After we procured our tickets and a cheap lunch at Pret a Manger, we spent some time wandering around the National Gallery. It is overwhelmingly huge. There are paintings of Jesus looking extremely effeminate EVERYWHERE. I really hope that isn't offensive...just my opinion on the paintings. I really think it is interesting how he is portrayed with such soft features. I guess a lot of his good deeds could be viewed as motherly, the way he took care of those in need. He seems to be portrayed as a strong man, but not necessarily a super masculine one. I really enjoyed the mythological paintings. There is one in particular of Perseus using Medusa's head to turn people into stone that is really neat. My favorite room, however, was the Monet/Renoir/Manet room. The water lilies are obviously stunning, though it was a bit of ego boost to see that the pieces in this museum pale in comparison to the one at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Our little gang walked around Piccadilly Circus and up Regent Street, though we didn't do any browsing or shopping. It is kind of a weird area, not nearly as flashy as Times Square or 5th Avenue, but also similar in some respects.
Finally, we walked to Westminster Abbey. It is gorgeous and stunning (photo below). Only Jason opted to pay the £15 entrance fee. The rest of us, knowing that we will be back once the rest of our delegation arrives, decided to head back to Nido to rest (and write our blogs!).