Sunday, May 13, 2007

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens in West London contains the worlds most comprehensive botanical collection on earth within its 120 hectare grounds.As well as enormous hothouses containing palms,orchids and cacti there are specimen trees,seasonal walks and decorative flowerbeds.Last time I visited in winter the grounds were bare so it was great to revisit in late spring and see trees in leaf,drifts of bluebells and magnolias in bud.

Victoria and Albert Museum

Finally I made a quick whistle stop tour of the V and A Museum which contains collections of decorative art and design.There are over 150 galleries containing such things as Chinese Ceramics,Rodin sculptures,jewellery,glass,metalware and clothes amongst other things.The two and a half hours I spent werent enough and I'll have to revisit it in the future.

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