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I arrived in London yesterday for a couple of bonus days before work stuff starts later this week. I had some time to explore so I figured I’d share it with you.

I arrived around 11am and after dropping my bags at my hotel near Paddington Station (they are so strict about check-in times here), I took the underground to the Victoria & Albert Museum. Having just watched Season 1 of Victoria on Masterpiece and seeing the movie Victoria and Abdul, I was definitely in the mood for some royalty. The museum, which boasts over 4.5 million objects, includes this amazing ceramic tiled fireplace from Istanbul, circa 1731. 

There were so many amazing jewels, furniture, and silver and gold ornaments of every shape and size. This massive silver wine chiller was large enough to be a bathtub. I literally couldn’t get my arms to span wide enough to match it. So much opulence! 

After wandering about the museum for a couple of hours I was starting to feel the effects of not having much sleep the night before on the place ride over the pond. I took the train back to my hotel’s neighborhood and found a fish & chips shop. They actually had a reasonable portion for a good price, so I had dinner at Micky’s Fish and Chips.

After dinner, I headed back to my hotel. I managed to stay awake until 8:30pm, fell asleep, and woke up at midnight. Oh well, there’s always tomorrow!

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