The National Gallery is my happy place. I’ve always loved art museums because they’re the only place where I feel connected to the things around me. I think it’s important to practice mindfulness, and experiencing art is a great way to do so.
They say that you can spend a full day at some art museums and still not see everything. I think this is true of the National Gallery.
While I went specifically to see Van Gogh’s Sunflowers painting (which was quite an emotional experience for me), the whole experience was incredible. The collections are so beautiful, and I felt truly at peace.
The first week of study abroad was a bit rough for me, and I wanted to do something that would make me happy. I went to see the Sunflowers and thought about Van Gogh’s connection between the color yellow and happiness. I thought about how colors and art can evoke an emotional response in everyone, and I felt a bit better.
The only thing that surprised me was the amount of panhandlers and pickpockets outside the gallery. I’ve visited the MET in New York, and I don’t remember there being any people asking for money. I could be wrong, of course.
All-in-all, the National Gallery is one of my favorite places in all of London, and I really want to go back one day.
Here’s some artwork that stuck with me: