Self loves London. Absolutely loves, loves, loves. If she were to spend her last farthing, she’d want to do it in this city.
It’s not the most beautiful (although there’s plenty of beauty around). It’s not even the most affable. It rains a lot. But it has a hold on her heart (all the more so now because — hello, Victorian Steampunk! The London Institute of the Clave! Shadowhunters! The Infernal Devices! Will Herondale!)
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is OFF-SEASON.
OFF-SEASON as in: Umbrellas in winter? Balaclavas in July?
The Hunger Games has been very much on self’s mind.
Why? Because yesterday, in Cambridge, friend Dodo told self that another former classmate had visited Cambridge, and she and Dodo had gone to the Harry Potter museum just outside London.
And self wondered when that much-ballyhooed Hunger Games theme park was ever going to open?
Anyhoo, today self went across London to the Victoria and Albert Museum. It was crowded, of course, but not off-putting.
Self decided to go see the WHAT IS LUXURY exhibit.
The exhibit includes a fabulous artwork made out of real dandelion seeds, embedded with LED lights to make a chandelier.
Self associates dandelions with The Hunger Games because of Peeta Mellark (one of her all-time favorite literary characters). Katniss, for those who are completely out of the zeitgeist, ends up with Peeta in the end because he is her “dandelion in the spring.”
And, hello, it is summer. Or, anyway, past the season for dandelions.
So here’s a shot of a fabulous chandelier at the Victoria and Albert:
At the Victoria and Albert Museum: Real dandelion seeds were harvested before opening into “clocks” and then were individually applied to LED lights to make this chandelier.
In keeping with the rather soggy weather, here’s the London Eye ferris wheel. Ferris wheels symbolize summer (at least they do for self), but because of London’s grey skies, the symbolism today (Self took this picture while meandering across the Waterloo Bridge) felt rather muted. So, here’s a most somber-looking ferris wheel:
The London Eye Viewed from Waterloo Bridge
Anyhoo, yesterday in Cambridge, it was rainy. Dodo took self on a punt ride on the river Cam. It was so wet that we had to bring umbrellas and hide under blankets. Self even had to buy a raincoat for the occasion. Here’s a shot of the inside of our punt. A great time was had by all:
Dodo (who lives in Cambridge) and Self in a Punt! On a Rainy Afternoon in Cambridge, UK.
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.