Art, history and a large blue rooster…

London’s Cockspur, Strand and Whitehall Streets all converge south of Trafalgar Square into a roundabout known as Charing Cross.  The irony of the first street cannot be lost on those gathering there as it’s marked by a statue of a large blue rooster (think about it,) sculpted by German artist Katharina Fritsch.  And you, too, will want to visit as it’s the location of the Statue of Charles I, Nelson’s Column–honoring Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson who died at the Battle of Trafalgar–and most importantly, The National Gallery, one of the greatest art museums in the world.  The Gallery houses some of the greatest collections of paintings imaginable, like Sebastiano del Piombo’s, “The Raising of Lazarus,” and expecting to see them all in a single day is an exercise in futility.  You may want to visit the museum’s various wings across a couple of days instead.  And make time, depending on the weather, to enjoy sitting outside the Gallery’s entrance, an area characterized by beautiful fountains and cafes.

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Statue honoring Charles I.
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The National Gallery.
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German sculptor Katharina Fritsch’s “Hahn/Cock.”
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