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Art and Culture in the U.K

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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