Friday, 5th May, 2023

Once again, the weather today was good. As we were both very tired, we decided to have a slack morning and not set the alarm. I woke up about 8:30am and after morning ablutions, tried to catch up on journal writing. Having completed the entry for 3rd May, we made our way into London to see what was happening around the route of the Coronation Procession. We were amazed at the number of people already in the area. There were police and security people everywhere - at least one every 1 or 2 metres of the route. Already, people had staked out positions along the route - some had even pitched small tents or marked their position by chairs and ground sheets. It appeared that some of these setups were not even occupied! Information regarding public transport was not hopeful. Some of the stations were to be closed, some would be exit only. We were warned that stations would be closed at a moment's notice if the number of people within them was deemed to be unsafe.

This is Charing Cross (after which the station adjacent is named).

Admiralty Arch under which the procession will pass tomorrow. The banners read "Happy & Glorious".

Some of the people already lined up along the route of the procession.

After processing all this information, we made the reluctant decision that we would not try to watch the procession the next day. Having made up our minds about that, we decided to visit the National Gallery. We were not the only ones visiting. We had to line up (only briefly, thankfully) and go through the security system before gaining access. The first thing we noticed was how hot it was inside! We have found that many buildings in England are overheated by Australian standards. I'm glad I don't have to pay their energy bills. The building would be worth visiting even if there was no artwork inside at all. Gallery after gallery is an architectural delight. So many artists of great renown are represented in the gallery. We enjoyed viewing works by the likes of da Vinci, Raphael, Titan, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Constable, Monet and so many more. Below are just a few of the hundreds of photos we took. Three hours passed very quickly.

"The Ambassadors" Hans Holbein the Younger 1533

"Mystic Nativity" Sandro Botticelli 1500

"Skittle Players Outide an Inn" Jan Steen c.1660

"Insects with Common Hawthorn and Forget-Me-Not" Jan van Kessel the Elder 1654

"Insects with Creeping Thistle and Borage" Jan van Kessel the Elder 1654

"Bouquet in a Clay Vase" Jan Breughel the Elder c.1609

"Glass Vase with Flowers, with a Poppy and a Finch Nest" Jan van Huysen c.1720

"The Adoration of the Kings" Jan Gossaert c.1510

"St Michael Triumphs over the Devil" Bartolomé Bermejo 1468

"The Annunciation, with St Emidius" Carlo Crivelli 1486

Detail of above

Detail of above

Detail of above

"Corneris van der Geest" Anthony van Dyck c.1620

"Portrait of Infanta Isabella" Studio of Peter Paul Rubens c.1615

"Portrait of Susannah Lunden" Peter Paul Rubens c.1622

"Belshazzar's Feast" Rembrandt c.1636

"The Wilton Diptych" artist unknown c.1395

"The Arnolfini Portrait" Jan van Eyck 1434

"The Magdalen Reading" Rogier van der Weyden 1435

"A Lady with a Squirrel and a Starling" (?)Anne Lovell  Hans Holbein the Younger c.1526

Detail of above

"The Adoration of the Shepherds" Guido Reni c.1640

"Mademoiselle Brongniart" Elizabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun 1788

"The Hay Wain" John Constable 1821

"The Skiff (La Yole)" Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1875
This was probably my favourite painting of all! The way the light is captured is just amazing!

"Sunflowers" Vincent van Gogh 1888

St Martin in the Fields

Trafalgar Square

Elizabeth Tower from Trafalgar Square

Nelson's Column


Battersea Power Station - now apartments and a shopping centre

On our return to our accommodation, we were very disappointed to find that my camera had been stolen from the car. As there was no damage, we can only assume that we had left it unlocked. The car was parked in front of our accommodation so the staff there will have the security company review the footage to see if they can find the culprit in action. Fortunately, I had already saved all the photos from it and I have been taking most of my photos with my iPhone.

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