Dear Yes,Virginia Blog friends/followers.
This is Dr. John. Thanks again for all of your kind comments on my last post.
Museums, Museums and more Museums (I hope you like museums).
Many of London' biggest and best museums are free (some request a small donation but whether you contribute or not is up to you). They also have the most interesting gift shops and the cleanest public WC anywhere.
First stop: the Victoria and Albert Museum which grew out of the Great Exhibition of 1851. It has 150 rooms and more than 20 kilometers (12 miles) of corridors, and features the world's top collection of decorative arts encompassing 2,000 years of art and design.
Dale Chihuly Chandelier (an American glass artist trained in Venice).
The Cast Courts. These plaster-cast versions of famous Renaissance statues by Michelangelo and others allowed 19th-century art students who couldn't afford to go see the originals to study the classics. The Trajan's Column Casts originally rose 42 meters (140 feet) and were decorated with a spiral relief of 2,500 figures trumpeting the exploits of the Roman Emperor Trajan. They had to be cut in half to fit in here.
Fashion Galleries: a most comprehensive collection, dating back from 1600 to the present.
The V&A cafe, located in the Morris, Gamble, and Poynter rooms formed the world's first museum restaurant.
Second stop: the Natural History Museum which has a huge collection (50 million specimens).
Third stop: the Science Museum.
For fans of "The Imitation Game": the Enigma machine below left and Alan Turing's ACE (automatic computing engine) below right.
We also saw an exhibit about the history of timekeeping.
There's nothing like seeing your watch in a museum to make you feel really old!
For fans of card making:
I paraphrase Winston Churchill: "We shall stamp on the beaches...We shall stamp in the fields and in the streets...We will never surrender our High-Quality Photo-polymer...This was their inkiest hour."
Fifth stop: the National Portrait Gallery, a Who's Who of British history, featuring portraits of this nation's most important historical figures (photos are strictly prohibited).
Seeing it in person, I thought the portrait of Kate Middleton was quite good - don't know why it's so controversial.
Sixth stop: Covent Garden, a large square with shops, cafes, street musicians, and an iron-and-glass arcade that once hosted a produce market.
Last stop: for fans of "Mr. Selfridge".
One last shot: my son David and I (in front of the automatic computing engine).
Thanks for looking. Next stop: Norway!
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I am also taking Lovely Layers from Top to Bottom by Shari Carroll. I love it!