Weeks and weekends have become a bit blurred in this beautiful city. The museum visits all mush together, the markets supply different things and the only thing separating my weeks are the day trips out of the city. There are so many wonderful things to see and it feels as though there’s such little time to do it. Everything I’ve done so far has been completely worth it and has made me wish I’d come to London much earlier in my life.
On Friday, I visited the Mary Quant exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Quant was a fashion legend in the 60s, making huge changes in both London and the US. She was heavily associated with Twiggy and the miniskirt. I entered the museum as soon as it opened and was the only person in the exhibit for some time. My advice to you for museum/exhibit viewing: always get there when it opens because no one likes to do things early. The exhibit showcased stylish dresses that made me feel unfashionable in my Levi’s tee shirt and jeans, and great quotes from Quant during her time in the industry. One of my favorites came from a video about her views on fashion. She said,
” I think the points of clothes for women is one, that you are noticed, two that you look sexy, and three that you feel good.”
That quote made me think of the way we shop today. I love trends and following them, but sometimes clothes just don’t work. Quant revolutionized the way that we think about fashion and finding clothing that makes us feel good instead of “what women are supposed to wear.” So, if you’re in London anytime soon, I really recommend stopping into the V&A to check that out.
Stonehenge was the next big thing to see. Being one of the Seven Wonders of the World, it’s a pretty cool thing to see if you’re in the UK. To hear the theories about how and why it was constructed really makes you think about what life was like before all of this hustling and bustling was going on.
Some people think aliens built Stonehenge. I do believe in aliens; however, I think to say that people didn’t build Stonehenge discredits the power that humans have. Lots of impressive architecture and art was constructed by people throughout history, so who’s to say that people weren’t able to construct this? I believe it was built to worship whatever God(s) they believed in. I believe that theory most because, again, throughout history, people have been willing to construct some pretty impressive stuff to worship their Gods. Either way, to think that those rocks have been there and standing for so long is insane.
From Stonehenge, we went to Bath. Bath is a city that’s home to a beautiful Roman bathhouse and even more beautiful architecture. It looks as if someone took Paris and Italy and mashed them together. Tiny streets and crowded buildings make walking through more than magical.
To walk through the bathhouses is to walk through history. Bath is on a natural hot spring, so the water that comes up into the bath is steaming and full of minerals. It was said, and is still believed, to have healing properties. The Romans built a beautiful house on top of it, and the spring attracted many other groups throughout history. The attraction of other groups helped develop Bath into a city that would one day house Jane Austen and become a favorite of Charles Dickens. Aside from the old Roman bath, there’s a spa inside the bathhouse and an opportunity for you to drink some of the warm spring water when you’re exiting. The water was just okay, but who knows, maybe I’ll live a few extra years now.
The city is full of great food and really good shopping. The most breathtaking part comes from walking along the water and watching people take boat tours or picnic in the park. Everyone in Bath seems to be happy, for obvious reasons. You can walk by old men painting landscapes of the scene and beautiful women enjoying ice cream while they watch the water.
If you ever make it to Bath, know that you’re going to be taking lots of photos and take the advice of Quant while you’re there, “A fashionable woman wears clothes. The clothes don’t wear her.”