Life forms no logical patters. It is haphazard and full of beauties which I try to catch as they fly by. Margot Fonteyn
Now on to the weekend recap! Saturday morning Jessica, Laura Douglass, Taylor, and I ventured to the National Portrait Gallery. It was so incredible and very crowded. I loved walking around and seeing all of the amazing portraits. It really impresses me how talented other people are and what gifts they are blessed with. I even got to see the Duchess of Cambridge's new portrait! We had lunch at Eat on the Strand and got to relax for a bit.
After lunch, Jessica and I went back to Chinatown and explored the area in more depth. There were so many things to see. I loved going in to the grocery stores and seeing all the unique things they had. Lucky for me, Jess could explain what a lot of the more unusual items are. I finally got to see and smell (yuck!) durian. We then visited the Tate. We could have spent hours in there. There were so many incredible works of art and it was so nice to walk around and view them all. The neighborhood surrounding Tate is also so quaint and quite. It was a nice break from the bustling city of London. We did not get to see all of the Tate but we are planning on going back. It was my night to pick up dinner for Jessica, Laura Douglass, Taylor, and myself. We had some delicious pasta and garlic bread.
After dinner Jessica, Laura Douglass, Paul, Taylor, and I headed to the London Eye. We booked our tickets for 9:00pm in hopes to catch the sun going down while we were on the Eye. This was my first time on the London Eye and I was a little nervous. I am not necessarily scared of heights, things like Ferris wheels kind of just freak me out! The views were incredible. You can see some of the pictures below. Taylor and I finished the evening with some FroYo from Snog! Yummy! Snog has a hot pink double decker bus where you can relax and enjoy your frozen yogurt. It is a great little place along the Thames.
Now on to Sunday! We started off the morning with a Choral Eucharist service at Saint Paul's this morning. It was incredible. I always find these musical services so impressive. I also really enjoy visiting churches different than my own. I even got to take communion at this church! One thing that was really different about the service is that when we said the Lord's Prayer the President, as he is called, said for you to say it in your own language! I had never heard this before but I thought this was really great for such a multicultural area
After service, Jessica and I had lunch then made our way toward the Millennium Bridge. The Millennium Bridge is a pedestrian bridge that goes over the Thames. The bridge originally opened in 2000 but modifications had to be made and officially reopened in 2002. This bridge was also featured in Harry Potter! If you are wondering the scene: it is when the bridge collapses during a Death Eater attack.
We headed towards the Globe Theatre and were told that a section of it was closed due to a show. It was odd though because other people kept going in. We went to the gift shop in search of a sticker I purchased last time I was there but alas they did not have it. We then ventured to the Tate Modern. I am not always the biggest fan of modern art but the Tate Modern did have some interesting pieces. I really enjoyed the photography!
We then waked home along the Thames and later ventured to Oxford Street in search of Jessica a floral crown, don't worry we found one! If you are not familiar with Oxford Street is a very large street in London particularly known for shopping! It is a very busy area of town. I ended the evening with a delicious Cornish Pasty, a WKD, and Skyping with my family!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!