Tourists in Our Own Town

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So I finally went to the British Museum after living here for nearly three years. I can’t believe it took me so long to explore this treasure trove of ancient delights!

For those of you who haven’t been, it’s worth noting that the name “British Museum” is a bit of a misnomer. The museum is far from of an explanation Britain’s history or a collection all things British, as the name might suggest. Instead, the museum houses statues, pottery, carvings, mummies, and countless artifacts from cultures around the world. I guess the tie to Britain is that they were all collected by British people over the years? Unclear. Regardless, it made for a fantastic afternoon out in London!

One of the British Museum’s many claims to fame is having the Rosetta Stone on display.

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Of course, that was our first stop upon entering the museum but it wasn’t by far the most impressive item. My absolute favorite pieces were the huge carved walls/gates from ancient Middle Eastern cultures. The scale, the detail, the majesty, and the enchantment of them just blew me away!

Other highlights for me included the Egyptian statues, the mummies (including a mummified CAT!!), and some of the pottery and statues from Asia.

We didn’t even get close to exploring the entire museum but the parts we did see were really interesting and had such beautiful things. Perfect (free!) activity on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

After the museum, we made our way down to Covent Garden to check out one of the oldest pubs in central London. The Lamb and Flag pub dates back to the 1600 or 1700s and was frequented by Charles Dickens. Although the outside looks quite modern, the inside has a cozy, historic feel to it.

Another fun little gem to discover right in the heart of London!

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