Posts filed under "museums"

To A Tea: The V&A


I love the V&A.

Pretty much everything about it...

The architecture.

The pieces inside.

The fact that Victoria & Albert created it 
to be a museum for the working class
and made it accessible to them by keeping it open late
(and, controversially, by candlelight)
so people could come after working hours.

I love the sitting area outside in the courtyard.

{And, of course, I love the fact that it is free to visit.}

BUT I REALLY LOVE THEIR CAFE.




I mean, honestly...
how gorgeous is this place?







It's one of my favorite places to meet up.

Not only is the food great
and the setting amazing,

but I like to do a quick run through the museum
to learn one new thing every time I'm there.

I kinda feel like it's a waste if I'm in a place
that is so amazing 
and don't even see the exhibits.

{Then again, I'm a bit of a dork.}

When Megan was in town 
on her bon voyage tour,
we went for a girls day.

It was wonderful.

I ate a lot.






I'm going to call it "emotional eating" because Megan was leaving...
but it might also have been because those scones were awesome.




However you want to call it.

Either way,
the V&A rocks.

A few things to know:

The V&A doesn't do giant tea trays of small sandwiches & treats.
Instead, they have serving lines of hot food, cold food, baked goods & drinks.
It's, basically, the most gorgeous cafeteria you've ever eaten it...
and with some of the best/freshest food, too.

Get more information on opening times & location
here on the Victoria & Albert website.

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Not your cup of tea?

Check out some of my other favorite spots for tea in London here.





*all images original to Aspiring Kennedy

Posted on July 17, 2013 and filed under "London", "hot tea", "museums", "tea time".

From the Windows to the Walls...


Till the drool runs down my jaw.

{I'll let your imagination take it from there.}

We went to the Musee Carnavalet today.
It's a museum I'd only heard of in passing,
but knew it focused on the history of Paris
& knew it was something I "had to see."

Both of those statements were completely true.

It does focus on the past centuries of Parisian history,
and it was an amazing day.

What I loved most?

Even more than the objects on display...
and the ornately restored, period apartments sat within the museum?

The mansion the museum is in itself.

Everything about it the Carnavalet house was perfect....

from the {geometric and colorful glass} windows





to the {silk-covered & brightly paneled} walls.










And the gallery of art from the Belle Epoque?




Well that just broke my heart.

Want to visit the Musee Carnavalet?

Here's a few things to know:

It's in Le Marais, it's closed Mondays,
it's free for entrance into the permanent section (which is huge!),
& helpful audioguides are €5.00.


Oh... and one more thing to know,

I'll never miss an opportunity to have a cute kissing picture.



My poor sweet husband.



*all images original to Aspiring Kennedy
Posted on February 29, 2012 and filed under "France", "Paris", "museums", "travel tips", "travel".

Tea With The Queen


How many times have Americans joked
about going to Buckingham Palace for 
tea with the Queen?

I mean, personally, I've heard it 
at least 100 times 
since we moved to England.

The worldwide total would be a number 
that rivaled the number of girls (and their mothers)
who dream of winning Prince Harry's heart.

Seriously though,
it's a silly statement 
because 
-obviously-
the notion of having tea
at Buckingham Palace is simply ludicrous.

Except for the fact, 
you actually can have tea at Buckingham Palace.

{Who knew?}



While the Queen is away for the late summer 
exploring her castles in Scotland,
Buckingham Palace opens to the public
for a 1.5 hour tour of the state rooms.

Apparently, visiting the palace 
must be a well-kept secret 
within the English geriatric community...

as 90% of the guests were females over 75.

{I suppose a girl's dreams of being a princess are timeless.}




This summer, the Duchess of Cambridge's dress was on display.

I got to see it even closer up than 
from my abbey-side perch 

It was displayed in the Ball Room
that the wedding reception was held in,
and designer, Sarah Burton,
was featured on video 
discussing the design features
 of Kate's iconic dress.

Most of us have been to the White House or a castle on a trip at some point,
but I have to say-
no home I have ever seen
begins to rival the opulence of Buckingham Palace.

That place is no joke.

{Though no pictures are allowed inside so you'll just have to trust me.}

Bravo, England.

Not only do you let a commoner marry into the Royal Family,
but you let schleppy folk like myself
tour your home
and have tea on your back porch.


the cafe overlooking the garden. too gorgeous to explain.

we had to break the rule, and order a mid-day cappucino.... just for the crown.



Made me feel right at home...
in fact, 
I could get used to living in a place like that.




The other great thing 
was the gift shop in her backyard.

Basically,
the nicest yard sale...
 ever.



Seriously, look at the crowd here. It could rival an Alaskan cruise.


The store offers some really great merchandise:
china, lotions, soaps, towels, ornaments & chocolates.

I bought myself really posh
 (but disappointingly unused by HRH)
shower cap.

{I'm not kidding.}

The walk out the to the back gate
felt like a stroll through Central Park.







Pinkies up!




If you are looking for a place 
that almost feels as fancy & nice as Buckingham,
head to my friend, Debby's blog
and check out my feature for fall!


Debby's blog is great,
and I highly recommend it for your daily blog reads!

For more information on taking your own tour of Buckingham Palace,
check here for openings & dates when the palace is open to the public.

Pre-ordering your tickets is recommended and simple.



Posted on September 27, 2011 and filed under "England", "London", "museums", "travel tips".