I'm in London!!! I promise I'll write about Edinburgh soon but I'm a little over-whelmed by the number of pictures I have. For now, I'll show you what I've done in London so far. I arrived on tuesday and will leave tomorrow so that doesn't give me as much time as I'd like to soak up the ambiance but I have stayed in London several times before including one whole summer two years ago. If everything goes well I'll be living here before the end of the year... God I hope so. London is my favorite city in the world.
I'm staying with my friend at his flat on the King's Road in Chelsea. Chelsea has to be the loveliest neighborhood in London, in my opinion. It still retains its village-like feel with the different colored houses and quiet streets (except King's Road and Fulham Road of course). I'm staying right next to the Chelsea Cinema and to my surprise as I emerged from the classic black London taxi I was greeted by another classic: the " Breakfast at Tiffany's
" poster at the cinema. Unfortunately it's playing on Sunday which means I won't be here anymore but it's still wonderful to see that others appreciate this gem of a film as much as I do.
Yesterday I walked to the V&A
museum. It is without a doubt one of the best museums in the world. I headed towards the garden and was pleasantly surprised by an enormous Jeff Koons pink diamond ring. The display reads " A two-metre, mirror-polished stainless steel sculpture in the shape of a cut diamond. A new work never before on public display in the UK, by the world-renowed contemporary artist Jeff Koons. " I love how the different views of the museum and sky are reflected within the cut of the diamond.
The V& A has a fantastic collection, the British Gallery in particular, is astounding. The museum spent a fortune remodeling these rooms and I can say that they are the most interactive and fun galleries I have ever visited.
You can open drawers, listen to music, create your own patterns and print them, touch different fabrics,even try on crinolines! Sooo much FUN. There was also an exhibition of "60's London
" with a mini movie and Mary Quant/ Twiggy galore. It's hard to imagine the King's Road full of punks and Vivienne Westwood look-alikes now but it's interesting to imagine it.
Here are some paper dresses which were all the rage back then, who knew?
There was also an exhibition on "Che Guevara: Revolutionary & Icon
" which I didn't have time to see but maybe I'll swing by there today. It was quite humurous how they posted his face all over the entrance hall and on the pavement right outside the museum.
After my V& A visit I couldn't resist a look at Ladureé
at Harrod's. I had just bought the Marie-Antoinette biography by Lady Antonia Fraser, "Marie-Antoinette: The Journey" which Sofia Coppola based her screenplay on. I decided to sit, read, and have a cup o' tea, and bien sûre, des MACARONS.
I have to admit that I was not too impressed by the London Ladureé.
It was very busy and loud, and a bit tacky even but their macarons are still divine! I ordered the Violet tea and 4 macarons: fruit rouges, citron, pétales des roses, menthe. The only one I wasn't crazy about was the mint, it tasted too much like chewing gum!
On my way back to Chelsea I was confronted by a hint of the Swingin' London
of the past. Yes, it's still there if you look hard enough.