One thing I plan to do this year is be a tourist in London! I have been living in London for nearly 5 years now but there is so little of it I have seen. Funny that we take things for granted as it’s so easy to access, so I thought I would take full advantage of living in the capital. My partner is a proper “Landener” (pronounce it with the accent), and he thought it would also be fun to revisit some places he hasn’t been for years or go to places that he has never been before.
We have been talking about this for a while and finally we are doing it! I suspect our holiday in Taiwan back in March, doing lots of touristy things, has motivated us to get out and about in London.
We drove past this amazing building one night and I was told it was the Natural History Museum. Then I kept seeing the posters in the tube station about the Sensational Butterfly exhibition, somehow, it made the decision of where to start our London adventure a lot easier, the Natural History Museum here we come!
I have never seen so many butterflies, and they seemed to love the coat Iwas wearing that day so lots of them stopped by to say hi. It was also very exciting to see a butterfly come out of its chrysalis and dry its wings and we saw moths so big that they were larger than both of my palms put together.
The Natural History Museum is a great place to learn about all the gemstones too. I will definitely go back there with my notepad to take some notes soon for sure. I don’t use many gemstones in the jewellery I make but it’s so interesting to know their properties and their meanings. The gift shop sold lots of stones so I just had to get some; 2 bracelets, one using Carnelians and one with lots of Rose Quartz and a rough uncut, unpolished Rose Quartz stone! There were so many nice stones there though that I want them all!
Although I was only there for some tea, chocolate cake and the gift shop (joking!), we had a really fun day out with butterflies, gemstones, dinosaurs and drooling over a massive 2982 carats of Topaz, I think it would make a really cool paper weight!