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London Calling...

Just a few pics from my trip to London last week. I had a great time; I got there at about noon on Friday and spent the afternoon in the British Museum. I stayed overnight and then set off on Saturday toward Covent Garden for a look around, walking around Picadilly Circus and Leicester Square and going down as far as Waterloo Bridge before heading to the Natural History Museum for the afternoon.



I had a walk around the Darwin Centre while at the Natural History Museum, looking at the weird things in jars- it’s odd, but the stuffed animals in the NHM give me the creeps, but give me those same things either as skeletons or in a jar of preservative liquid and it somehow becomes cool.

Favourite bits? I did love the Egypt exhibition in the British Museum; the huge carved cat that stands near the entrance to it is brilliant. Some of the precious stones and minerals in the NHM are gorgeous- crystals, diamonds, opals, seams of gold still in the rock and even a piece of Mars rock. And of course, the dinosaur and the mammoth skeletons.

And this time, I actually remembered to take pictures! These are all from either the Natural History Museum or the British Museum. There is absolutely no pattern to what I take photos of, however- it’s just things I think are cool as I’m wandering about. Half of the time, I’ve forgotten what they were called or when/where they were from by the time I’ve moved onto the next shiny thing. Usually, that is the nearest sword, dagger or piece of jewellery as that’s what I gravitate towards even when I’m not really intending to.


(just click on any of them for a larger version)


From the Egypt exhibition...


The huge stone cat from the entrance.







The giant scarab beetle...


Things I thought were pretty...


Roman swords!


I love this one. Thre's another a bit further along, too.


These are little bronze statues (Roman, I think). Cerberus, the three headed
dog that guards the gates of the underworld.


A snake


And a pair of scorpians.


This, I just thought was pretty. The detail on it is lovely.


Little scent/oil jars (hedgehog, and a lion)


The Easter Island statue
(I think I've seen Night at the Museum too many times as
I always picture the one in that film saying "Dum Dum")


These are tiny, detailed pendants, probably used as amulets


More pretty swords and daggers.


If I ever find a replica of this I want one for my sword collection!

And then the dinosaurs!


And the mammoth!



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freddiejoey
Jun. 27th, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
These are brilliant pictures.

Thanks for sharing.
ebonyfeather
Jun. 27th, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I could have taken loads more- there were so many cool things to look at!
lukadreaming
Jun. 27th, 2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
These are fab! I adore the British Museum ...
ebonyfeather
Jun. 27th, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
I'd never been there before, or the NHM- it was fab! So many pretty/intriguing/shiny/dangerous things to look at that I could have spent twice as long wandering about.
nietie
Jun. 28th, 2012 10:31 am (UTC)
Great piccies.
I love the British Museum and the NHM. Like you, I love to wander around at random and go from one shiny thing to another.
But I'm always hugely attracted by the Egypt exhibition.
ebonyfeather
Jun. 28th, 2012 09:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I did love the Egypt artefacts- the detail on the black stone sarcophagus is brilliant, and I love those two little Hawk statues- and all lovely shiny/dangerous things.
fififolle
Jun. 29th, 2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
Sorry I'm late! I kept meaning to come back. I came across my NHM drabble http://fififolle.livejournal.com/76734.html and remembered!!!!

These are awesome! I don't remember looking at the Roman swords before, I'll have to take a good look next time I'm there. I doubt we'll get a chance next week, boo.

Thanks! I do love London.
ebonyfeather
Jul. 1st, 2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
I found the swords almost immediately but then I do tend to gravitate toward the weapons first in whichever exhibit I go in.

I did have a fab time just wandering around, being able to look at everything in my own time.
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