Day 2 in Europa

Good morning... time for breakfast with Jacqueline@Home in London at The Albion...

we can sit outside...
or inside...
to eat a variety of yummies... oooh and I hear they have a FABuLOUS Bloody Mary...


Nowwwwwwwwwwww... that we are full... time to see some ART at The National Gallery... images & info via HERE)

The National Gallery is an art gallery on Trafalgar Square, London, United Kingdom. Founded in 1824, it houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900[a]. The gallery is an exempt charity, and a non-departmental public body of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.[2] Its collection belongs to the public of the United Kingdom and entry to the main collection (though not some special exhibitions) is free of charge. 

Unlike comparable art museums in continental Europe, the National Gallery was not formed by nationalising an existing royal or princely art collection. It came into being when the British government bought 38 paintings from the heirs of John Julius Angerstein, an insurance broker and patron of the arts, in 1824. After that initial purchase the Gallery was shaped mainly by its early directors, notably Sir Charles Lock Eastlake, and by private donations, which comprise two thirds of the collection.[3] The resulting collection is small in size, compared with many European national galleries, but encyclopaedic in scope; most major developments in Western painting "from Giotto to Cézanne"[4] are represented with important works. It used to be claimed that this was one of the few national galleries that had all its works on permanent exhibition,[5] but this is no longer the case. 

The present building, the third to house the National Gallery, was designed by William Wilkins from 1832–8. Only the façade onto Trafalgar Square remains essentially unchanged from this time, as the building has been expanded piecemeal throughout its history. Wilkins's building was often criticised for its perceived aesthetic deficiencies and lack of space; the latter problem led to the establishment of the Tate Gallery for British art in 1897. The Sainsbury Wing, an extension to the west by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, is a notable example of Postmodernist architecture in Britain. The current Director of the National Gallery is Nicholas Penny.





J'adored looking at all that art... hope you did too... one last look at London via the London Eye...
 

and time to hop a train for Paris...
anddddddddddd voilà... we are in Paris...
Time for dinner... why not dine at Le Jules Verne and look out over Paris for our first night...
oui oui oui... up the Eiffel Tower we go...



Delightful... busy day... time to call it a day... See YOU in the matin... 
be prepared for a lot of FUN in Paris tomorrow... à demain mon amies!


ENJOY!

10 comments:

vicki archer said...

Busy, busy Fifi.....Hope you are having a fabulous time wherever you are....xv

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

Quelle journée! Il est magnicent. Vous êtes très fatigué?
A demain.

La Petite Gallery said...

Looks like it might be eggs benedict. The Lobster looks delish.
What a grand time you are having.
Enjoy. That was a fantastic
view . yvonne

Adeline Country Cottage said...

Bonjour Fifi,

Thank you for the history, and for the wonderful trip to Paris, looks like your enjoying yourself very much...can't to see what you do tomorrow.

x
Kirstie

martinealison said...

Une bien belle virée... Un lieu fantastique que celui de la "National Gallery"... J'ai eu la chance d'y aller plusieurs fois et à chaque fois, ce fut un véritable bonheur.
L'ensemble des petits endroits cosy sont une incitation à la détente... Bienvenue à Paris... (Je serai chez Michou le 9 octobre...)
Gros bisous

Karena said...

Love following along on your trip Fifi! I can see you are enjoying every moment.

xoxo
Karena

Art by Karena

Kris said...

Bonjour Fifi,

So glad you made it safely to Paris my mon ami! I am so looking forward to chatting and playing catch-up with you over a cafe au lait.

I hope you won't be suffering too much from jet lag as there is much to see!

Au Revoir

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Now that was lots of fun. I enjoyed seeing and learning about the museums in London.. And got a little vertigo in that glass thingy.. but what a view.. :)) Looking forward to what we see in Paris tomorrow.

Madelief said...

Hi Fifi,

Enjoy your time in Europe! It must have been fun meeting Jaqueline!!

Have a wonderful time in Paris!

Madelief x

Jennelise said...

So jealous :) Sounds like the perfect day to me.
Jennelise

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