It’s about seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary.
My last ‘Point Shoot’ post was about a February halfterm trip to Battle. This one is a record of a lovely few hours in London with my eldest. We’d already had a lovely morning in the park for a family photo shoot. Afterwards my boy and I headed into town to the Royal Academy of Arts to see the exhibition of Charles I – ‘King and Collector’. We enjoyed a lovely few hours together before heading back home for some more precious family time.
- Sauntering for a train and being lucky to find one pulling up to the platform just as we got there.
- Chatting together on the train without any interruptions.
- Walking together from a ‘quiet’ Charing Cross, through Trafalgar Square and up to Picadilly Circus. Trafffic was pretty non-existent for much of this walk as there had been road closures for a race.
- Taking time to drink in the atmosphere in Trafalgar Square (which is soooo much cleaner and well presented then when I was a child and I remember all the pigeons!) and to watch my boy being curious about the fountain. We usually rush through this part of London en route to somewhere else but were in no rush yesterday.
- Feeling grateful to the mother-in-law for treating us to tickets for the ‘King and Collector’ exhibition.
- Very excited to see some iconic Van Dyke paintings of Charle I and his family that I have pored over for years in text books.
- Being so proud of my son for handling himself so well in such a busy adult setting. Polite, thoughtful and interested. He was a pleasure to be in the company of while we studied the pictures.
- Chatting over lunch together in the café afterwards. And him being very grown up about the limited choice of food on offer.
- Walking back from the Royal Academy of Arts through the West End, over the Hungerford Bridge and along the South Bank a little to Waterloo station. We enjoyed the views over the Thames and I was very impressed with all the walking my boy did, and as usual, with no complaints.
The exhibition is on until the middle of April. If you have any interest in the Stuarts and historical paintings I really recommend you go. And don’t be afraid to take an inquisitive child with you too!