Thursday, June 6, 2013

Scottish National Gallery

One of the many great things about Edinburgh is that many of the museums and galleries provide free admissions.  On a chillier day last week, we set off for the National Gallery.  Liam fell asleep on the walk to the Gallery so Bobby and I were able to enjoy walking around with Amelie talking about modern art and other notable historic works of art.  We started in the Modern Art area.  We saw paintings, sculptures, videos, and claymations.  We were amazed by some works and dumb-founded by others.  We then made our way to the classics.  We enjoyed scrutinizing Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci, Sandro Botticelli, Raphael (Raffaello Santi), Claude Monet, and more.  Who knew this little gallery would have so many amazing famous works in it?  It was nice being able to see them in a relaxed setting, unlike our experiences at the Louvre.

Bobby and I reenacting The Kiss by Rodin.  Amelie took the picture.  Not too bad! ;)
Amelie then had to pose in front of the statues...she is so silly!
Amelie and I mimicking the statue behind us.

Bobby admiring a Da Vinci.
When Liam woke up from his nap, he was ready to enjoy the art as well.
Bobby and Liam in front of the painting Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch (1755-1808) by Sir Henry Raeburn.  The name caught Bobby's eye and since we have learned what a famous work this is.
 Since the kids were patient for us, we stopped by a playground at the base of the castle to burn some energy before going home.  Both Amelie and Liam are getting more and more daring on the playground equipment.  Amelie is also starting to want to do things on her own for Liam.  It is fun watching them play together.  
This swinging rope is actually really fun.
It is big enough for our whole family to ride on (and we did ride on it all together!)

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