Saturday: spent most of the day in the National Gallery which has an impressive collection of artwork including some of Rembrandt's better works including Belshazzar's Feast (for the geekier of my readers - this painting is the Rembrandt featured in David Kahn's The Codebreakers), afterwards I spent about an hour just hanging around Trafalgar Square, which has now become my favourite place in London. I don't really know why but it is pretty pleasant even though it is full of tourists. I haven't properly been to Trafalgar Square since I was a kid and being their reminded me of the time when I was a kid when I climbed on-top of one of the lions there, I guess pretty much every kid whose been to Trafalgar Square has done the same :-)
Afterwards I decided to walk down towards parliment/buckingham palace and saw all of the major political buildings in the area, I was pretty tired by this stage so I spent the rest of the afternoon reading K&R in St James' Park - which I have to say is a pretty nice park with some good wildlife. The wildlife seemed to be quite willing to get close to humans so I might go back there sometime with my camera and try taking some photos.
Sunday: Visited Tate Britain, which I much prefered over the Tate Modern, although I think the Tate Modern ha s a more impressive building. The Tate Britain is currently running an exhbition of the works of (JMW) Turner, which is ok but nothing impressive. I don't really get why everyones so impressed by Turner's works, I can appreciate his technical skills in achieve a good sense of perspective but his works just don't do anything for me. They also had a number of Tracey Emin works, some of her non-sensationalist work is actually quite good.
On the way out I realized that I had lost my AtoZ somewhere so then spent the next hour wondering around Pimlico to find my way back to the tube station, but I wasn't in any rush and it was a nice day, so I ddidn't really mind exploring another part of london (btw does anyone know what that wierd buidling near the end of vauxhall bridge is ?). Did some other stuff today to but nothign blogworthy. I was quite amused on the tube to see a busker playing a harp, quite an unusual busking insturment, but it was in South Kensington station so perhaps that's what buskers normally play in that area :-)
Also spent some of weekend working on my website - but see my next post for info on that.