  It was nearly noon, honest.

I had NO IDEA they would be little battered fish!?!?

I had NO IDEA they would be little battered fish!?!?

Once over the initial shock, they were quite tasty. Please don’t think less of me for devouring them.

We then headed to our hotel near the airport.  You have GOT to check this out- they have a “Wine Tower.”  The idea being, if you order a bottle above head-height, the “Angels” fly up and get it for you.  They also do intermittent shows throughout the evening, it isn’t Cirque De  Soleil or anything, but it had every man’s attention in the room, that is certain.

So, if you are dying for a view of the Angels, Reed was sure to take a video, email me for a copy :)

So, if you are dying for a view of the Angels, Reed was sure to take a video, email me for a copy 🙂

Can’t you just see this thing outside of the Red Bird Wine Bar? Step it up a notch, Florence Hotel.

Ok, people, thanks for making it this far.  This may have to do it for London, onto more Bavarian adventures!

yours in Sprats,

Kim

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