Before I go any further I need to clarify a certain point from yesterday's post. The tour was top-notch but short of perfect due to the fact we were not escorted by an officer of the Metropolitan Police Service.
The morning was spent at Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery, and the Imperial War Museum. The square was enormous and I got to watch a falconer use two Harris hawks chase the pigeons away from the monument. I had never been in an art gallery until today and I have to say the National Gallery was amazing. The art was just beautiful and I could not believe how much I loved my time there. I am not exactly what you would call an "artsy guy" but I have a whole new appreciation for art after viewing all those spectacular paintings. The war museum was great and I especially enjoyed the history behind the Trench Warfare exhibit.
The resort complex of Pentonville was our destination for this afternoon. A senior segregation prison officer, Mr. Palmer conducted out tour along with Mr. Grimes; the entire event was quite proper. The history surrounding this local jail is very interesting; it currently holds over 1,000 prisoners of various levels of villainy. Interestingly Pentonville was built after the design of an Atlanta, GA prison in 1841. I guess the English copied some stuff from us Yanks. Mr. Palmer was a great host and if I had to go to jail while in London I think Pentonville would be my first choice.