London, Day 3
We started the day (after getting our TKTS tickets) intending to go on a Thames cruise but quickly changed our minds when we realized we weren't going to have enough time.
So we headed up to Westminster Abbey. Which was really, really fantastic. They don't let you take pictures inside, so there's not much from this time, but it really was wonderful. The Poets' Corner (Bronte! Austen! Dickens! Blake! Chaucer! Can I be dreaming?), the tombs of Elizabeth and Mary in counterpoint to each other, the Coronation Chair, it was all fantastic.
Shots from the interior courtyard of the Abbey.
Trafalgar Square. We didn't get to go to the British Museum (*sob*).
This was at the cafeteria of the Tate Britain. Home of some of my favorite artwork of all time: the Pre-Raphaelites. It's been at the top of my list of places to see since I was 15. We did get to see some of the most iconic paintings of that movement, and it was wonderful to stand in their presence. In the future, we're going to need a LOT more time at this museum and also the Tate Modern.
So then we headed to the West End to see the play Riflemind at the Trafalgar Studios. It was directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman and written by Andrew Upton. It was a very challenging piece with really dense language about a successful rock band that is trying to make a comeback. Really on a deeper level it was about a dysfunctional family and its dynamics, which when done well is always universal. I appreciated its complexity and the intensity of the actors' performances. London's theatre scene seems vibrantly alive to me.