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V & A - More wonders

Date: 22nd February 2016

On my visit last week I discovered more wonders which I'd never seen before.  You simply cannot do the V & A in a day!

I'd never visited the Cast Galleries - casts of many of the Historic/Architectural wonders of the world which one might not otherwise have a chance to visit.

One thing did puzzle me.  There are casts of the tombs of Henry 11, his son Richard 1 and Isabella of Angouleme (second wife of King John) but not one of Eleanor of Aquitaine.  I visited Fontevraud many years ago long before its renovation was completed.  Eleanor of Aquitaine is one of my heroines and I remember seeing the four  tombs  in the Chapel.  The actual remains were destroyed during the French Revolution so there is nothing left except the tomb tops. So why she has been left out is a mystery.  

To my surprise the image I took away with me was that of a magnificent French Mediaeval Spiral staircase which would have reached right up through the original house - some house! The Central pillar has some fascinating carvings and one was, I'm sure, a Green Man. 

I shall be revisiting the V & A more frequently and I must see again  the Al-Thani Bejewelled Treasures Exhibition before it is dismantled on 10th April.  Photography is not permitted  but I did buy the Book which accompanies the Exhibition and it is a superbly breathtaking reminder of a fabulous show.

My photo simply cannot do justice to this magnificent piece of work

V & A - More wonders

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