Bucket List No 18 – See an internationally famous piece of art

19 Nov

Every so often, I have an experience which reminds me how lucky I am to live in London. This tends to happen less the longer you live here but when it does happen, it’s brilliant.

On Saturday I had one of these moments when we stopped by the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. The collection of paintings upstairs is free to see – that’s right, FREE. In one of the world’s most expensive cities, you can wander around looking at internationally famous paintings at absolutely no cost.

There’s a fair few up there. Monet’s Water Lilies is one of the well-known pieces. A random fact I learned was that the lilies, as well as a lot of his other outdoor paintings like The Japanese Footbridge, were of his own garden, which he grew partly to have subjects to paint.

My favourite was Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, which apparently the painter himself was also very pleased with.

20141108_131825Be prepared for all the tourists who insist on having their photo taken in front of every painting but otherwise, well worth a visit. It also felt like I’d gotten some culture and I didn’t feel quite so bad watching Made in Chelsea the next day…

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