London: A baker and his wife, and a girl named Matilda
You could spend a whole week at the wonderful British Museum. They have a special exhibit called “Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum.” In an exhibition of 250 works, many not seen outside of Italy until now, I saw items like furniture which was carbonized by the high-temperature ash that swept over Herculaneum when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. Pompeii of course was hit differently by the volcano and no such items survived. There were many amazing frescos that survived. I saw a beautiful wall painting of a baker and his wife.
Established in 1753, the British Museum was based on collections from Sir Hans Sloane. It opened on January 15, 1759 in Montagu House and is still at this location, right across from my hotel!
My brother, Dave, arrived from Los Angeles this afternoon to celebrate my birthday. We saw the musical Matilda, based on the book by Roald Dahl. It was okay but it didn’t grab us.
Beth, Reader’s Services