Thursday, October 6, 2011
London - Day Eight
After grabbing a sandwich, some yogurt and a drink from Sainsbury's for a picnic lunch near a churchyard, I wondered what it must be like to call Oxford home. And how do I go back to my little patch in Burlington with non-descript office buildings and box stores? Sometimes there is no place like home but on such a gorgeous day in the middle of breathtaking surroundings I wished more than ever that I could just stay right where I was. Of course R and Deacon would have to pack up and join me!
Making the train before the commuters took it by storm I desperately tried not to end up in a heap in the warm carriage. The countryside was relaxing and my non-stop travels were starting to take their toll and I still had another stop to make!
Wallace Collection. Opulent furnishings and famous artwork astound at every turn. Part museum, part art gallery this is the place to visit to see some of the most exquisite examples of craftsmanship in several art forms. My favourite of the day was Frangonard's The Swing. While not one of the features on most people's agenda when they mention a trip to London I would implore them to add a visit here. It is stunning and I will be returning again and again.
My notes ended there so I must have had an early night of drinking tea, enjoying a scone and writing about my day. My plan to finish Persuasion as part of Rachel's read-along was a failure as the appeal of London and all it has to offer proved too great and I'm too nosy. With just one more day to bask in the glory of my London wishlist I was happy to hear of another sunny day for strolling Chelsea towards 24 Cheyne Row and the Carlyle's House.