Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Day 2 - London

A nice park outside the hotel.
I was happy just walking through this simple, yet very nice park.

St Paul's Cathedral 

River Thames


Wiki: "Tate Modern is a modern art gallery located in London. It is Britain's national gallery of international modern art and forms part of the Tate group (together with Tate BritainTate LiverpoolTate St Ives and Tate Online).[3] It is the most-visited modern art gallery in the world, with around 4.7 million visitors per year.[4] It is based in the former Bankside Power Station, in the Bankside area of the London Borough of Southwark. Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1900 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art."

Yeah!! Love it!!

Reflection of St Paul's Cathedral

Reflection of St Paul's Cathedral
(Didn't realized there was a guy behind the glass)

Reflection (inside the museum)

Reflection (inside the museum)

 Outside View


(Daily objects could be used as an art piece)

Very Zen...
I love this piece.

Interior of the Museum
Where's the line between real and imaginary? 


Wiki: The City of London is a city and ceremonial county within London. It constituted most of London from its settlement by the Romans in the 1st century AD to the Middle Ages, but the conurbation has since grown far beyond the City's borders.[4] The City is now only a tiny part of the metropolis of London, though it remains a notable part of central London. It is one of two districts of London to hold city status; the other is the adjacentCity of Westminster.

The City is a major business and financial centre.[8] Throughout the 19th century, the City was perhaps the world's primary business centre, and it continues to be a major meeting point for businesses.[9] London came top in the Worldwide Centres of Commerce Index, published in 2008. "

City reflection

London being one of the top financial centers of the world, 
being in the financial industry, I would love to be based here for a while.

Financial Center

Really love the cosmopolitan London with people from diverse background.

London City and Tower bridge

London City and Tower bridge

Tower Bridge

Wiki:" Tower Bridge (built 1886–1894) is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London which crosses the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, from which it takes its name, and has become an iconic symbol of London." 

Tower Bridge
(often mistaken as London Bridge. When I was singing the nursery rhythm of "London Bridge is falling down", the image of the bridge is this Tower Bridge.)


Wiki: "The British Museum is a museum in London dedicated to human history and culture. Its permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works,[3] is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence[3] and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.[a]
The British Museum was established in 1753, largely based on the collections of the physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane. The museum first opened to the public on 15 January 1759 in Montagu House in Bloomsbury, on the site of the current museum building. Its expansion over the following two and a half centuries was largely a result of an expanding British colonial footprint and has resulted in the creation of several branch institutions, the first being theBritish Museum (Natural History) in South Kensington in 1881. Some objects in the collection, most notably the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon, are the objects of controversy and of calls for restitution to their countries of origin."

British Museum.

One of the best museums in the world. It is the best, in terms of diverse collection, I ever been to.
Thanks to the British Empire.

Back in the 19th century, it must be an exciting era to be a British Explorer, to ravel the mysterious around the world, to explore new frontiers and to loot treasures from all around the world.

Interior of British Museum

Mesoamerica. I visited Mexico city and its Anthropology museum 6 mths ago, above graph is a very good summary of the history in the region, where Mayan civilization is more dominant in the West.

**I did not see this graph in Anthropology museum in Mexico, and was confused for a while.

Aztec Art Piece

Statue from the Easter Island 
(I have never seen such statue anywhere else)

Egyptian Artifact

My visit to Egyptian Museum:

Taken from the Parthenon in Athens, Greece 

One of the original - The Porch of the Caryatids

These artifacts are missing when I visited Athens,
My visit to Athens Museum:

Persian Artifacts

Persian Artifacts

I have seen most of the artifacts from various major civilizations before, but the Persian civilizations artifacts are quite rare. There is a good sizable collection in the British Museum.

5,500 years old Mummy

I felt conflicted when I went to the Museum. On one hand, I felt that British was exploiting and robbing other nations of their history, on the other other hand, the British have done such a great job preserving the artifacts which has significance to the whole mankind, and not just the country of origin.

For instance: I have been to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo (but that Museum was subsequently damaged during the Arab Spring."). The Iranian doesn't seem to treasure its rich history as well, other than its recent Islam history.

Convertible Rolls Royce.
The Indian Diaspora is doing well in London.
(Or rather, the rich Indians prefer to migrate to London)


End my evening with a good catching up with friend who is working as a trader in London for the past 4 years. It is good to know a foreign place through your friend too. =)

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