A day at Somerset House in London
London, England, January 10, 2008
It was Monday, opening day of the week, and every one who was working, was in a hurry to reach their places of work, and catch up with pending work over the weekend. I was on my own, so decided to spend some time with history. I hopped on a red bus and headed for the Strand, and London Somerset House
was my first call.
I chose to sit in the courtyard of Somerset House and soak in the sun while the synchronized jets of the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court danced in an orchestrated sequence. This 18th century palace, now a major cultural hub, houses the world-renowned permanent collections of The Courtauld Gallery, Gilbert Collection and Hermitage Rooms. I was amazed viewing world-famous Old Master and Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, Sculptures, Applied Arts and Decorative Arts at these galleries. After the eye widening rounds, I relaxed in the terrace café, which served range of delicious food items. While sipping my favorite wine I enjoyed the magnificent view of River Thames. Before moving on to meet up friends at the London Trafalgar Square
, I picked up some gifts from the Gallery. I was told, in the winter Somerset House is transformed into an ice rink, and is supposed to be London's best skating spot after frozen Thames.
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