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Paris, Paris - Day 5

Day 5 was travel day, to Paris! We packed our bags, had an early breakfast, took an Uber and reached St. Pancras International promptly at 10 o'clock.

What did we miss to see in London? I wanted to see the Oxford and Cambridge universities, simply because they were centers of learning. Of course, I wanted to see the Srinivasa Ramanujan memorial plaque at the Trinity College Chapel. We couldn't make it to the British Museum either, their loot collection of 8 million items is one of the largest in the world. The National Gallery (at Trafalgar Square), home to some of the world famous artwork, also didn't make the cut. Shakespeare lovers can visit Stratford-upon-Avon, his birth and burial place. I had asked one of my colleagues about Stratford, and he told me that the people of the town wear a goofy 16th century costume. When I informed my family of this fact, it was instantly tossed out of the list, which also happened to be the only unanimous decision we made in this entir…

Dear Old London - Day 4

The next day was a "free day", meaning we had nothing planned. In the words of my kids, we just wanted to "meme" around. We had a leisurely breakfast and headed out to Trafalgar Square.

As the name indicates, the monuments in Trafalgar Square were erected to commemorate the victory of Britain over the French and Spanish forces at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Trafalgar Square is also home to the National Gallery, which contains about 2500 paintings from the 13th to the 18th centuries.

Sadly, this was another place that we didn't have time to visit. I do think that visiting a gallery (or a museum) requires study and preparation, especially if we want to fully appreciate a foreign culture and their history. As you had guessed by now, we were woefully unprepared! The gallery's french counterpart across the channel, The Louvre, by contrast, is the world's largest art museum having more than 35,000 objects on display.

Next stop before lunch was London Ey…