I let Simon play hooky from school and we made a day of it. I knew that we would only get a small taste of the museum, due to our window of time being small and Simon's attention span even smaller. But we saw a German history exhibit and poked our heads into a few other exhibits.
We had to see the Rosetta Stone, because it's practically obligatory. To be totally honest, before I saw it I had no idea what it was or why it was famous. In case you're like me- it is an ancient Egyptian stone, from 196 BC that has a royal decree written on it in three different languages. (Ancient Greek, Demotic and Egyptian hieroglyphs.) Because the content of the inscription is the same, it was key to historians for translating Egyptian hieroglyphs.
And while I'm confessing, I also had no idea what a sarcophagus was until Eli told me. A few weeks ago he checked out a book of Egyptian themed art projects from the library. He kept asking me if he could make a paper mache sarcophagus and I kept putting him off. Eventually he just took matters into his own hands, and did it almost entirely by himself. He was so proud of it, and I was so proud of him for his diligent efforts.
(I don't always eat at French cafe's, but when I do I order something with cheese.)
Then we walked down Carnaby Street. Possibly my favorite street in London so far. I've been there a couple times when we have visitors and it's always decorated and festive. There are unique shops and restaurants and it's clean and well-kept.