Travel Journal 4
According to Rick Steves, the Tate Modern was dedicated in the spring of 2000 as a place to show off contemporary and modern art. The collection has many different artists such as Monet, Matisse, Dali, Picasso, Warhol and so many more. Each year the art is alternated with different works of art from the various artists. During my visit, I really liked seeing the different types of artRecently I have only seen works of art that are older and it was really nice to change it up a little bit and see something different. I also really enjoyed the room that allowed other artists to become inspired and show off what talents they have. For example, another Meredith girl that I was with was able to play on the piano to show off her talents. Others in the museum gathered around her and even took pictures as she played.
In 2005, London opened a museum in honor of Sir Winston Churchill. This museum is the only one in the world dedicated to Winston Churchill (http://www.iwm.org.uk). During World War Two, the museum was actually used as the underground headquarters for the British government. On August 18, 1945 the headquarters were shut down and not used until 1970 when the Imperial War Museum began (http://www.iwm.org.uk). To me, this was awesome that the headquarters remained locked and untouched for about twenty-five years because they were able to preserve the rooms and now have them on display. While walking through, I was able to see the original function of the rooms.
Claddagh Village is in the middle of Galway City. The term claddagh comes from the Irish name “An Cladach” meaning a stony shore (www.claddaghns.ie). Fishing used to be the main source of income until the last century. Local claddagh men would sail out to sea to catch the fish to bring home to their wives. The wives would then clean up the fish and bring the fish down to the market to sell. The women would bring the fish to the dock closest to the city of Galway, but not in the city because they didn’t want to pay taxes. There are fishermen who are still keeping this tradition alive to this day (www.claddaghns.ie).
The Claddagh ring has become a well-known ring throughout Ireland and also the world. The story behind the Claddagh rings comes from a man who was sold into slavery and lived in Galway, Ireland, which is the city next to Claddagh Village (www.claddaghns.ie).The week after Richard Joyce was sold into slavery he was supposed to get married (www.claddaghns.ie). While in slavery he learned the trait of a goldsmith and he created the claddagh ring (www.claddaghns.ie). The ring has two hands to represent friendship and the hands are holding a heart that represents love. Richard was eventually released from slavery and made his way back to his love in Galway. She was waiting for him when he returned and he presented her with the Claddagh ring. The ring is now worn by many people around the world and if you wear it with the heart facing out that means you are available and if you wear it facing inwards then that represents that your heart has been taken.
Experimental theatre dates back many years but has only become popular since the twentieth century (performingart-school.com). Experimental theatre tends to have free admission with some uncertainty of what you’ll see. This type of theatre is meant to experiment with the community to see what is accepted and to demonstrate a new style of theatre (performingart-school.com). While I was in Dublin, Ireland, I watched an experimental theatre performance. There were many performances going on throughout the day but the one that caught my attention was a couple that could do acts with fire. During their performance they did various tricks alone with fire and also did synchronized tricks together with fire. It was amazing to see how well they worked with fire and how confident they were while using the fire.
While staying in Dublin, Ireland, I stayed across the street from Trinity College. During our stay, we toured the college and I loved learning about the traditions that are still held to this day within the college. Trinity College Dublin was created in 1592 as an all-male college. In 1904 the first female student was accepted into the college. Now the majority of students are female students (www.tcd.ie). During the tour, I learned that the college values education so much that they offer to pay for graduate school if the student achieves a certain number grade or higher in their concentration. They also offer various scholarships for good grades such as paying for the tuition, lunches or on campus living. When the college was first created the students had to wear cloaks to class. Although this is not an everyday occurrence now, the cloaks are still worn on graduation. Also, people are permitted to wed at Trinity College, but both participants had to have graduated from Trinity College and they have to get married within five years of graduating.
London Museum is a combination of two museums. Guildhall Museum was founded in 1826 and the London Museum was founded in 1912. In 1976 both of the museums put their collections together and made what is now known was the Museum of London (www.museumoflondon.org.uk). I found the museum very interesting and almost jealous of the fact that London has so much history dating back thousands of years before the United States was founded. I really enjoyed how the museum was easily laid out in chronological order and easy to follow the time era and what happened during that time. I also enjoyed the various hands-on exhibits to learn the history in another way.