To those that have been following my posts during my month away," thankyou."
I have appreciated your comments along the way and have enjoyed staying connected with friends and family.
I am now back at home in Melbourne, Australia
It is wonderful to see my two beautiful daughters again, and my little dog, Pepper, who is now sitting at my side as I write this post.
I did not really complete posting about our journey, so even though I am home, I am going to still write a few more travel- type posts to complete the trip.
After writing about the British Museum, I was advised to visit The Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington, London. Which we duly did!
I was so excited to see this wonderful sculptural 'chandelier' by Dale Chihuly in the main entrance atrium of the museum. I have only known about Dale's work for the last 3 or 4 years, and was consequently, thrilled to see one of his pieces in real life.
For those who are not aware of Dale's work, I will endeavour to explain. Dale has worked with glass for the last 50 years. He creates LARGE exhibitions of glass, wonderful sculptural explosions of color and movement. Some of the sculptural pieces and components are almost like flowers, almost like "triffids", all of them are mind blowing, in my personal opinion.
Anyway, it's probably better that I show you, rather than try and explain!
Dale Chihuly glass chandelier.
Fantastic, isn't it!
What is not particularly apparent in these photos is the SIZE. It is 11 metres high!!
I also found out his work is exhibited in over 200 museums world-wide.
We spent only a small amount of time browsing this wonderful museum. Like most good museums, we really needed to spend DAYS there to give it full justice.
I was dragging my feet somewhat, travellers exhaustion, aching back and legs had really set in with me at this stage, so we really did not see a lot of this wonderful museum.
I did however see the glass and jewelry rooms! Well, of course, that's the least I could do!!
Here are a couple of photos from the glass room.
Rod formed pendant and beads from the Eastern Mediterranean.
(a type of evil-eye bead?)
Old glassware, loved the colored embellishments on the side.
(I thought I could try and do something like this on a glass bead.)
I could go on, adding more glass-type photos, but will not bore you any further!
My addiction to glass beads, has, over the years also fuelled my interest in glass in general, hence all the other "glassy" photos.
Well, must away, I have a couple of suitcases worth of unpacking and clothes washing. Groan!
The boring bit!