Facebook has been filled with photos of friends and their children dressed in all their Easter finery, holding colorful goody baskets and the phrase “He is risen!” (He is risen indeed!) We kind of missed the mark on finery and abundant candy baskets but we got in a few “He is risens!” Our choice of worship venue was St Paul’s cathedral. This is the church everyone in the US has seen on television for the royal weddings and funerals. How could we miss it? We completely expected not to fit in with the hoards of people in their Easter best and fascinators since we had on only our cleanest Columbia travel wear. This should not have been any concern at all. Saint Paul’s was filled with mostly tourists who looked exactly like us. A few folks must have been there just to ogle a bit because they left 15 minutes into the service. If you come to worship you can get in for free, if you are there to sightsee – there is an entrance fee. Despite the congregation demographics it was a lovely service with a good message and a choir with no women – just boys to sing the soprano part.
We emerged from the service to rain. It is in the tourist rule book that if it is a rainy day everyone must go to the National Gallery. This (free) art museum was packed with people but we still managed to see some very nice paintings. There was a very long line to view “Sunflowers” by Van Gogh. It really isn’t to my taste – but hanging in a nearby gallery was another Van Gogh – don’t know why folks find the gloomy Sunflowers so superior.
We saw the painting by Delaroche which captures one of the stories we heard during our tower of London tour. It is the beheading of 17 year old Jane Grey. This photo also demonstrates how a majority of visitors understand the concept of standing back to observe a painting so a maximum number of people can see. But there is always the one person who get’s up front and center.
Another universal rainy day activity is going to the movies. This may even be an Easter tradition for some families. Brenna, Scarlet and I watched ‘Divergent’ while the rest of the family toured Leicester Square and Picadilly Circus. Their choice of ‘Captain America” was the special 3-D showing and cost the equivalent of $50 US dollars each – they decided it was not worth the splurge.
Our Easter dinner was in one of London’s finest basement hovels – L’Cellar. It was cheap, it was good and it gave the children confidence that they currently possess the ability to run a restaurant.