Really Really Vintage!!

Now, regular readers of my blog know I love a bit of Vintage. Forties and Fifties Clothes, accessories, bags, hats and gloves….. you name it, I lust over it.

But my real longtime love is even more Vintage than that!

Something not many people know about me is that I have a huge interest in Ancient Egypt. Well, it doesn’t get much more vintage, does it?

I have loved Egyptology for many years, since I was around 11 or 12 when I went on my first school trip abroad. Now, most school trips involve a week in France, or skiing in the Alps. However our school trip (and yes I went to a normal comprehensive) was a Mediterranean Cruise!

Epirotiki Lines ran a cruise sailing from Athens, visiting numerous Greek Isles including Rhodes and Crete, Turkey, Israel, Egypt and sailing back up the Adriatic coast taking in Yugoslavia before returning back to Greece.

I was already interested in these Countries and their history and so I went to my parents and asked if there was any chance we could afford it. Dad told me that my Grandad had already told him that if a school trip came up, he would be willing to help. But I had to go and plead my case to him.

I was so desperate to go, I went straight to him and told him all about the trip and how desperate I was to go on it. He immediately told me he would help, so we filled in the paperwork and applied to go.

Several months later, my excitement was palpable, as I walked up the gangplank in Piraeus Harbour.

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Epirotiki Lines “Jupiter”

I was off to see some of the most amazing Ancient Wonders and cultural sites of the World. I could not believe what a lucky girl I was. ย For me, Ancient Egypt and Greece with all its Gods and Goddesses, was just fascinating and I was going to walk where they had walked.

Going to the Palace of Knossos where Daedalus had built a labyrinth to house the Minotaur was so very exciting. The coloured columns and frescos are as vivid today as when they were first painted.

One of my favourite parts of the trip was visiting Istanbul. The sights, sounds and smells. The bustling City and it’s smiling inhabitants. Walking around the Grand Bazaar was so exciting to a girl who had lived in a small village all her life and never seen anything like it!

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The Grand Bazaar

We visited the Hagia Sophia Mosque which had been turned into a Museum and had the most amazing artefacts. I will never forget seeing a rotating black velvet cushion which held the biggest diamond I had ever seen. It looked like the size of my small fist. I wandered around entranced by everything. Suits of armour, clothing and jewels beyond your wildest imaginings. Simply Stunning.

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Hagia Sophia

We also visited the Sultan Ahmed Mosque,ย the most beautifully designed building I think I had ever seen in my life. To hear the call of the Muezzin ringing out over the city caused goosebumps to break out. I had never seen something so exotic and beautifully decorated.

In fact, of all the places that I have visited in the World, Istanbul is the one place I want to return to and spend longer than just a day. I know there is so much more for me to see and I hope to make this happen sooner rather than later.

The Blue Mosque

We went to several sites where the original Seven Wonders of the World were based; The Colossus of Rhodes, The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, The lighthouse at Alexandria and of course The Great Pyramid at Giza

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The Lighthouse at Alexandria

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The Colossus of Rhodes

Of course that was going to be one of the highlights of the trip for me. We eventually arrived in Egypt and I was in my element. We went to the Pyramids and to the Cairo Museum. I saw the treasures of Tutankhamun and I was hooked.

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The Pyramids at Giza

Since then I have had an avid interest in the Ancient World. I have returned to Egypt and sailed the Nile, visited Aswan, Luxor and more. I travelled on a train down the length of the Country, and it was simply wonderful. I cannot even explain how in my element I was!

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Tutankhamun’s Death Mask

So why is it I have never visited The British Museum in London? Especially as I spend a lot of time in London itself.

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The British Museum

The museum houses a massive collection of Egyptian artefacts, including Mummies, wall murals, Papryii, and more. There are several rooms featuring everything from everyday life to the most richly decorated sarcophagii. Yet I have never been to see them.

This is something that needs to be rectified. But whenever I go to London, there always seems to be so much I have on my agenda that there never seems to be time.

I have visited The V & A, The Natural History, The Science, The Imperial War and the Wallace Museum. But never the British Museum.

I had a chance to change this recently after a recent trip to Town. Sadly we only had a small amount of time in the museum before it closed as our other errands took us too long. I did get to see The Rosetta Stone and some amazing Egyptian sculpture which soothed my craving for culture and education a little.

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The Rosetta Stone

We plan on going back and having a proper good look around. If I have my way I will be there when the doors open and they will have to kick me out when it is time to close!

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The Goddess Sekmet carved from Granodiorite

I have to be honest. If I had enough money or won the lottery, one of the first things I would do would be to enrol in University studying Archaeology and also the Ancient World. I know it doesn’t seem like something I would be in to. However I am fascinated and want to learn more.

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Red Granite Head of Amenhotep III

I know it sounds a bit daft, but when I walked into the Egyptian Sculpture room it was like I had come “home”. My smile was huge and I couldn’t stop snapping photographs. Literally my heart was happy and it felt like where I needed to “be”.

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Abyssinian Winged Lions from Nimrud

Maybe when I am old and retired that can be my new hobby. Can you imagine me swanning around archaeological digs in my big skirts and turbans? I know I can!

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Just what I love

Did you expect I had this side to me? I would love to know your thoughts

Till next time,

Tx

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  • A diamond the size of your fist! Could you imagine that hanging round your neck hehe. Sounds amazing. Love the colours in your photo from the Bazaar. It’s lovely when you have a passion for something.

  • That is how I feel when I see Egyptian artefacts too, like I am home . I am a huge fan of Egyptology and have been since I was a small girl like you x

    • Wow! Something else we have in common Ana ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  • Melanie Williams

    I love Egyptian Artefacts and I too did not know that the British Museum in London had such a great selection. I will be popping along in July ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    • I hope you enjoy it Melanie! I can’t wait to go back xx

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    This looks awesome. I went to the British Museum a few years ago. Looks like you had a good time

    • I need to go back again, to see even more of the exhibits x

  • Hayley Ann Stewart

    So well-traveled! I do love the British museum. I went to see an exhibition of South African art earlier this year. And the fabric in that grand bizarre is gorgeous!
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    • That sounds like it was a great Exhibition Hayley! I would love to go there more often x

  • Mummy Times Two

    As a teacher who has taken students on school trips abroad, it’s lovely to hear how much your experience has stayed with you. I’m a big fan of the British museum too, so many interesting things to see.

    • It was a turning point in my life, to be honest! x

  • Andrea Soranidis

    The British Museum is definitely one of my favorite museums in the world (together with the Louvre), anyone visiting London should definitely visit it.

    • I love the Louvre too Andrea! Both amazing institutions x

  • We are the same generation, I remember the era of the school cruise although I never went.

    I do like the British museum and absolutely do not go often enough.

  • Kate Veggie Desserts

    I haven’t been to the British Museum in years. It’s so enchanting and has such fantastic exhibits.

    • I am excited to return, but plan on spending the whole day there this time x

  • ThatgirlSue

    Really awesom post i love ancient Egypt and the mythology

  • Anosa Malanga VA

    Ohh such a great day to learn about history and mythology as well. Nice experience.

  • I never suspected your secret passion, but I can see why you have it! The architecture, sculpture and jewelry of ancient Egypt always amazes me when I see it. It’s fantastic so much of it has survived.

    • It’s amazing what secrets we all hold! I love the fact that it has survived, as you said. I like to imagine what things it has seen and experienced x

  • I went to Istanbul for a weekend a few years ago – it’s definitely worth a weekend away there, there’s so much to see and do! x

    • Oh indeed! I can’t wait to go back, but think the issues are still a bit volatile at the moment x

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    I love the British museum. I could easily spend all day there and not be bored.

    • That is what I intend to do next time I go there! x

  • I love wandering around museums and try to get lost inside them haha!

  • Deborah Nicholas

    Oh wow that looks amazing, its years since i was last in a museum!

  • Melanie Edjourian

    I love this sort of thing too. I find ancient Egypt and the like quite fascinating. I took my daughters to the British museum earlier this year and they loved it all too ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • I can’t wait to explore it even further Melanie! x

  • francesca

    What an incredible trip!! I’d love to visit Istanbul with all those vibrant colours! The pyramids in egypt look insane I hope I get to see them for real one day! How amazing is your old school to take you on a Mediterranean cruise!!!

    • It was many years ago – around 1986. I hope you get to see these wonders too! xx

  • Healthy & Psyched

    Lovely to learn more about you in this post. Not sure I would be spending my money on studying if I won the lottery. I do like the British Museum but the Natural History Museum is my favourite ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Well… I would study AFTER I had done everything on my bucket list! ๐Ÿ˜‰ xx

  • Angela Milnes

    Omg, this is really looks amazing and I want to go in the museum like this. Glad you share this with us

  • This is indeed way more than vintage ;))
    When I used to live in London, The British Museum was one of my favourite places and I used to go there on any free afternoon. Always something new to explore there!

    • I have missed out on so much! I plan to do 2-3 visits over the next couple of months xx