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Summer in London, Day 3

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Suddenly I feel like I’m getting tired of these posts… @_@

Anyway, Day 3. First item on the agenda: Hyde Park. (Marked in yellow is the route I walked. More or less.)
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Trees, trees, trees. ♥
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Had to laugh at this sign.
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Seems like people ride in the park. I wanna do that too.
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Random shot of bird feed thing.
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Pretty pavilion/bandstand.
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View of the Serpentine. It was a grey, cloudy day with occasional drizzles.
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Had a bite to eat at the restaurant/cafe place overlooking the Serpentine. *points to picture below*
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Took a photo of the Serpentine from where I sat.
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Swans!
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Heron!
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Part of the path…
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Wandered into the Rose Garden before I left Hyde Park.

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Fountain. Or what’s supposed to be a fountain anyway. The water in there was kind of muddy and dirty.
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Detailed pictures of flowers to come in the floral post.
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Dropped by the V&A Museum. Didn’t take very many photos though. And for some reason a lot of my pictures came out blur and stuff. *sad*
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The V&A adjoins the John Madejski Garden. (Not sure what that building on the other side is – maybe another part of the V&A; I didn’t manage to wander the whole place since I was a little pressed for time.
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Close up of a mosaic.
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I sat by that shallow pool there for a while. Kind of calming. Maybe it’s the island girl in me – water calms me.
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The medieval/renaissance section.
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They had two rooms full of plaster casts of statues and stuff.
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Smiley face! hahahah (Ornamental box thing in the Japanese section.)
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Then it was off to Trafalgar Square again to visit the National Art Gallery. But first! Look at the giant ship-in-a-bottle outside it. lol
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The Square as viewed from the entrance to the Gallery.
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The gallery as viewed fromt the Square. hahah
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I think I know why I don’t like art galleries as much as I “should.” I can’t take pictures inside.

I spent most of my time in the Impressionist gallery and saw a few famous paintings there. Several Monets, and also Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. Interestingly, all I thought was: So this is the famous sunflower picture. Cool. … Ok. Why am I not feeling awed?

It was strange. Of all the classical art periods, I probably like the Impressionist period the best and though I really do admire their way with colours and stuff, just standing there staring at the paintings didn’t do anything for me. I should be. I’m supposed to be the “artist” type. So why wasn’t I all agog and amazed? o_o

Meh. Anyway, have another picture of the Square.
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Lastly, I hurried off to Covent Garden to catch Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
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The people who sat around me in the theatre were the most irritating EVERRRRR. The three people behind me – two women and one guy – whispered (loudly) quite a few times until I got fed up and turned around to look pointedly at them. Then they shut up. BUT there were a bunch of people two rows down from me who talked and talked and talked and would. Not. Stop. I could’ve thrown something at them… And I know I wouldn’t have missed either at that distance since there were four of them and there were a couple of empty seats in the row between us, giving me a wonderfully clear line of sight at the backs of their heads. Grrr. Good thing I had enough self-control and enough manners not to do something like that although I sure fantasised about it throughout the show.

There was also someone in the first row who stupidly kept on taking – or trying to take – pictures in the first act and the usher had to come and warn the person about 3 times. I could see that the usher was irritated, and rightly so. I was irritated too. Spoiling the experience for everyone… sigh.

But at least Oliver was awesome! Possibly the most energetic theatrical show I’ve seen – because of the number of kids in the cast, maybe? hahah

And that wraps up my summer trip to London! (Well, not quite – still got that post of flowersssss coming. haha)

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