We flew into London at 5am on Sunday the 22nd of September, travel weary but full of anticipation. So after a bath and a quick power nap we were off down the road to the Earls Court underground station, about five minutes walk away. I know the Aussies reading this are asking why a bath and not a shower? Well! When in London…..! Besides we don’t have a bath in our current abode so it was a treat.
Everything in London is easy to access. We caught the tube to South Kensington (two stations away) and went straight to the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) via underground walkways. Normally I am not a Museum person but this place is an amazing treasure trove of historical artefacts. The exhibits were incredible; I don’t have enough superlatives in my vocabulary to describe them. One such item was the plaster cast of Emperor Trajan’s Column in the Architectural Court. The original marble column was erected in Rome during the first century AD to celebrate Trajan’s victory over the Dacian’s, (modern Romania). The column is over 38 metres high so the plaster cast (produced in 1864) was assembled in two pieces to fit under the glass roof of the V&A. We had to sit down to see the top properly and take it all in.
You can just see the second column in the photo and gauge the height by noting how small Yvette seems at the base. Can you imagine how those Romans felt when they saw this mighty edifice with its hundreds of carvings so long ago? You may never get to Rome to see the column or to London to the V&A but I was so impressed I thought I’d share it with you.