Spent the large majority of the day at the Victoria and Albert Museum (faaaaabulous) but eventually Nikki and I wandered around the area enough to window shop at Harrods. We didn’t actually go inside, mostly because I’d almost had a panic attack at the Natural History Museum 20 minutes previous. (Who knew I didn’t like dark rooms and small pathways in a total crush of people? Well, now I know.) But! Both Nikki and I fell madly in lurve with this colorful, playful, and exotic display of the mermaid scene during Peter Pan. When, apparently, she offers him some Chanel to keep him under the water. Huh.
😀 A good day! I love museums. I’d like shopping more if the things I wanted weren’t over 50 pounds.
Happy Christmas Eve, fools! Today we started at Notting Hill (got a Peppermint Mocha at Starbucks. Deliiiiicious!), wandered through a street of houses for ambassadors, strolled through Kensington Garden Park and played with a giant convex mirror. But not finished! Next stop: Buckingham Palace and St. James’ Park, finishing off at the House of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. All fabulous. Today I actually said “Wowza.” And not even ironically.
The above photo is in St. James’ Park, right across from Buckingham Palace. The birds are adorable if a little too comfortable around people (and the bread they sometimes bring). But more fabulous is the building you can sort-of make out in the background. Dozens of minaret-esque spires of varying levels. Gorgeous.
Paris is amazing. Fabulous. Unlike any other city I’ve ever been to. (Makes a great deal of sense, considering I have really only traveled abroad in Asia.) Wherever you look, there are fantastic old buildings butting right up against each other, even though they were built at different times. There’s history on every street. Different languages dance through the air. During Christmas, you can grab a cup of vin chaud (mulled wine) and a baguette sandwich. The streets are relatively clean, and the architecture is fabulous.
We spent the afternoon at Notre Dame and walked from there to L’Arc de Triomphe, about two kilometers away. This gorgeous stained glass is clearly Notre Dame.
I gotta say, things like Notre Dame totally make me understand why people are Christian. There is something otherworldly about the atmosphere in the church, even though it’s filled to the brim with tourists, or the occasional flash that disturbs the low-light. The ceiling towers in intricate arches overhead with carefully laid bricks adding to the decoration. And then, of course, there are the windows. Color in a grey world. Totally fabulous. At one point, I turned to Nikki and said, “You know how in books, people’s jaws drop when they’re shocked? Yeah, my jaw? It dropped. And I can’t seem to keep it shut.”
Sometimes in tourism, reputations are well deserved.
Even though I can barely afford it, for the weekend, TANK, Nat-chan, J-Fresh and I went to Fukuoka to watch Harry Potter (amongst other things). Catching the ferry out, I got to see this loverly sunset. Aw, it’s like the sky wanted to say, “I can do magic toooooooooo.”
PS Harry Potter 7-1 = LOVE.
Unlike last year, there’s some pretty rockin’ Autumn foliage happening on Iki right now. (Last year, we went from super green to, uhm, green. The island’s weather is too mild for the trees to all shed their leaves.) I thought it would make an appropriate photo for American Thanksgiving. THANKSGIVING I MISS YOU. I want to make more pumpkin pie.
The TANK and I had a fan dancing performance the day after Iki Thanksgiving, so at 8:30am, I dragged my ass out of my futon to get to our hair, make-up, and kimono-ifying appointment before we danced at 12:00. We danced to 愛しき日々 (<—clickable, but not us dancing), and though we’re still clearly new at this, I think we did okay. And it’s always fun to wear kimono.
Went to Daiei to pick up the sage (amongst other things) and decided to check out the “port” for a photo opportunity. I spotted this really old boat–ferry?–just hanging out next to the ferry port parking lot. It’s amazingly cool The top part of the boat is covered with shells and other sea life, as if that part of the ferry was submerged, yet the rest of it is pretty clean. I kinda wanna sneak on it and take photos, but I have a feeling that might be dangerous. Maybe with someone else there to call an ambulance in case things go wrong. 😀