Wednesday, April 26, 2017

An evening with the Phantom

Before I get into the highlight of day 4, which was also our last full day in London, here's a recap of our afternoon at the British Museum!

Look, as a history minor I can fully appreciate different historic artifacts that can now be found in museums around the world, but the British Museum for me was a bit of a let down. The place was huge which meant that there was just so much to look at, and you felt as if you didn't really have time to fully observe anything properly. Plus it was super crowded, so if there was an object which was "a must see", it was surrounded by people. Maybe this has to do with our timing (since we were there during Easter and there are more people visiting during bank holidays?), but in all honesty I enjoyed the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum in Glasgow a lot more! But hey, it was free and now I can say that I went!

Wondering how they got this into the museum? Or did they build the museum around it? :D

Posing awkwardly in front of things vol. 1009087

The only thing more creepy than a mummified human is a mummified cat...

After a couple of hours in the museum we took the tube back to King's Cross and got a hot chocolate at the station. While we were there, we thought we could check out if we would be able to find the infamous platform 9 3/4 and we did - also surrounded by people. It looked like you had to queue for at least 30 minutes to get a picture, so we settled with taking a picture of the line instead!

In the evening it was time for the event that I had been looking forward to the most - we were seeing the Phantom of the Opera live at Her Majesty's Theater! I cannot tell you how excited I was. I have literally been in love with the musical ever since my music teacher showed us the movie in class when I was in 5th grade. Before heading to the theater we thought we'd have dinner at a restaurant near by, and settled for an Italian place called Assagetti. This was by far the biggest disappointment of our trip so far, and perhaps even the worst restaurant experience I've ever had! We both ordered a starter and a main course, since it was our last dinner in London, and we had reserved approximately 50 minutes for the dining, which we both thought would be enough time to still get to the theater in time, since it was just across the street. Eventually, it took about 10 minutes for the starters to come which is fine, but after that we waited for over 20 minutes for our main courses, and when they finally got to the table, they had prepared the wrong dish for André. At that point, we only had approximately 15 minutes to finish our meal, and we were both eating in quite a hurry because of it (obviously André had to settle for the wrong dish, since there was no time to make a new one). After we had payed we noticed that they even add a 12,5% tip automatically to the bill! It was truly disappointing, and I would advice anyone travelling in London NOT to eat at Assagetti!

The disappointing dining experience was however soon forgotten, when we finally got the tickets to the musical and took our seats. I had bought seats online for approximately 30 pounds per ticket which is a pretty good price, although we did have a restricted view. This didn't really matter too much, there were about 2 or 3 scenes which took place above us which we couldn't see, but other than that I had a pretty clear view. The more disturbing thing were the people who came in late, and the people who were whispering or coughing loudly... like have you never been taught manners?! Other than that the experience was great - I have to admit that I shed a few tears in the beginning of the show when the music started, because I realized my dream of seeing the Phantom was coming true! André also really enjoyed the play, and afterwards we both agreed that this was definitely one of the highlights of the trip!

In conclusion I would say that London was great and absolutely a city I think everyone can enjoy! I definitely want to go back some day because there is just so much to see and experience. For now I'm glad though that the London posts are done, and I can go back to blogging in real time!

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