Jetlag had well and truly worn off and we managed to sleep late again.
After breakfast we took the Tube to Russell Sq so that we could revisit the
British Museum and see some more of the exhibits. It was still full of
people and school excursion groups. This time we only looked at things on
the ground floor but it turned out that this was where many of the major
exhibitions were located anyway.
The first thing that we looked at was the Assyrian collections which are
carvings from temples. There are several rooms full of the wall carvings
which are intricate and well preserved. We then went in to see the Elgin
Marbles which are in a huge room. I was surprised to see that most of them
are missing features as they had either been vandalised or blown up in the
1600s. After leaving that collection we looked at the Egyptian material. I
like the sculpture of the Egyptian cat the best. I was then talking to
Anthony about the Rosetta Stone and asked him where it was held. He said he
thought it was in the museum but it wasn't mentioned in our guide book
which is strange because it is such a famous object. Anyway Anthony asked
some old women who were manning a "Friends of the British Museum" booth and
they pointed to a group of people behind us! I had a look at it but it was
hard to get a good look as there were many people gathered around it. We
then went to the museum shop where I bought a pencil, pen and a scarab for
me and one for Elizabeth. Anthony bought a Rosetta Stone paperweight.
We left the museum in search of some food and went into a sandwich shop
nearby. We ordered some sandwiches and coffee and muffins and took them
back to Russell Sq to eat. We then walked to the National Gallery to see
some more paintings as we had had to leave last time. Of course Liam became
fussy straight away so I took him to the baby room and fed and changed him.
We then looked at some of the paintings. I got into trouble from a guard
for not keeping the stroller next to me and most of the guards gave Liam
disapproving looks which annoyed me somewhat. In the end Anthony and I took
turns looking at the paintings.
After we left the Gallery we decided to catch a bus home instead of the
Tube. After much searching we eventually found the busstop and caught the
bus. The conductor put the stroller in a storage area for us which was
good. I liked the bus as you get more of a sense of the geography of the
city when you travel above ground. We got off the bus at the Albert Hall
and walked up to the outside of Kensington Palace before going home via
Sainsburys. Liam had been sneezing all day and was a bit upset that night.