I've been meaning to go back to the Wallace Collection ever since I moved to London (that's more than 2 years ago...). I love this place, it is the cutest palace with the most diverse and fascinating collection. But how to get the kids to enjoy it with me?
Believe it or not, it happens thanks to Frozen. Yes, the movie. Since I have now seen it a good hundred times (thank you Stella), During one of the songs, Anna is imitating the characters from the many paintings in her castle. Already I thought that could be a fun thing to do with Stella in a museum. But at some point Anna imitates a girl on a swing. And then I got my genius idea. All the paintings in the movie are super famous. But the Swing is the Fragonard I've seen in the Wallace Collection last time I went (that would be 2005...).
So I told Stella, hey I am gonna show you one of Anna's paintings, the one with the swing, I know where it is! She was intrigued and then she loved it. Not only the painting but the entire place. Very princess-y!
We had a blast at the Wallace Collection, well at least for the first 40 minutes. Nino liked the paintings and statues with animals on it and ran everywhere. And I was so happy to be back. I can't believe this museum is free. Gotta love London!
This is Nino re-enacting Elsa's big move.....
I also discovered that there are quite some family activities at the Wallace Collection, so I will definitely be back. Also you can't beat that neighbourhood, Marylebone: farmers market, cafes and charity shops!!!