Literary Map of England

Literary Map of England


Wednesday, June 29th was the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul so we chose to head into London, visit the Brompton Oratory’s church and then head next door to the Victoria and Albert Museum (aka, the V&A)

This was a “flying visit” … one which gave us amazing memories and wanting more (a desire fulfilled our last full day in the Capital City).

We took time to pray prayers for various important intentions entrusted to us at the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, a 19th-century Roman Catholic Church (1884) built next door to the Brompton Oratory and run by Oratorians (a group of religious men who follow the rule set down by St. Philip Neri in the late 1500s). Blessed John Henry Newman sent the founders to establish this Oratory and Church back in 1849; until Westminster Cathedral was built in 1903, this Church was THE Catholic Church in London.

Forgoing lunch, we decided to head directly to the V&A after our visit to Church.

And were we happy we did!

We spent a lovely almost-three hours exploring this museum dedicated to art and design and human creative endeavors. Here are just a few of the items we found on this first visit:

A cast of Trajan's Column

A cast of Trajan’s Column made in 1864 … see this article for more info about this amazing piece


KNITTED jewelry in the Jewelry Exhibit hall ... done in fine real silver thread

KNITTED jewelry in the Jewelry Exhibit hall … done in fine, real silver, thread


An exhibit all about Beatrix Potter (one of our favorites!) and a "ghost - illustrator" she tried out, Ernest Aris

An exhibit all about Beatrix Potter (one of our favorites!) and a “ghost – illustrator” she tried out, Ernest Aris


Ringo Starrs iconic jacket from the early days of the Beatles in an exhibit about theater and design and costuming.

Ringo Starrs iconic jacket from the early days of the Beatles in an exhibit about theater and design and costuming.

We had to catch our train, so headed back to Paddington thru Kensington Gardens, after grabbing a quick shot of Maggie with the status marking the entry to Kensington Palace, one of her favoritest places in London!

Maggie with the entry to Kensington Palace off in the distance ...

Maggie with the entry to Kensington Palace off in the distance …


Tomorrow – Day 11 and another trip to London with LOTS of fun spots visited


Enjoy!

Enjoy!

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