A Day of Culture

I thought I walked a lot on Monday, but I think if I had a fit-bit it would have said I walked more on Tuesday…and I loved it! On the agenda..St. Paul’s Cathedral, a walk across the millennium bridge to the Tate Modern and then wherever my feet would take me until 7:30, when I was seeing The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time at the Gielgud Theatre.
It was a gorgeous sunny day and I wasn’t planning on taking any public transportation…mission accomplished! St. Paul’s Cathedral is gorgeous…you know it from the movie Mary Poppins song “feed the birds”…. where the woman is on the steps of St. Paul’s feeding pigeons.
From there it was a beautiful walk across the Thames on the millennium foot bridge to my 1:30 appointment at the Tate to see an exhibition of Sir Elton John’s photography collection. It was spectacular! I love photography and he has some iconic pieces, from the tiniest, 
1.6×2.2 inch Underwater Swimmer by Andre Kertesz to one of the most famous,
Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange, evoking the Grapes of Wrath and the great depression. It was only a very small part of his huge collection and included a short video of Sir Elton sharing his apartment, with nary a wall untouched, explaining his passion and how he started collecting. I hope Sir Elton loans it to a U.S. museum too some day!
Neal’s Yard
Time to wander….along the Thames, up to Neal’s Yard at Covent Garden,
The National Gallery…
this one by Renoir is called “The Skiff” so I had to take a picture!
…and this one by Van Gogh called “Two Crabs” has such gorgeous colors
…and then off to see Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time…recommended by my sister and cousin and it didn’t disappoint. Nothing like all those British accents up on stage to make you feel uppity and cultured! I’d recommend…and I’d recommend the book…my only complaint is that the theater was ridiculously hot, which made me a little sleepy and my head started bobbing, which is just embarrassing.
 home via the tube…and quick to bed for a good night’s sleep….I’m going to the Cotswold’s for my birthday!
You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails!

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