Author, Barbara Studham

Creator of memoir, fiction, and the children's picture book, Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

The National Gallery, London, UK. barbarastudham.com


Leave a comment

The National Gallery, London, U.K.

The National Gallery in London, UK, is a must see!

During my vacation to the UK, I visited The National Gallery in London. It wasn’t my first visit, but the Gallery never disappoints. Taking photos of the beautiful artwork is permitted, so I took many, some of which I have posted below. While all the pieces are outstanding, one in particular was breathtaking. It was of Madame de Pompadour, painted by Francois-Hubert Drouais.  

The National Gallery, London, U.K.

The reason this painting caught my eye, was Drouais’ attention to detail, especially the lace on Madame de Pompadour’s dress. Here are some photos of her portrait and close-ups of the fabric. Imagine having that talent.

The National Gallery, London, U.K.

There is so much to see at The National Gallery. A tour can take hours, but there are cafes, and Gallery stores in which to pick up mementos of your visit. I purchased small prints of my favorite art. Large prints are available. Prices in the store go from very reasonable to very expensive. Souvenirs range from pens, to purses, to prints, and everything in between. Admission to the Gallery is free, however, there are special showings of artists’ works that come with a small entrance fee. 

The National Gallery, London, U.K.

Here are photos of The Gallery, Trafalgar Square at the main entrance to The Gallery, and Vincent van Gogh’s famous paintings: Van Gogh’s Chair 1888, and, Sunflowers, 1888. 


Barbara Studham’s bio:

Barbara Studham, the memoir writer. I wrote my first #FASD memoir titled Two Decades of Diapers in 2014; my second #FASD memoir titled Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, The Teen Years in 2016. Both cover the twenty years I parented four grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Barbara Studham, the fiction writer. I also write fiction, including the English seaside series, Under the Shanklin SkyBarbara Studham, the children’s FASD picture book creator. My latest creation is a children’s #FASD picture book series titled Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. See, THE SCHOOL DAY, and, FIDGET! on AMAZON. Soon available: The Birthday Bash, and, ADVOCATE! All books available from AMAZON. 

Barbara Studham’s books are available from AMAZON.

Author blog: http://www.barbarastudham.com

FASD blog: http://www.challengedhope.com

Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham

 

Fish and chips at the Grosvenor Pub in Pimlico, London, UK, on Grosvenor Road. barbarastudham.com


Leave a comment

The Grosvenor Pub in Pimlico, London, UK.

THE GROSVENOR PUB, PIMLICO, LONDON, UK.

Whether we like to admit it or not, finding a good place to eat while on vacation is important. Great food adds to the holiday, and is often included in our conversation on our return home. My favorite place to eat during my recent London, UK, vacation was at The Grosvenor Pub on Grosvenor Road. 

The Grosvenor Pub in Pimlico, London, UK, on Grosvenor Road. barbarastudham.com

The Grosvenor Pub in Pimlico, London, UK, on Grosvenor Road.

The Grosvenor Pub in Pimlico, London, UK.

The atmosphere inside British pubs is awesome. People chatting, laughing, getting tipsy. To have great food available simply adds to the ambiance. I had heard that British pub food is dismal, but this certainly was not the case during my vacation. I especially enjoyed the menu at The Grosvenor Pub. Situated on Grosvenor Road in Pimlico just yards from the River Thames, it offers a great daily menu at reasonable (for London!) prices. 

From the variety of choices, I chose the fish and chips, which arrived promptly. The service was great and the food irresistible with two large portions of fish. 

Fish and chips at the Grosvenor Pub in Pimlico, London, UK, on Grosvenor Road. barbarastudham.com

Fish and chips at the Grosvenor Pub in Pimlico, London, UK, on Grosvenor Road.

Two days later, I returned to The Grosvenor, and ordered hamburger and fries which I forgot to photograph because I was so hungry after a day touring London, but the portion was considerable with great flavor.

One stop I made while in London was at The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Simply divine artwork. I will share pictures in my next post. 

In the meantime, if you have plans to visit Pimlico in London, UK, don’t miss The Grosvenor Pub


Barbara Studham’s bio:

For over twenty years, Barbara Studham has parented grandchildren diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Her two memoirs: Two Decades of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, The Teen Years, describe her challenges during their toddler years and teens. She has also written fiction, including a six-book series titled, Under The Shanklin Sky, set in the seaside town of Shanklin, on the Isle of Wight. She is currently creating a children’s FASD picture book series Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Now available in the series is, THE SCHOOL DAY, and, FIDGET! Soon to be released – THE BIRTHDAY BASH! and ADVOCATE!

Barbara Studham’s books are available from AMAZON.

Author blog: http://www.barbarastudham.com

FASD blog: http://www.challengedhope.com

Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham