The Adventures of Flat Stanley
Great to hear from you. We had another great day yesterday (Saturday).
We went up to London to visit the National Portrait Gallery and then
we went for dinner in a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown and then to
the theatre to see "The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged"
by the Reduced Shakespeare Company. It was a great day out!
Firstly, we had to get a train from Banbury which is about eight miles
from where Greg and Penny live to Marylebone Station in London. I've
attached some photographs to show you. The first one is of me in a
seat on the train next to Penny. It was really clever - they kept
me in Penny's book until we were on the train so they didn't have
to buy me a ticket.
|When we got to London
we had to get on the underground (the subway) and go across London
to Leicester Square which is not very far from Trafalgar Square. There
is a picture of me at Trafalgar Square - the tall column is Nelson's
Column. He defeated the French in the Napoleonic Wars at the Battle
Go and visit http://www.thetube.com/
and look at the maps and see if you can work out how to travel from
Marylebone Station to Leicester Square (there is a Journey Planner
to help you if you get stuck!)
Just around the corner from Trafalgar Square is the National Portrait
Gallery where we spent a couple of hours. They have lots and lots
of paintings of very famous British men and women. There were several
paintings of Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I as well as some of more
modern people like the present Queen and, of course, Princess Diana.
You can see a lot of the images on-line if you visit http://www.npg.org.uk/live/index.asp
- there is a Search Option and if you enter Princess Diana in the
section on Search the Collection you can find a couple of pictures
of the portraits I saw.
|After the Portrait Gallery
we walked to Chinatown and had dinner in a great Chinese restaurant
- I can't remember the name but there is another photograph of me
reading the menu. I had to share the vegetarian set meal with one
of Penny and Greg's friends but we all got to share anyway so it was
And then, after dinner, we walked to the Criterion Theatre to see
the "Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged" which was
very, very funny. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take any pictures
inside the theatre so I haven't got one for you.
After the play we had to catch the train back to Banbury again and
we finally got home about 12:30 at night! It was a late night but
a lot of fun.
I don't think we're going to be going too much today - Greg and Penny
look pretty tired and worn out to me! Also, I don't know what we'll
be doing this week but I hope to be able to send you another e-mail
and perhaps some more photographs later this week.
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