Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The British Museum & Waterloo Station

In the morning, we went to the Waterloo train station to figure out how things work and the schedule to get to Stonehenge for the following day. The trains are not assigned tracks until very near departure, so everyone stands under the board and then you have to hustle. We decided to do the train ourselves rather than an organized bus tour, because the train only takes 90 minutes and I read that bus tours can take 3 hours each way in traffic.

Then we went to the British Museum. While we were there, an announcement came over the loudspeaker that there was an emergency and everyone must leave the building. That was unsettling. Everyone filed out into a large courtyard. Turned out someone had pulled the fire alarm. There were lots of school groups there that day. Luckily we were let back inside shortly. The first thing we did was retrieve our coats from coat check. It was very cold and we didn't want to be without them if something else happened. We stayed in the museum though, and everything was fine.

Of course, in all of the huge British Museum, Mitch found statues of brewers straining the mash to make beer.

There were lots of people with selfie sticks. I'm shocked that the museum allows them. I can easily imagine someone whacking a priceless antiquity or other people.

I didn't take many photos in the British Museum, but I did get this iconic shot.

And this one, a reconstructed Nereid monument.

I enjoyed seeing the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin marbles, the lion hunt sculpted reliefs from Assyria and the colossal doorway statues of winged bulls with human heads (also from Assyria). The museum has so much, we only saw a fraction of it. It's rather overwhelming. 

I also saw mummies. Human mummies, cat mummies, baboon mummies and bird mummies.

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