Victoria and Albert museum

The Victoria and Albert museum in London is an Art and Design museum and is one of the prettiest that I have ever seen. I discovered it quite by chance and have been returning to it ever since. Even so, I have not spent as much time as I wanted to here. I look forward to the day when I can come here on my own and explore whatever I want and as much as I want.

Wandered into the Italian room and found this flawless piece. Trust the Italians to come up with something so beautiful.



The courtyard has, what can only be termed as a huge splash-pool, free for children to splash in, in summer.


Isn’t this just beautiful? This is the reception area of the museum containing and the first time that I saw it, I fell in love.



Young people sitting on the floor and sketching the sculptures.


The famed Maratha ruler Shivaji’s wagh nakha – tiger claws – or as the museum calls them – wagnucks. No one knows whether these are the original ones.


An example of one of the themes used in Mughal architecture.


And because I was feeling a little masochistic, I wandered into the Nehru gallery, displaying the treaures of India (read looted during the Raj). That is the ring of Shah Jahan that you can see in the middle and a crystal bowl used during the Shah Jahan period.