Lucy, I'm reading a book called Period Piece by Gwen Raverat. Do you know it? I visit Cambridge every October, and I always pass the house that GR (granddaughter of Charles Darwin) grew up in. Well, she mentions Fitzwilliam several times and I keep wondering why I've never visited? At least I'm getting in the door, here. I wonder if birds ever look in that cupola and gaze down at the tourists and scholars?
Hello Lucy. Nice pictures. It is Foto week here in Washington DC and there are exhibits all over town. Really falling for many of the images. Jackiehttp://josieandpeter.blogspot.com/
I think I might need to add that to my list of places to go. Those pictures are amazing.
Amazing, indeed! Is Fitzwilliam a museum or . . . ???
Good Lord. Grand indeed.
The sort of place I'd be ejected from for humming, perhaps even singing, "He was despised".
Thanks again.The Fitzwilliam is a very fine museum in Cambridge, I'll put a link in to their website. It's something like a mini British Museum and Gallery rolled into one, with a lot of pictures and other things which are quite iconic and which you've seen before in reproduction, on cards and in books etc. We went to an exhibition of Persian manuscripts. At first they seemed small and unapproachable, difficult to get a handle on, then as you looked at them they became more intriguing, and we started to recognise the same stories and motifs in different forms, and a lot of amazing detail. We then partook of a plate of Persian vegetarian delicacies, aubergines and lemony hummus and warm garlic flatbread, which were delicious. I also saw the Samuel Palmers, which were small things on paper kept under cover, but worth seeing anyway, and a few more things besides (including the grumpiest rudest museum attendant ever), but sadly not Glenn's jade buffalo, which I learned about too late.BB - spot-on!
Wow. We do not really have anything like this in Memphis! Thanks for the peek!
I also thank you for the look inside at the grandeur. Rudest museum attendant -- now that'd be something to see. I think that job would drive anyone around the twist even if they started off normal.
Oh good, you did get to the Fitzwilliam t'other week...(Note to potential visitors; if asking directions, specify the Fitzwilliam Museum; just saying "Fitzwilliam" may get you sent to a modern college at the other end of the town.)The lobby is kind of amazing, isn't it?
H'lo Bro, nice to see you here! How was Seville? We had a lovely day in Cambridge, much nicer than trying to trail up to London in such a short time. We kept getting distracted by nice shops and market and things, but still did the museum and the exhibition justice.
Seville was great, as was Granada. I've just got around to completing my blog post on the subject.Cambridge has a lot packed in. If you make it there again when we're around, we'll give you a bit more of the standard tour. Or the non-standard tour, if you want to see the leech stick, though sadly they don't let the public in to see Christopher Marlowe or the radioactive fingerprints.
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