Friday - Part 2 - West End Girl

Trip Start Oct 12, 2010
Trip End Mar 24, 2011

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Friday, October 15, 2010

So - after a morning heavy with history, it was time for arts and entertainment!  Took a walk up to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square and feasted my eyes on one of the largest collections of Western European paintings in the world for a few hours!  I made it through most of the 18th - early 20th century paintings (De Goya, Renoir, Gaugin, Seurat, Tiepolo) and through some of the 17th century works (Valesquez, Ruebens, Caravaggio, Vermeer, Rembrant) but the highlight was Da Vinci's "The Virgin of the Rocks" - so beautiful.  It's incredible to sit in front of works by such masters.

After the gallery, a different kind of feast - I headed into the West End theatre district for a pre-show dinner at a neat restaurant, Cafe Rouge, on Charing Cross Road.  It was so nice to sit back and watch the lights and crowds of people enjoying a Friday night in the West End and to sip a Sauvignon Blanc and enjoy Sole Limande - wonderful.

The highlight of the evening was catching the musical 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert' at the Palace Theatre - such a feel good experience!  These 'gals' put the 'camp' in 'camper' and charmed the whole audience with fantastic songs and costumes - fun, fun, fun.

A bit of a late night for a country girl like me but tubed it home and am watching some telly and munching digestives before calling it a day.  I really loved the vibe of the West End - total energy and entertainment!
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