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My dear friend Gene from New York visited London this past week, and it was the perfect excuse to be enthralled by my city once again. These are a mere snapshot of scenes that we passed and artefacts that we saw, especially in London's many world-class museums.We enjoyed the Science Museum, The British Museum and dipped our toe into the Natural History Museum. But the Victoria and Albert Museum truly overwhelmed us with its magnificent porcelain and ceramic collection, everything from the Ming Dynasty to French Sevre to Italian Majolica. And following that, downstairs had a breathtaking silverware and stained glass collection, to say nothing of the exquisite snuff boxes, some of which were made from precious stones such as agate. We also experienced the harrowing Holocaust Exhibit at the Imperial War Museum. Incredibly upsetting and wrenching, but an exhibit that everyone should see. And of course, we enjoyed killing time at the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery.At the weekend, I took Gene to see Uppark, a beautiful, small mansion maintained by the National Trust, whose volunteers spared no generosity in bequeathing their knowledge and information unto us. We were extremely gratified by their time and friendliness. Gene's visit once again reminded me that it is easy to become home-blind to one's own city and backyard. But London really has some of the best museums and galleries in the world, and since they are almost all free, you really have no excuse not to immerse yourself in their captivating wonder. 

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Fleeting Through London

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My dear friend Gene from New York visited London this past week, and it was the perfect excuse to be enthralled by my city once again. These are a mere snapshot of scenes that we passed and artefacts that we saw, especially in London's many world-class museums.

We enjoyed the Science Museum, The British Museum and dipped our toe into the Natural History Museum. But the Victoria and Albert Museum truly overwhelmed us with its magnificent porcelain and ceramic collection, everything from the Ming Dynasty to French Sevre to Italian Majolica. And following that, downstairs had a breathtaking silverware and stained glass collection, to say nothing of the exquisite snuff boxes, some of which were made from precious stones such as agate. 

We also experienced the harrowing Holocaust Exhibit at the Imperial War Museum. Incredibly upsetting and wrenching, but an exhibit that everyone should see. 

And of course, we enjoyed killing time at the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery.

At the weekend, I took Gene to see Uppark, a beautiful, small mansion maintained by the National Trust, whose volunteers spared no generosity in bequeathing their knowledge and information unto us. We were extremely gratified by their time and friendliness. 

Gene's visit once again reminded me that it is easy to become home-blind to one's own city and backyard. But London really has some of the best museums and galleries in the world, and since they are almost all free, you really have no excuse not to immerse yourself in their captivating wonder. 

Covent Garden.
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Covent Garden.

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Trafalgar Square, with the National Gallery behind.

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Trafalgar Square, with the National Gallery behind.

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Agate at the Natural History Museum. 
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Agate at the Natural History Museum. 

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Old cameras in the Science Museum.

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Old cameras in the Science Museum.

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Leica 35mm, from 1930.

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Leica 35mm, from 1930.

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The steering wheel of Jet 1.
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The steering wheel of Jet 1.

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Gene holds up the guns at the Imperial War Museum.
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Gene holds up the guns at the Imperial War Museum.

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The ceiling at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
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The ceiling at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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A Persian timepiece.
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A Persian timepiece.

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Ceremonial daggers from Iran.
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Ceremonial daggers from Iran.

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From the porcelain collection.
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From the porcelain collection.

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This is made entirely of porcelain.
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This is made entirely of porcelain.

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A bejewelled agate snuff box.
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A bejewelled agate snuff box.

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The courtyard of the V&A.
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The courtyard of the V&A.

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Amazing what people will do for money in front of the National Gallery.  

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Amazing what people will do for money in front of the National Gallery.  

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As a farewell gift, Gene bought me dinner in Rules, a 200 year old restaurant near Covent Garden. 
Thanks Gene!  

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As a farewell gift, Gene bought me dinner in Rules, a 200 year old restaurant near Covent Garden. Thanks Gene!  

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Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.comDec 12, 2013 10:04 AM

Hello Alpha Whiskey!
I just left you a comment at my own blog but wanted to leave one here as well to return the kind favor of your visit. These photos are so lovely--the colors, the lighting, and especially the fun! Really enjoyed taking a look at my uncle's trip and so happy that you shared them with me.

AlphaWhiskeyDec 12, 2013 10:12 AM

Thank you Joy! :)

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