The British Museum and Family
Despite the late night, we jumped out of bed ready for a full day. We were heading to the British Museum to catch up with some of my cousins and to check out some more old stuff. My sister Rachel said, "You HAVE to go to the British Museum, it's my favourite and the best." So we couldn't miss it. But the real excitement was for our evening adventure ... the Harry Potter Tour. (Which will be a separate blog because it deserves its own commentary.)
I digress - so the British Museum. It seemed huge from the outside but when we got in we discovered it was enormous. The atrium was breathtaking and you knew you were about to make some discoveries. Asher was super excited about seeing (he lists a few, and we all nod and smile because the rest of us are clearly imbeciles and know nothing). But first was lunch and getting to see and meet cousins.
After lunch, which was fun we headed downstairs to find the Rosetta Stone. This is a very famous stone because it has a lot of languages on it and allowed scientists to read and learn about ancient cultures. Asher was so excited so here is a picture of Hannah standing by it.
There is so much to see in the museum but we decided to explore ancient times before the Greeks and Romans (we had seen a lot of that anyway). So Persia & Egypt it was ...
Really big old doors. See below for info. 800 BC ... what??
We did find a bit of Greece though. These are from the Parthenon in Greece (we would have loved to go but just couldn't fit it in). The Greek's would like them back but the British Museum hasn't given in yet. Awkward.
Asher and Elias talked a lot. About a lot of things. But this room was full of a frieze about some events/myths from Greek history.
I got very excited seeing these. We studied them in Classics (Thanks Mr Warbourton). Some seemed really familiar and I have vague recollections of learning about the methods that were used to create them. Asher will learn more when he studies Classics over the next two years. He'll probably remember it all when he's old like me too.
After farewelling Sarah and her girls (they had a train to catch) we headed up to the Egyptian area and found a few mummies, including Cleopatra. That was cool but also a little weird. There was a display in particular that Hannah and I moved past quickly. It was a man who had died (his bodies was on display) in early Egyptian time. You could see quite a bit of detail of his bones and body. I think the desert sand had mummified him a little. It felt wrong staring at a person who had passed away thousands of years ago. We wondered how he would have felt about it all.
We came across a display from home and that was nice.
It was a great day. Here is a photo a kind staff member took of us all before the Sarah and the girls left. See if you can spot the cousins. :)