Monday was a busy day! TH wanted to check out the Royal College of Art and I was tweeting up with a friend for lunch. I accompanied TH to RCA. I visited the school on my first visit and remembered it was a long walk from the tube station. Once TH was settled, I headed toward Borough Market where I was meeting Donna for lunch.
I know Donna via Twitter, and even then, we were introduced through a friend, Nicole (Vancouver), who also introduced me to the social media phenomenon.
I arrived early so I walked around Borough Market. Most of the market stalls were closed but a few of the eateries were serving food. I can only imagine the amazing fresh produce and goods being sold; and the crowds of people who flock to this market to consume and encourage local goods. There were also a couple of restaurants that were located on the other side of the Market that looked interesting.
Donna and I eventually met and we had lunch at a wonderful Spanish restaurant that served tapas, which I will go into more detail about the food and service in a separate post. It was such a delight to meet Donna in person especially after communicating via Twitter. It was a bit surreal to know someone and at the same time not know them but feel comfortable enough as though you’ve known them. Then again, Twitter is a platform where almost everyone expresses themselves without inhibition.
TH and I agreed to meet back at the hotel. And from there we left to spend the afternoon at a few museums. TH had a list of places he wanted to visit.
The Victoria and Albert Museum is a museum of historical design objects. The V&A has a surprisingly interesting collection of work. There was a section of the museum that displayed cast replicas of large-scale architectural elements belonging to historically significant buildings and sculptures. For more information about their cast collection, click here. The V&A never seemed to end; with every turn of the corner, there was a wing of more things to see. The V&A also featured special exhibits which required paid admission. We skipped those exhibits.
We then headed over to the British Museum, which TH was very excited about. The British Museum is enormous and we only saw a small fraction of what the museum offered.
TH wanted to see the famous marbles that once belonged on the Parthenon, also known as the Elgin Marbles (pictures of these will be posted separately). For more information about the Elgin Marbles, click here. The British Museum is also famous for their collection of Egyptian artifacts and mummies, as well as artifacts from other ancient civilizations like Mesopotamia and Persia.
We ended the afternoon at the National Gallery. The highlight of that visit was seeing the initial sketch by Leonardo Da Vinci before he made the final paining, which normally would have been on displayed but was taken down. It was interesting to see where his lines were concentrated, which would imply that he was focused on those areas.
We returned to our hotel where I tweeted up with Lee, another friend I met via Twitter. Again, there was that surreal mix of knowing someone virtually and being comfortable when in person. Although most folks on Twitter use images of themselves, it’s always nice to meet the physical personality who you know only from what they say in 140 characters or less.
It was a great pleasure having met Donna, @donna_de and Lee, @LStacey. Both very interesting people to start with and even more so after getting to know them in person. And if you’re on Twitter, you should also follow their tweets.
For more information about the Victoria and Albert Museum, click here.
For more information about the The British Museum, click here.
For more information about The National Gallery of Art, click here.