I think my favourite part of the museum was the sculptures. I think they're really lovely to look at, and I'm always impressed by the skill it took to make them.
Can you imagine carving all those folds of fabric out of marble? And then you're just about finished...and you accidently knock off a finger or nose? :)
This next one is a 2nd century Roman carving of Thalia, muse of comedy. And no, my memory isn't good enough to remember that from a month ago....I tried to make a habit of photographing the info plaques along with the actual artwork...it's very helpful! :)
This Molossian Hound is thought to be one of six Roman copies of an earlier Greek bronze. I did see him (one of the other copies) again, I'll have to go digging through the rest of my photos to find out where it was though!
There's also a gallery devoted to the Elgin marbles, which were brought back to England from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin, somewhat controversially of course.
I was amused reading the information plaques. Many of the sculptures were missing parts (usually heads), and quite often these were listed as being in another museum (usually in Athens). Really, couldn't they be reunited? Or is that asking too much? :)
Emerging at Piccadilly Circus.
I walked south down Regent street... (Eventually, I had a tendancy to lose my sense of direction coming out of tube stations, and may have made a few circles.) and past quite a few monuments/statues/etc... (They definitely like their monuments.)
...Across the Mall with the traditional Black Cabs...
Even three and half weeks before the wedding, I ran across an NBC news truck and reporter near the Palace. The press boxes were well under construction near the Victoria Memorial.
Here's Buckingham Palace...
And the front gates....
Some ceremonially dressed horsemen, out for a ride. Love the helmets, don't you? :)
The Wellington Arch...
This is the Serpentine in Hyde Park. I really enjoyed Hyde Park. It was one of the quieter parks that I went in, probably due to the larger size, and it had some lovely gardens on top of having the lake.
Part of the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain...its a very simple memorial....
....compared to the Albert Memorial in neighbouring Kensington Gardens...Nothing simple about this one! It's incredibly tall, and surrounded at each corner by a large sculpture representing the different continents, and around the base are carved images of famous people of the time. A gold statue of Albert sits underneath the canopy. Commissioned by Queen Victoria, it's quite a thing to see!
After visiting the Albert memorial, it only seems fitting that the next thing I went to was the Victoria & Albert museum...yes, another museum!
And yes, more sculptures! :)
After the V&A, I hopped on the tube again, had lunch in front of Kensington Palace...
...and walked through another part of Kensington Gardens. Seriously, I really do love all the green space in London. You can be walking through some busy shopping area, turn the corner and there's a grassy square. Or a park. Or a little church yard. It's great!
I detoured past the Marble Arch, in a really wierd spot on a traffic island, and past Speaker's Corner, not that anyone was speaking!
The Animals in War memorial doesn't need much explanation I think....it was very sad.
It was getting very fairly late by this point in the day and I had decided to head back. Of course, I decided to detour through Mayfair on the way back to the tube....Lets just say that me in my dusty running shoes and rain jacket felt very underdressed next to the men in tuxedos on their way to some evening function!
The buildings were lovely though! :)