Art and Culture in the U.K

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While the Louvre in Paris may be more famous, London also has awesome museums. We took the opportunity to visit the British Museum and the Tate Modern and I must said I was amazed by both.

One really cool fact: these national museums were both free, although small donations were encouraged. How cool! In Paris, museums are quite expensive and it adds up pretty fast.

The British Museum is a museum of human history and culture. Its collection is so extensive that it’s impossible to see it all in a day. One thing I really wanted to see was the Rosetta Stone, the ancient Egyptian artifact stone that provided the key to understand the hieroglyphs. As a translator, I found it fascinating! I also enjoy the modern Chinese art exhibition for that it gave a good snapshot of what current artists in China are working on.

The Tate Modern, the international modern art museum, is an experience in itself: it is located in an old power station. The top of the building offers a great view of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge across the Thames. The museum has works by Andy Warhol, Picasso, Braque, Roy Lichtenstein… Modern and contemporary art are sometimes very controversial, some like it and some don’t. Yet I think this is a place to visit, it’s definitely one of the most original and people-friendly museums I have been to.

You can follow our trip to the U.K here on Flickr: United Kingdom.

Ancient Egypt

Latin America

British Museum Reading Room

View from the Tate Modern

Ancient Greece

Ancient Egypt

Rosetta Stone

Chinese Modern Art

Andy Warhol at the Tate

Russian Soviet Art

Tate Modern Cafeteria

Overlooking the Thames


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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.


  1. Salut Zhu,
    Iam glad that your trip in continuing after Nantes. Thanks for stopping over my blog and spending a few moments.
    I know so well what its like to not have enought time to do everything so no problem that we could not meet.

    These museums look great! We never seem to make time for museums when we travel. London being so near, I think that we should try.
    Bises xx

  2. Free? Really? Whoa! That’s one reason to visit London! I remember when I was in Washington DC, you should visit that city, the National Mall where all the Smithsonian Museums were lined up are all free as well!

  3. The Latin America piece catches my attention first! That is a very creatvie abstract art! It is awesome- no fee for this wonderful museume!

  4. you take such great photographs. it is because you are a good observer. i love how you show photos side by side, so that we see the similarities in different cultures as much as we see the differences.
    and good for the british for making museums accessable to people. yes, museums are expensive to operate and maintain, but they represent human history; it is *our* collective history, all of us.

  5. It’s a living encyclopedia… While Louvre is more to the arts. The British Museum is dubbed one of the greatest in this world, and the fact that it’s free just adds on to its fab-ness!

  6. My personal favourite is V&A Museum.
    But there are many, many more museums full of characters.

    Ha ha… You’re not allowed to take photos at Tate Modern.
    But if you go to Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea.
    You can take as many as you like!
    It’s a really, really cool gallery.

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