June 21, 2008

Vibha in London

Our niece Vibha visited us in London. As soon as she arrived in London from Paris by Eurostar, she left her luggage at the station and saw the Ramayana exhibit at the British Library.

Vibha then dropped off her luggage at home and we went to Kew Gardens. We started at the Rhizotron and Xstrata Treetop Walkway, where we got an unusually high (60 foot) perspective of the gardens. Vibha also climbed up the spiral staircase in Temperate House (glass conservatory). We took a quick tour through the Marianne North (soon to be refurbished) and Shirley Sherwood Botanical (newly opened) galleries. We did not have time to go inside Kew Palace.

The next day we went to the Museum of Immigration in Spitalfields. We took a brief detour down Petticoat Lane and Spitalfields Market, where we were persuaded by some Benefit Cosmetics auditioners to try some products. After a tour through the Museum of Immigration, which is only open to the general public a few weeks each year, we grabbed lunch at Spitalfields Market.

We spent the afternoon admiring the 3500 or so jewels at the William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Above is an orchid hairpin ornament (from the V&A website).

The next morning, Vibha flew home from Heathrow.

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