I didn’t have high hopes for today. Our London Pass had expired, so we either had to do free activities or pay way too much for things. Kristy, being the sensible woman that she is, wanted the former.
Her first choice was the Victoria and Albert Museum. This was the best thing we did in London, hands down. It’s a beautiful building filled with priceless antiques, many of which were created by well-known Masters. For example, here I am with Michaelangelo’s David.
The museum was surprisingly peaceful, with no large crowds around the major works, which enabled us to get close to the art. Here I am with a lion created by Donatello:
These names were familiar to us, as our son has recently gotten into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. After seeing artwork by two of the Turtles, we set out on a scavenger hunt to find work by the others. We found Raphael very quickly, with a piece called The Healing of the Lame Man.
Leonardo proved more challenging. His most famous work is at the Louvre, of course, but we were really hoping the V&A had something. We moved through multiple galleries on multiple floors. Finally, we saw a collection of his notebooks.
Beware! This place is like IKEA with dinosaurs, only more crowded and underlit. In fact, I’d rather tour the world’s largest IKEA while blindfolded and drunk than return here. Kristy, too, felt anxious there. We left as soon as we could find the exit.
On a whim, we decided to hop on a bus to see if we could find the street crossing made famous by the Beatles on the cover of their Abbey Road album.
The bus trip took forty minutes, followed by a walk through a park and down several blocks of busy street. Finally, we found the exact zebra crossing, and Kristy snapped a picture. It was over in thirty seconds, and then we had to make our way back through London’s rush hour.