Top of the Pop-ups

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We didn’t see as much of London as we had planned but we did visit a whole lot of museum gift stores and today we’ll show you how our collections of pocket pop-up books is growing. We bought the first ones in Paris but Britain has more of them: we found five (to Paris’ three). However, sorry but the French name Petit pop-up panoramique wins with English A Three-Dimensional Expanding Guide. No challenge there.

Still, the illustrations are just as charming (by the same illustrators, mostly) and we were thrilled each time we found a new one in a bookstore. We’re easily amused people.

re-popup-02 We didn’t see a whole lot of royal palaces but we liked the book.

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We did manage to visit Trafalgar Square and Westminster Abbey (the square quite a few times because we went to the National Gallery twice and also you always seem to end up there when you start doing touristy things).

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And of course we’ve already told you about Tate Modern a few times. We enjoyed the bookstore there too.

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We didn’t hope for much from the Tower of London but we were pleasantly surprised: what an entertaining place it actually is. And the ravens were awesome.

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But our favorite was the last find, Shakespeare, which we only discovered at the Globe, where we just dropped in for a few minutes on our last day. One side shows places connected with Shakespeare’s biography but the other one shows scenes from various plays, which is very refreshing after all the architecture of the other volumes. It helps that we’re currently re-reading all of Shakespeare, probably.

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8 comments
  1. Love the pop-up books, next time I’m in London I’ll keep an eye out for the ‘Great Britain’ and ‘Royal Palaces’ ones. As a UK resident it is easy to miss some of the great tourist things out there, it’s nice to see some of the fab souvenirs (and sights to see) available!

    • I think we found the whole set sans Shakespeare at the National Gallery so good luck!

      • Thank you, I’ll look out for them next time I’m at the gallery!

  2. I love these pop-up books, I’ve also met the illustrator who did most of these – Nina Cosford, she is lovely!

    • That sounds great! We love the apparent effortlessness of these illustrations and how they capture the mood of the place.

  3. Love Pop-ups still. These books are fun. Thanks for sharing.

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