Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sunday 21 February - Courtulds Institute and Sunday Lunch

The Courtaulds Institute is a wonderful art gallery.  The exhibits are relatively few but they are well displayed and the notes are informative and helpful.. The gallery is quite small but it certainly makes up for this in quality.  I have always liked the couple of rooms with the French Impressionists.
Pisarro - Dulwich
Manet - Folies Begeres
Van Gogh
From there we walked in the mild but cloudy and windy weather along the Thames Embankment and made our way to St. Jame's Park.
Another variation on the decorative lamp standards
The White Pelicans were all huddled together
A young heron
We had lunch at the Drayton Arms but it was not as good as in previous visits.  We will have to look elsewhere on our next visit.

The beer and wine was better than the food.  

We walked back to the hotel crossing Kensington Gardens and along the edge of Hyde Park.  A number of very noisy green parrots were flying around.  It seems there are many in the London parks and across southern England.  They are semi-tame and were taking food from people.  They have been here since the 1960s and are regarded as pests in some areas.  It was a long walk and we were exhausted by the time we arrived back at the hotel.  Check in to Air Canada was easy and packing was quickly done.

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