About

I’m originally from Cleveland, Ohio, but have been living in London for the past eight years.  I’m passionate about history, especially the Georgian and Victorian eras (I have an MA in Early Modern History), and the history of medicine.  I love museums, books, the macabre, and visiting new places, especially if those places feature authentic smells, terrible wax figures, or stuff in jars.

I’m interested in doing more guest blogging, and other types of writing, so please get in touch!  I can be contacted at divertingjourneys@gmail.com.  I’m also on Instagram; you can follow me @jsajovie.

 

23 comments

    1. Thanks for commenting! I’ve been to the Wellcome many, many times (it’s under my favourite places page), though I’ll probably give their current Japanese outsider art exhibition a miss, since modern art is not really my thing. I’ve only been to the Horniman once, as Dulwich can be a bit of a trek, but I do love their taxidermy collection, particularly the walrus.

  1. I really enjoyed your post. I currently live in Russia and am finding all kinds of place I’d love to go in Europe. But since I won’t be going right away I realized I could help promote other bloggers by posting a small portion of their blog on a section of mine which I call Mirror Reflections. I create these posts when I have someone from another country come to my blog and visit. It’s my way of saying “thank you”, I always link back to the blog I refer to when creating the post so hopefully they will visit your blog also. I call it the win, win, win system. Thanks for your post.

    1. Thanks for the compliment! I’d love to go to Russia one of these days, if I can ever afford it! The Hermitage looks amazing, though I’m a bit upset that none of Frederik Ruysch’s anatomical preparations seem to be there anymore. For some reason, I was under the impression that a few of his specimens still survived in St. Petersburg from the collection Peter the Great purchased in 1717.

    1. Yes, I’m the Jessica who has been emailing you about it! (I actually spotted your post on the American Ex-Pats Group on facebook).

  2. Have you visited the Harvard Museums in Boston and, particularly, the glass botanical collection? It is exactly that – a huge collection of botanical specimens made of class. Beautiful, but weird too. I’ve never posted on it – will have to dig out my notes and photos and do that someday. Great blog! Looking forward to more from you.

    1. I have not, but I’ve only been to Boston once, and it was only for a day, so I didn’t get to see much. I’d definitely like to go back again someday, so will keep that in mind (so long as there’s no butterflies involved, I think I feel the same way about butterflies as you do about gnomes). Thanks for the kind words!

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog. I love yours. WordPress directed me to the posts on Pepys (I’m a fan) and Eyam which I have visited in the past, so I think this is a blog for me to follow! Added to my RSS feed immediately.

    1. Thank you kindly! I love Pepys too (in case you couldn’t tell)! I’ll definitely have to use your blog as a guide if I ever make it up to Glasgow; that Scottish Industrial Life museum you just posted about looks right up my alley!

      1. Ooh, I haven’t been there yet, will have to do that eventually as well. The real goal is to find his bladder stone, but although I’ve heard rumours of it residing at various London medical museums, upon investigation, it appears to have been lost at some point in history. 😦 Bit morbid, I know, but it would have been fascinating to see (though I’ve seen loads of bladder stones belonging to non-famous people – not that exciting)!

  4. I really enjoyed finding your blog! It is really unique and interesting! I love historic homes… in fact a collection of my landscape paintings has become part of a permanent collection in a historic mansion in New York which I love. I look forward to following your blog and hearing more from you. ~Rita

    1. Thanks Rita! I just had a look through some of your paintings and I particularly like your seascapes and winter landscapes! I grew up in Ohio, where Lake Erie was the closest thing we had to an ocean, so I’m still kind of fascinated by the seaside, even though I get to visit it a fair bit in Britain!

      1. Yes, the seaside is beautiful. I don’t get to see it nearly as much as I would like. Thanks for stopping by my blog and thanks for the comments on my paintings! ~Rita

  5. I absolutely love your blog and enjoyed reading about places where I had lived as a student (Brighton!) and now in High Wycombe. Just to give you a heads up that the Wycombe Museum has had a massive refurbishment…maybe you should come visit for another review! It really is such an improvement on the old place.
    Looking forward to reading many more of your posts to inspire my outings with my little girl!

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