And it was a quick trip. Just 5 days total - 2 days of travel - so, really 3 days. And 2 of those days I was on my own. And I managed the underground totally solo (gave myself lots of air high-fives), which I thought was a pretty big deal. Granted, the tube is easy. London has signs that actually mean something and are helpful, as opposed to the signage I'm used to here, which are in some confused Yankee gibberish.
Allow me to share some of my highlights......oh, and all images taken by my own hand and phone.
Day 1: Tate Modern, St. Paul's Cathedral, Occupy London
|Tacita Dean | 35mm projected on 45' wall|
|Ai Weiwei | Sunflower Seeds|
This was, perhaps, one of the most moving pieces I saw at the Tate Modern and it just doesn't translate in a photo. Just imagine a pile of seeds, maybe 20' in circumference. And then realize that each, individual seed is handmade of porcelain and hand painted. And then google Ai Weiwei.
|View of St. Paul's Cathedral from Millenium Bridge|
|Organized, orderly, and clean Occupy London surrounding St. Paul's|
Day 2 | Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, Mallais, and a walk
|London cab. Round and roomy. And polite.|
|Francis Bacon | Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion|
|Sir John Everett Mallais | Ophelia|
|Enormous handblown chandelier|
|Big Ben through the gate|
|Big Ben not through a gate|
|London Eye, Big Ben, Londoners|
|Pretty Red on Black|
|The View from The National Gallery|
|The Victoria Tower Gardens|
|See if you can find: dingly dell, haunch, rump|
|Yeah, apparently I don't smile so much when I travel.|