I am not in London anymore as I start classes tomorrow at University in Northern England. But, I have a few more London posts to catch up on as my blogging as been a bit sparse the past month or so! Sorry about that!
We visited the Imperial War Museum, which I actually really enjoyed. The museum had extensive sections on both World Wars with many artifacts arranged in an easy to follow layout. This was the first museum that our professor told us we could explore on our own and just leave when we were done as long as we spent a reasonable amount of time there. I figured I would be done after an hour, but I ended up staying for about two and a half hours. The Real to Reel exhibit was the highlight of the trip for me. You had to pay an extra fee to get in, but we had some money to use as an educational fund so I was reimbursed for the exhibit. I spent almost an hour just looking through the movie artifacts from Casablanca, Saving Private Ryan, and more. Walking around felt like I was in the Great Movie Ride a little and they even juxtaposed scenes from the Normandy Beach landing on a television screen with the landing scenes in films. The exhibit was also fairly empty, probably because you had to pay extra and it was a weekday.
The next museum was the Science Museum, which I actually had to do a presentation on after the field trip. I visited this museum with my family last summer and this visit was unfortunately not as enjoyable as I had to rush through to see as many exhibits as possible to highlight in my presentation. You could easily spend a couple of hours here though and the museum is very kid-friendly.
I also took a trip to the Disney Store on Oxford Street this week because I stumbled upon it and had to go in of course. I was looking for a London Tsum Tsum but unfortunately the cast member said that New York and Hawaii have them but not London yet. I was very disappointed. I still ending up buying a souvenir though and so did my two friends because you just can’t walk into a Disney Store and leave empty handed. I found out that this is the largest store in Europe, but it is nowhere near as large as Times Square (but just as packed).
The other field trip of the week was to the Bond Vehicle Exhibit in Covent Garden. I went here on a Saturday with a few friends and the exhibit made me really want to watch all of the Bond movies. I will definitely have to start watching one a weekend of something! We saw cars, motorcycles, and random memorabilia from the movies. I saw Q’s ID from Skyfall which was neat but of course the cars were the best part. And they had the movie scenes playing behind the cars, helping visitors to contextualize when the cars made an appearance.
I have one more week in London to recap and then I’ll almost be caught up to the present! Plus hearing about a boring orientation week isn’t too interesting and classes start tomorrow so I have to draw out my exciting travel posts from London, Spain, and Germany!