14. Oct, 2013:
After flying overnight I arrived in Heathrow at noon. All architecture in London seems designed to impress, and much of it to overwhelm, the viewer. In a visceral sense you understand this was the capital city of an Empire. My first impression, however, was bewilderment. And stunned disbelief: I couldn't believe I was actually in London! After dropping off bags at the hotel, and gratefully stretching my body out flat, we were off.
First it's the V&A! The Victoria and Albert Museum houses decorative arts, so there's something for everyone. I really enjoyed the historical fashions, the statuary, and the Victorian gallery with items from the Great Exhibition. There are fun interactive exhibits, too, and I tried on a corset and farthingale. I still prefer jeans and tees ;)
This baby dress was hand knitted from sewing thread, using 1.5 million stitches. It won Sarah Ann Cunliffe a Bronze medal. I wonder who won Gold!
|Handknit baby dress, V&A|
The statues are amazing. There's a cast of Trajan's column so large that it has to be displayed in two parts. I saw it from the upper walkway, which was a great perspective. I love Rodin's work, and he's amply represented. There are also many, many marble busts of dead white guys.