Day 47 13-06-2014 Fri London

It was warm and sunny in London today. Our first destination was the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum, which we reached by walking through Kensington Gardens. Kensignton Palace in the grounds (large but unassuming building) was Princess Diana’s home after the split. At the bottom end of that was the most impressive Albert Memorial,

detail from one the corners
detail from one the corners

which is in turn opposite the Royal Albert Hall, the home of the Proms concerts. There are a number of attractive buildings in the vicinity.

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The V&A was a big surprise to me (the advantage of not knowing anything ahead of time – I know, poor form): it had an amazingly extensive display of decorative art works. The sculptures were mostly from recent ages, but very interesting.

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boys, aim here
boys, aim here

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sublime craftsmanship
sublime craftsmanship

Next it was on to the Natural History Museum across the road. In the entrance hall there is a diplodocus skeleton in the main entrance area and a statue of Charles Darwin. The diplodocus was a replica and its leg bones were actually those of an iguanodon (I think) according to one of the attendants: “everything under glass is generally genuine”. We explored the dinosaur gallery in Roland’s honour: he was fascinated by dinosaurs as a small boy and knew the names of many of them.

fellow believers
fellow believers

IMG_8157We went home for a rest before going out to meet the son of a Sydney friend and his partner. We spent a very pleasant hour-and-a-half or so in a pub behind the London Eye.

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