continued from September 27th and 28th …
I booked a ticket for the Jasper Johns exhibit at the Royal Academy first thing in the morning hoping to avoid crowds so that I could actually view the work. My plan worked beautifully. By the time I reached the end of the exhibit, which was wonderful, the galleries were crowded and close examination of the paintings would have been difficult.
The Royal Academy
Following the Jasper Johns exhibit I went to the Matisse in the Studio exhibit. I loved seeing the actual blue glass vase, the painted table and many more of the objects he included in his paintings.
Afterwards I wandered the streets in the direction of Cass Art, a recommended art supply store.
The home of the flamboyant explorer
I walked through this area of the city on my way to the Cass Art store on Rupert Street past Piccadily Square, hoping to purchase 2.5mm lead. No luck. It was worth the walk past odd fashion stores, costume shops, adult entertainment theaters and men packing up their food cards. I walked behind a well-dressed businessman who wore orange socks with skull and crossbones pattern.
This is more my cup of tea. However ….
My first choice is a coffee latte at a nice, noisy pub.
Before heading back to London Bridge for some Fish and Chips in Borough Market. From the man sitting next to me I learned about beer shandy (beer with 50% lemonade) and Lager Top ( 75% lager and 25% lemonade). He is an actor now, but in the 90’s he worked for AT&T in Morristown, NJ, less than an hour away from me.He was sent there by his London office to learn the early technology and sales of phone cards,
My Metro stop
Fish and Chips!
I returned to the hostel to find a lively group of giggling French women celebrating a birthday. A pleasant end to a day filled with inspiring art, lively conversation and the visual delights of every day life in London.
To be continued …