London and its Surroundings
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August 20th, 2007 – by: hdichter
One of my friends lives in Pinner, which is *all* the way out in Zone five – past Wembley even! However, Pinner is a cute old town in the center, with lots of old buildings.
In London proper, though, I managed to spend some time at a lot of the free museums. One of the really nice aspects of the great capitals is that they have free museums – which is almost never the case in the smaller capitals of Europe. My friend and I visited the Tate Modern, though we did not see too much of it. There is a temporary exhibit on Global Cities – that is actually pretty interesting, comparing ten major cities in the world and their populations, population growth, city growth, and other related issues. However, we did not think it was really “artsy” or belonged in an art museum, even the Tate Modern. Still, it was worth seeing, especially as the exhibit makes a lot of the statistics more visual and realistic, as compared to being numbers read on a piece of paper.
We also went to the National Gallery so that my friend could show me the almost life-size picture of the scary horse. It is rather odd, particularly as the background is a golden yellow and there is no ground on which the horse stands. I also spent some time at the National Portrait Gallery, which has some interactive computers to learn more about people and see additional portraits.
The museum I probably spent the most time visiting was the British Museum, with all of the mummies, other items from antiquity, and all over the world. I am truly amazed at how many people allow their children to touch items, when they are marked “DO NOT TOUCH” or even without a sign such as that. These are artefacts – why do they think it is acceptable to touch a 2000 year old piece of stone?! Truly unbelievable. Stand next to a beautiful piece of art or historical artefact and take a photograph, but don’t touch it!
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