London! Days 1 and 2
Finally I have a moment to post these London photos. Again, it's impossible to impart what happened there. The heart, the love, the cozy fun behind it is missing. But you get an idea.
We got off the plane (our very, very empty plane) on Valentine's Day and after checking in to our awesome B&B, we headed down to the South Bank to the restaurant Canteen, which might be becoming a first night tradition for us.
The city was aglow
Love was everywhere, even in the Thames
After dinner we happened upon this interactive art exhibit at the Royal Festival Hall about Bibliomancy. Think of a question or intention and pick from a wide range of books to find your answer.
David writing down what he'd come up with on the scrolls.
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We then strolled along the South Bank.
The London Eye was lit in red and there was a very long queue to ride. Lots of lovers getting engaged that night, I'd guess.
The Thames was thick and dark and something more than water-like.
Husband spent but happy.
Lovers at Earl's Court
We meandered for a while after our big breakfast and tried the TKTS booth at Leicester Square to no avail (London doesn't do theatre on Sundays, which I still find baffling). We had some fun gawking at Harrod's and then went to the wonderful Victoria and Albert Museum. Joy! A whole museum about decorative arts! It was a great surprise, as I hadn't done much research on this place. It was filled with wonders and I hope we get to return there as we didn't see everything.
The chandeliers in the cafe!
This was a lunch room. I was drawn to this room and had to eat here. As we were sitting trying to compose ourselves and out-wit our jetlag, we slowly realized that we were surrounded by Burne-Jones paintings and stained glass! That's when we learned that we were in fact in a room designed by William Morris. So very beautiful.
We then were wandering around and ran into Rossetti's "The Day Dream," one of my all-time favorite paintings. What a lovely surprise. It is so beautiful especially in the context of its frame and the poem Rossetti wrote himself etched in it. Learning about the model, Jane Morris, and her relationship with Rossetti has added so much to understanding his paintings of her.
And then here was this just awe-inspiring Burne-Jones designed piano, right next to the Rossetti. What a room! All the art in it was from one person's estate. Can you imagine?
There is also an excellent clothing history exhibit there which we inhaled quickly before the place closed. We were quite knackered at that point but had a lot of time to kill before we could go to sleep, so we went to see Doubt at the local movie theatre, which was great.