Nikki and I spent most of the afternoon wandering through the myriad of alleyways and shops that make up the Camden Market, a street-based market that started in the 70s and has gotten even greater and sprawling ever since. (Found a fabulous OWL WATCH NECKLACE that is very steampunk-y and something I’ve wanted ever since The Soozinater (<–clickable) showed me this Etsy site (<—clickable).) There were a lot of things I might have bought if I had an endless supply of money, but as I don’t, I only got the watch and something for my sissy.
We went to the British Museum.
So we only had about an hour-and-a-half because we spent so much time at the Camden Markets, but we did a quick breeze-through of some of the Egyptian, Grecian, and Assyrian exhibits, commenting ironically about the “benefits” of imperialism. Regardless! Everything was fascinating. The above photo is of a remade monument to nereids, greek goddesses and nymphs of the sea. The carving of the female statues purposely mimics soaked clothing, almost transparent. Really cool.
It all made me sad-faced that I don’t remember as much from my European history classes. From high school. ANYWAY. Nikki and I plan on going back tomorrow to see more. That cool, despite the hordes of tourists. (Have I mentioned that British museums are free? The British Museum is no exception.)
- The summer, it is hot. Well, exempting Hokkaido, everywhere in the summer is hot. But Kyoto is also quite hot. And humid.
- There are mosquitoes.
- The tourists are legion. It’s hot. It’s humid. It’s full of mosquitoes. Yet there are still thousands upon thousands of foreign and Japanese tourists. I feel like the counter for tourists should be “horde” as in a “horde of tourists” a la a “horde of zombies.”
The photo above was taken at the Kyoto Imperial Palace. There are only two English tours offered each day (Monday through Friday), which means that there’s a big clomp of tourists that stagger their way through the one kilometer tour. The buildings were very simple–for a rich person’s house, I guess. In fact, the paintings and style at Nijo Palace, the historical palace for the Shogun outside of Edo (Tokyo), were much more intricate and expensive. According to our tour guide, this was because the Shogun really did just have that much more money and power than the Emperor. For then, as now, the Emperor and his family was more of a figurehead.
The whole time I was there, though, this was my thought: “I MISS MY 10-22mm LENS. WHY DID IT HAVE TO BREAK?! WHYYYYYYYY???”