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The Art of London

by Katie Cook

We have arrived in London! We were told that we brought the sunshine as the weather is gorgeous! With a packed itinerary, we see everything we can and accept that the rest must be saved for a future trip. So we put on our walking shoes, ready to explore the beauty of London.

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We paid a visit to a few of our favorite artists (pictured below: Berckheyde and van Eyck) at the National Gallery, which is home to just a mere 2,300 masterpieces…

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A wonderful part of London is that most museums have free admission. Thankfully, we have our professor to help guide us through these grand museums.

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We strayed away from the classics one morning and gave the Tate Modern a visit. As the name suggests, the Tate is beaming with modern art, from a 1900 Picasso to a 2007 purposely placed crack in the museum floor. The Tate is a place that excitedly accepts the challenge that art comes in all forms!

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Although it’s easy to claim a confused understanding of modern art, the Tate was a nice contrast, having spent the last few days immersed in art from centuries past. Whether you are Raphael painting in the 13th century or a modern artist working in 2015, you are conveying the world you are living in. And though the mediums are different, the intention is the same: evoke emotion.

We also made sure to see:

  • Westminster Abbey
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • The Victoria & Albert Museum

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On my free day, I chose an excursion to Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and the Roman Baths. We also managed to see a Broadway musical, view the city atop the London eye and order some famous fish and chips!

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London has the sparkle of the Royal family, every form of entertainment imaginable, and streets to stroll for days. All with such a classy air to it. It is truly a city that truly offers something for every person.

Cheers for now, London! Now off to catch our ferry to Amsterdam.

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