London, London, London

Trip Start Feb 10, 2007
Trip End Feb 18, 2007

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Monday, February 12, 2007

Our first stop once DH was done with his conference for the day was the British Museum. We hadn't been to that one yet, so we were excited to go. It was raining, so a good day for a museum visit. The British Museum seemed to have a little bit of everything from everywhere. One interesting item was a necklace made out of hummingbird heads. It caught my eye because of the gorgeous colors. I was positively repulsed once I realized what it was though. Ewwwww! Another fun thing to see was the Easter Island forever known as Gum Gum thanks to the Night at the Museum movie.

From there we decided to go shopping. We were on a quest to find the Build-A-Bear store in Covent Gardens, which was a challenge. We had fun walking around was an area we had not explored before. It rained off and on. We found a sort of flea market where there were antiques and crafts for sale and enjoyed walking around looking at the goodies. I do regret not getting that silver pickle "grabber" I saw just for sheer practicality. Must have been Edwardian because who else would have thought of such a utensil?

DH saw the Royal Opera House while we were walking around and went in and bought us tickets for Il Trovatore. We had never been to the opera. After a little more shopping we stopped in a pub, The Nag's Head, for a bite. I had shepherd's pie; never had that before, and it was delish! Then it was back for some quick shopping before we headed into the opera. The opera house was magnificent. Everything was in red. Our seats, while fine for seeing the stage, were horribly uncomfortable. We got the best seats that we could, but that was all that was available...really hard bench seats. The cool thing, though, was that we had these little LCD screens in front of us for subtitles.
So that made it very easy to follow the story in the opera, which is good since my Italian consists of those words found on a menu. The music and the singing were just amazing; like nothing I have ever heard. The story was quite something as well, like a SOAP opera really. We had a wonderful time!
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