National Gallery, Jubilee Walkway (skate park), Victoria Embankment Gardens
|Jeff took this selfie of us in front of the National Gallery.|
Sometimes I get museum burn-out. I'm sure that sounds like heresy, coming from an artist, but it's true. I think the problem is I look so intensely at each piece that after a while I get visual overload. So when we went to the National Gallery, which I've visited several times in the past, my approach was, "Let's see all the best stuff and skip the rest." Famous last words. I skimmed the medieval art (not my fave) but how can you skip a room with a Leonardo drawing, a room with a handful of Rembrandts, a room full of Turners, Monets, Van Goghs? The bottom line? We saw every single exhibit in the whole museum...just spent a little more time in some sections than others.
You also might be surprised to know that Trafalgar Square is no longer ravaged by pigeons. In fact, there is nary a pigeon in sight. We're guessing this is due to the new signs posted, announcing a 500-pound fine for anyone caught feeding the birds. Haha. Mary Poppins would be so disappointed!
It turns out Mr. Cool gets museum burnout faster than anybody, so to appease him, we went to a skate park in the afternoon. One of the things I love about London is how well they incorporate the new with the old, how peaceably ancient and modern ideas coexist. Directly under some historic Queen Elizabeth venue on the Jubilee Walkway is a graffiti-spattered skateboard park. I sat here with my sketchbook, capturing people.