And so to start my holiday.
First port of call is The British Museum. The visit there is worth it just to see the actual building itself ... both the amazing outside and the new build inside, where the payed exhibitions take place ...
It's hard to chose a few favourite pieces to share without bombarding your pages ... but below the cut are a few of my favourite items that I spotted on this visit ...
This satutue is from the 1200's and is a pre-Buddha (believed to be one of his origins)
This is a new acquisition and is Egyptian ... with the gold earing and nose ring (just don't tell Jiffy!)
The Rosetta Stone - famous as an early tool for translation between languages ... dated 196 BC
Glad I never had to ride like this
This is a sepulcher designed by the lady herself not long before she died, aged 50 ... never seen anything quite like that!
This is part of the book of The Revelation (from The Bible) dated AD 200 ... only about 100 years after the original was written
There was a section on Bible weights and measures, linked with specific Bible verses ... these are the 30 pieces of silver ... although a couple are off shot. I do wonder what Harry Dresden would think of his Denarian "enemies" on show like this.
Part of the frieze from around The Parthenon ... how it got to be here I still find amazing.
If you aren't full bored, there are some more photos here
The British Museum website