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Time Travel with the British Museum

Flights across the pond might only be about a hundred dollars, but virtual tours of the United Kingdom are free. Here are some fantastic tours from London and all around Briton, including some personal favorites. Now with intermittent food pairing choices! We’ll get through this.

 

The British Museum

Walk the halls, study the exhibits, and generally immerse yourself in one of London’s finest museums. Their fantastic scones? You’ll have to make your own. Plus, the entire Asian wing won’t be closed every time you go. I’m not bitter. Plan ahead for this one, because clotted cream takes TIME.

 

The Museum of the World

In other VERY cool things (and also at the British Museum), use this interactive timeline to browse historical artifacts by continent and date. Take a journey through centuries of design in Oceania, or see what everyone was doing in 1020 AD. Color coded and intuitive, I can’t wait to lose a whole day here.

 

The National Gallery

Not only can you wander the halls of the National Gallery, but you can click on paintings from the tour, for an immersive experience, and see close up images and information. Afterward, sit on your stoop and take this tour of Trafalgar Square. It looks sunny, but I wouldn’t rely on it.

 

The Tate Modern

These tours are going to include many museums I love, but goodness do I love the Tate Modern. It’s controversial, but I would save the Start Display for last. It’s kind of the greatest hits, and it’ll leave you starstruck, rather than starting with their most famous exhibits, and then wandering listless through the rest. I recommend a gunpowder green tea, and ending by a river, if you can find one.

 

The Natural History Museum 

Get up close and personal with dinosaurs and gorgeous architecture at the Natural History Museum in London. I mean it about the architecture, too. Everywhere you look, you’ll find something beautiful and fascinating. If you’re still feeling energized, pop around the corner to the Victoria and Albert Museum for heaps more virtual collections.

 

National Museum Scotland 

Just LOOK at that mezzanine. The National Museum of Scotland has absolutely everything, trains, ancient jawbones, washed out British sunlight. This place is at the top of my list as soon as we’re allowed to go outside again. I’m an absolute sucker for rain and vaulted ceilings.

 

National Museums Northern Ireland

Do you like famous historical dogs? Because I think I have a new obsession. Everything here looks fascinating and hard to pronounce. Add to the experience by pretending you got there by boat, listen to some Irish sea ambiance, aim some fans directly at your face, and splash brine everywhere if you’ve got it. If you can’t get to the heart of Belfast by boat, that’s knowledge I’m better off without.

 

National Museum Wales 

Claustrophobic, but want to learn the history of coal in Wales? This is the tour for you. One of the best coal mining museums in the UK, according to their website. For the authentic experience, put on some noise cancelling headphones and close yourself in a closet. The live tour is 300 feet underground, and as fascinating as it sounds, I could literally NEVER.

 

Historic Royal Palaces

I confess, I just wanted to know if it was possible to tour the Tower of London without becoming so waterlogged and cold that I have to dry my jacket under the hand driers. At least I can say I suffered. The answer is no, not really – you can’t tour specific sites, as far as I can tell, but you can view extensive galleries of gorgeous, detailed pictures.

 

Houses of Parliament

Do you like beautiful architecture and places that can’t be filmed for satire? I guess this needs to go on my list. Look at the tiles, with the lions of Anjou. And all the reliefs, I guess monarchs or saints. I definitely want to know more.

 

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Featured image via the BBC

Meghan Markle Pens Children’s Book Starring Her Two Dogs

On August 4th The Sunday Times reported that Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, is reportedly working on writing her own children’s book. Rumor has it that a few of the royal family’s furriest members may be making appearances in the work as well!

The book will reportedly star Markle’s beagle named Guy, and her labrador-shepard mix named Bogart.

 

Megan Markle's dogs

Meghan Markle’s dogs/Image via The Cheat Sheet.

 

While the duchess isn’t known for her writing prowess, she isn’t exactly inexperienced. Markle served as guest editor to the September 2019 issue of British Vogue, where she published an editor’s letter.

 

Laverne Cox for British Vogue. Image via Tom + Lorenzo.

 

The recently published issue of the magazine focuses on influential women from around the world, and the Duchess spent seven months on the project. 

In addition to this writing credit, Markle also wrote the foreword to Together: Our Community Cookbook. This charity cookbook is a collection of stories and recipes inspired by the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, which claimed 72 lives in in June of 2017.

Markle also isn’t the first royal to delve into the world of children’s literature. In 1980, Prince Charles published a children’s book titled The Old Man of Lochnagar

 

The Old Man of Lochnagar

The Old Man of Lochnagar/Image via Amazon.

 

The story starts somewhat unimaginatively, with Prince Charles telling a group of children the story of an old man seeking refuge in the cave of Lochnagar. The old man’s one desire is to take a nice warm bath, and the story follows his journey to get one, ending on a lesson about how one’s actions effect those around them.

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, has written several children’s books. Her first series of books, published in the 1989-1996, focused on the adventures of Budgie the Little Helicopter.

 

Budgie

Budgie the Little Helicopter on British television/Image via CITV Wiki.

 

The success of Budgie’s stories launched a fruitful career in the world of both children’s literature and television for the duchess, and she now has several different series under her belt.

Considering Meghan Markle’s history of ambition, she could be looking at a similar future!

 

 

 

Featured image via Vanity Fair.

Duchess Meghan Markle’s Half-Sister to Pen Second ‘Tell-All’ Book

Samantha Markle, the half-sister of Duchess Meghan Markle, wife of Prince Harry, announced via Twitter than she will be releasing not one but two tell-all books about Markle.

 

“I couldn’t help but let it slip!” she tweeted. “There are actually two books coming out! In the Shadows of the Duchess I and II.” Samantha Markle, whose Twitter is private, added the “#April” and “#June”, seemingly indicating that the two volumes would be released in those respective months, the first of which is the month in which Meghan and Harry’s baby is due.

 

Samantha and Meghan are estranged from one another, and Samantha has repeatedly been accused of attempts to capitalize off her sister’s marriage.

 

Image Via ET Canada

According to ET Canada, the original title of the first book was The Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister, referencing a nickname Samantha Markle uses to refer to Meghan, and was changed to In the Shadows of the Duchess.

 

Featured Image Via Marie Claire