Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Tuesday, July 21

We began our day with a trip to the British Museum via the St. Pancras station, where we visited Platform 9 3/4. It was fun to see the spot where Harry Potter gained access to the train platform. No one from our class had any luck, however, in getting their own trolley onto the platform! We then strolled through the neighborhood and stopped in front of the home of Charles Dickens for a photo op.

The British Museum was as fabulous (but more crowded) than I remembered from my last visit. We were allowed to roam throughout the museum and I quickly sought out all of my old favorites. The mummies and treasures from Egypt, the Rosetta Stone, the Sutton Hoo treasure, statues from Easter Island, the huge statue of Ramses the Great, and the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon were just a few of the highlights. We also viewed a mosaic considered to be the earliest representation of Christ and the Flood Tablet, a cuneiform tablet which is inscribed with a portion of the tale of Gilgamesh. The museum was a wonder and a treat for us all and someplace we all hope to visit again soon.
Later that evening a group of us ventured over to Tottenham Court Road to the Odeon Theatre to see the latest Harry Potter movie. It was fun to be in London and see places that we have visited be a part of the HP saga. The Millennium Bridge which is close to our dorm was featured in one part of the film as were tube stations and streets that looked familiar. It made for a late, but fun, night!

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