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Day 1 - Arrival in London

British Museum

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We landed at London about 9 AM, three hours late due to delays at Dulles. Got to our hotel, The Royal Lancaster, just before noon. After a brief lunch, our room was ready. The hotel is on the north side of Hyde Park, roughly in the middle, maybe a 10 minute walk from Marble Arch. We decided to head for the British Museum, which we had not been able to see in previous visits.

The British Museum contains archeological finds from the great British explorations of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. For example, when we visited the Parthenon in Athens, most of the friezes that decorated the walls were missing. They are in the British Museum. There is a statue of Ramesses II from his mortuary in Egypt (the one from Exodus played by Yul Brynner). It also includes the Rosetta Stone and statues from Nineveh and much more. Really interesting and worth the visit.

We knew the Rosetta Stone had enabled historians to translate hieroglyphics but did not know how. It is a fragment from a stele announcing the same royal decree in three languages: hieroglyphics, Demotic, and Greek. Well, they knew Greek, so could decipher the rest.

Dinner was at The Victoria, a pub several blocks away from the hotel. The fish and chips were awesome! Jerry had several pints of bitter.

Entrance to British Museum

Entrance to British Museum


Judy on Steps to British Museum

Judy on Steps to British Museum


Entrance to Palace of Sargon

Entrance to Palace of Sargon


Venus

Venus


Ram Sphinx of King Taharqu from Kawa, Egypt

Ram Sphinx of King Taharqu from Kawa, Egypt


Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone


Ramesses II

Ramesses II


King Amenhotep III as a Lion

King Amenhotep III as a Lion


Central Hall in British Museum - Note Ceiling

Central Hall in British Museum - Note Ceiling

Jerry in Front of British Museum

Jerry in Front of British Museum

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