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From My Holiday – The British Museum (and, a little about The British Library)

The day after my adventure in the rain, I made a trip to The British Library, which wasn’t so much a trip as a stroll across the road, as my hotel was basically right next door to the Library. I’m nothing if not an efficient planner of accommodation in relation to tourist spots. The Magna Carta exhibition was on while I was there, which was to celebrate 800 years since the Magna Carta was first agreed on June 15, 1215 (which just so happens to be my birthday) (the June 15 part, not 1215, in case you thought I was a vampire or something). It was an amazing exhibition to see, which included two of the four original Magna Carta documents, as well as Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence and one of the original copies of the US Bill of Rights. How many times do you get to see all of those things together? Apparently once in a lifetime according to all the signage. But though that exhibition may now be over, I can still …

From My Holiday – Getting Caught In the Rain and Visiting Shakespeare’s Globe

My first full day in London was probably my favourite whole day in the entire trip. I’d been to the Charles Dickens Museum that morning (my post about it) and after stepping out of there I was met with a drizzle of rain, which I expected and was prepared for because it’s London and that’s what happens in London. I was heading to the Imperial War Museum, which was about a 30 minute walk away. That 30 minute walk was turned into a roughly 45 minute walk by the torrential downpour I got caught in and which I had to take shelter from more than once. But even though the rain made it very difficult to navigate in a foreign city, it was just the best. Here are some photos I took on my walk, the mostly grey one is the view as I walked across the Thames: The rain had eased up by the time I reached the War Museum. I won’t be doing a full post on this as I didn’t really get …

From My Holiday – The Charles Dickens Museum

After my final wander through Paris, I hopped on the Eurostar and set out for London. The Eurostar was so great. The trip lasted for a little over 2 hours, the majority of which was spent travelling through the French countryside. As I was holidaying on my own, I thought I’d splash out and buy a standard premier seat (which is the next level up from the cheapest seats). In these cars you have your meal brought to you and there are sockets for charging your electronic bits and pieces (if you desperately need to). The meal I got was pretty great – it was a selection of cheeses with an onion relish, a bread roll, a passionfruit tart, and a little bottle of wine. And then another little bottle of wine. The time really did fly, even that spent in the darkness of the Channel Tunnel. When I arrived in London it was surprisingly warm. Luckily my hotel was just around the corner from the St Pancras International train station, but after walking 5 minutes …

From My Holiday: Visiting the Musée de Cluny

After wandering around the Musée d’Orsay for a couple of hours, Nat and I hopped on a bus and headed down Boulevard Saint-Germain to the the Musée de Cluny. This is one place I was really excited to visit, as it’s all medieval stuff. It’s also one of the few museums in Paris that Nat hadn’t been to so it was great to see it for the first time with her. This place was a proper looking castle and is formed by two buildings – the Thermes Gallo-Roman baths that were built at the end of the 1st century (yes, 1st CENTURY) and the Hôtel des Abbés de Cluny that was built at the end of the 15th century. The jewel in the crown of this collection is the series of six tapestries known as ‘The Lady and the Unicorn’. You probably think you haven’t seen it before, but it’s one of things that you’ve probably seen or read about without even realising. It was really amazing to see the tapestries and they are just as beautiful in real life as in pictures. …