Yesterday we visited the Victoria and Albert Museum. Unlike 2011, this time we saw a bit more than paintings. However, the Turner and Constable paintings took a great deal of time. Of particular interest are the 90 Constable “sketches” that are mostly oils on paper. Wow! We took in a short concert by the Choir With No Name, a choir of homeless people. They gave us inspirational contemporary music with great gusto. While Jean finished her tour I went to the garden for coffee (yes, I’ve taken up the habit) and did some sketching. A couple of wonderful British ladies joined me for a chat and then Jean came down. We had a lovely visit, but I seem to have forgot to write down their names. If you are reading this out in Kent, please let us know. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
Today we returned once more to the National Gallery. Jean went up into the rooms to sketch and I sat in the coffee shop to sketch. Unfortunately, people just don’t stay put long enough to do more than quick gestures. It was fun. We also saw a wonderful mime on the square. Then we took a walk down to Embankment, a beautiful little park along the Thames, and on to our tube.
Dinner tonight at Bella Italia, which has become our London go-to place. Good food, reasonable prices, and friendly staff. Tomorrow we’re off to Amsterdam.
To digest 90 sketches by Constable is certainly something that requires time to contemplate and to digest. I am delighted that you could do that and the many other things that you seem to have been able to back in that one day.
THis is also to wish you a pleasant trip to the Netherlands.