Victoria & Albert - and the Final Snog

Trip Start Jul 06, 2008
Trip End Aug 04, 2008

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Friday, August 1, 2008

We finally found a Friday when we could go to the V&A.  We got dinner at one of the many Lebanese places in London, which was delicious if a tad spicy, and stopped by Kildare Gardens, a residential-area park that is very beautiful and Nancy loves.  We walked through Hyde Park, happily sunny, and saw a very cool chalk drawing outside of the V&A itself.
It's a big building, very beautiful on the outside (with a section on the top that Nancy pointed out looks like a Greek temple) and a mix of ancient and contemporary inside.  The entrance had a black glass and wire sculpture hanging and above the lobby was suspended an incredible piece made of yellow, blue, and green glass.
It was one of the museums that lets you take pictures unless it's a temporary exhibit, which is much more than many museums allow!  

We first found the Japanese exhibit, which contained objects ranging from ancient to modern.  There were frightening warrior uniforms and many, many Netsuke (mini sculptures that balanced off the weights of pouches) and a huge, intricate embroidered tapestry, as well as many other cool artifacts.

There were some awesome sculptures in the sculpture hall, but more interesting was the special exhibit on jewelry.  Some of the more interesting pieces (in my opinion) were by Rene Jules Lalique, Philippe Wolfers, Carl Fuberge, David Watkins, Vicky Amber-Smith, Caroline Broadhead, Jamie Bennet, Cynthia Cousens, and several others.  The papal rings on display were HUGE and a design a ring computer was set up.

Next was the stained glass and silver.  It was pretty neat seeing how they make stain glass (a lot harder than it looks!) and seeing all different styles of the art up close.  The silver room was very overwhelming, with row upon row of case upon case of shiny....well, silver.

After the V&A, Nancy and I went to get one final Snog...both of us got naturals with SUPERFOOD (a mix of seeds, fruits, and nuts).  Yummyyummyyummy.  This one employee has been there every time we have, hehe.  He must think we're Snog crazy by now.  Or have Snogitis.
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The glass sculpture in the lobby of the V&A is a Chihuly! This past summer (June 2011) I went to the MFA to see "Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass", an amazing exhibit that led to an amazing discovery - I was flipping through some books about him in the museum store afterwards, and I saw a photo of this very sculpture! I had no idea I'd ever seen a Chihuly piece before, but now I can't believe I didn't make the connection as soon as I stepped foot in the MFA exhibit.

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