This is the second stop on my Kew Gardens tour. The rainforest conservatory.
‘Heating was an important element of the glasshouse’s design, as tropical palms need a warm, moist environment to thrive.
Originally, basement boilers sent heat into the glasshouse via water pipes running beneath iron gratings in the floor. A tunnel ran between the Palm House and the Italianate Campanile smoke stack that stands beside Victoria Gate. This 150-metres-long (490 ft) passage served the dual purpose of carrying away sooty fumes to be released from the chimney and enabling coal to be brought to the boilers by underground railway.
Today, the glasshouse is heated using gas and the tunnel houses Palm House Keeper Wesley Shaw’s office.’
On our second full day in Amsterdam, we took the students to the Stedelijk Museum. ‘The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is an international museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art and design.’ I really enjoyed it here, there was a lot of photo opportunities as well as an amazing exhibition by Marcel Wanders. Plus I had the best lunch in their cafe ever! 🙂
My sister Shannon had been pestering me to take her to London to do some museum wanderings for a while and as it is half term I agreed to go. Reiss came along too and we were originally going to the Hollywood Costume exhibition and Ballgowns at The V&A. However, when we got there my volunteer pass (I volunteer for the Cutty Sark) would only let me in and the others needed to pay £20 each for entry. Clearly that wasn’t going to happen, so we had a wander around the costume through the ages and Shannon snuck round the back of the Ballgowns exhibition and went in for free anyway.
As we were wandering around the museum which has a vast array of items we came across The Cast Courts which I haven’t seen before as they have been closed for renovation. Only 1 side was open but it was so spectacular it really didn’t matter. All of us appreciated theses replicas from the 19th century. The intricate details and unusual animals completely blew me away as well as the sheer size and scale of the casts.