Today the boyfriend (Sean) and I went on a London Bus tour, the top of the double decker bus made me see London from a whole other level. I knew there were so many people in London but oh my gosh people are constantly moving and my view from the top of the bus identified this movement similar to that of a colony of ants. There was no space to be seen on the ground as every step one took, there was someone behind them to fill that space and this wasn’t even peak hour!!
First stop was The National Gallery which houses the national collection of Western European painting from the 13th to the 19th centuries. This was my first real experience of admiring art but unfortunately I only had an hour before closing time to view such beautiful paintings. I saw work from many artists, some I loved but some I was not so fond of. One of the latest arrivals to The National Gallery was the “Portrait of Bibi la Puree” painted by Picasso in 1901. Art means different things to different people and although Picasso was a very talented artist this painting frightened the living daylights out of me as I found it had an uncanny resemblance to that of a clown of which I have a rather large phobia of.
Constant walking around London builds up quite an appetite so the boyfriend and I were on the hunt for a pre dinner snack to share.. Now you may recall my conundrum yesterday at lunch over the choice of salad or pizza, I rectified this today by sharing a pizza with the boyfriend, it was a calorie bargain for the WHOLE pizza at less than 500 calories.
I don’t think I have ever experienced sore soles of my feet from walking in flat shoes before but luckily in London if you do get sick of walking you can hire a bike for only 2 pounds for a 24 hour period. There are bike stands everywhere so you can rent a bike from one location and return it to another!! I love how this promotes an active lifestyle, however helmets are not a compulsory requirement here in the UK so I find it a little dangerous (especially as those “quirky injury mishaps” seem to always find me”) but I figured “when in Rome, do what the Romans do” and jumped on a bike!! I was a little wobbly at first but then got the hang of it, although cycling across Tower Bridge with taxi’s and buses overtaking me was quite frightening. Oh well I survived without injury which is almost a first for me!! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s entry.