27 June 2014
I bring only the essentials to the V&A: my camera and water. Since admission is free, I make my donation upon entry. Most of my time is spent admiring works by J.M.W. Turner, John Constable, Edwin Henry Landseer and Richard Redgrave. I imagine myself in a Pierre Balmain 50s dress attending a celebration in the Norfolk House Music Room. I am drawn into the sparkle of the jewelry in rooms 91-93. I am pulled onto the stage of Shakespeare in room 104 and to the table for tea in room 52b. I take in the sun's rays in the John Madejski Garden and make a long mental shopping list while browsing in the bookstore. Then I exit onto Cromwell Road and head west in the direction of lunch.