Do you know what a French kiss looks like? 

This isn’t the first time I have written about the advantages of being a single parent.  One of the big advantages if you are co-parenting, (and there aren’t many advantages so you do have to make the most of them) is that you get a free babysitter on a fortnightly basis. 

On Friday night, primarily to do some research for you all (honest!) I went to the Victoria and Albert museum (V&A) and their themed night on the Future of Dating. 

Now, if ever you are fortunate enough to be child-free and in London on a Friday night then I’d recommend seeing what is on at the Tate or the V&A.  What can often appear to be a stuffy art gallery or museum suddenly turns into hip, alcohol selling, music booming party venue.  And you are surrounded by the most perfect and glorious artefacts owned by the nation. Alcohol and art is probably my idea of heaven.

Last Friday night, the theme at the V&A was the Future of Dating.   I am aware that a few of you are living vicariously through my dating posts and are probably a little depressed following my recent disastrous dating posts so I thought I’d share some ‘research’ from my night. 

A highlight has to be some quite stunning miniature sculptures illustrating what people do with their tongues during a kiss, a snog, a French kiss – whatever you want to call it. 

French kiss

Do you know what a French kiss looks like?

A guy in his early twenties, with a glorious French accent (I have a thing about French men) explained to me that physical expressions of love are by far the most sensual.  I was following every word.  I was melting.   

He explained that the physical language of love is what we learn first as a baby, from our mothers’ caresses,  from breastfeeding.  We learn the warmth and sensuality of love expressed through touch. 

The French student had produced these beautiful sculptures by placing a magnet on a tongue piercing of one of the couple and some metal receptors on the outside of the other person’s cheeks.  A computer was then used to map the journey of the tongue around the other person’s mouth.  The image was then printed in 3D to produce these beautiful sculptures.   

I was enthralled by both the beauty of his accent and by the beauty of the French kiss sculptures.  Art, alcohol and French men are definitely my idea of heaven. 

P.S. Check out my Baby goes to Daddy posts for inspiration on what to do when your kids are with their other parent.

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  1. March 1, 2018 / 8:38 am

    I always enjoy reading your stories… 🙂

    • thesingleswan
      March 3, 2018 / 10:45 pm

      Great! Thanks

  2. March 1, 2018 / 6:09 pm

    I love that idea! Both the V&A/Tate tip and the idea behind the sculpture. I’ve never truly considered it before, but am thinking about it a lot as I type and really intrigued! Is the art going to be on display for long? If so I’ll hunt it out on one of the few days mine are with their mother.

    Hopefully I’ll have a french accented person to talk me through it, too…

    • thesingleswan
      March 3, 2018 / 10:45 pm


      Unfortunately the French kisses were only there for the evening. Definitely worth checking out the Friday night lates at the V&A though. Pen x

  3. March 1, 2018 / 7:55 pm

    Wow, what a stunning collection of, erm, snogs! That sounds so sarcastic, but I really mean it, The sensuality behind each sculpture is quite captivating. Looks like an incredible exhibition. Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub x
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    • thesingleswan
      March 3, 2018 / 10:44 pm

      Yes, I really enjoyed it, as you can tell. Pen x

    • thesingleswan
      March 3, 2018 / 10:42 pm


  4. March 3, 2018 / 10:51 pm

    Oh what a beautiful idea for Art. I love that idea of them all been kisses. How lovely. Wishing you every success with your future dating 🙂 #KCACOLS

    • thesingleswan
      March 4, 2018 / 7:42 pm

      Thank you. Pen x

    • thesingleswan
      March 4, 2018 / 7:41 pm

      Yes, it is a bit disgusting. I can see what you’re saying. Pen x

  5. March 4, 2018 / 8:49 am

    There is nothing better than a sultry man’s French accent really is there? I love the thought of baby’s learning about love through heir Mother’s touch. I want my toddler to be a healthy loving adult and I love showing him how we can touch gently and lovingly with cuddles and kisses. It’s easy to forget how much they actually pick up from us!

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time
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    • thesingleswan
      March 4, 2018 / 7:40 pm

      Hi Nicola, You are so right. Cygnet often strokes my arm and my shoulder when we are sitting on the sofa together. It is really sweet. Pen x

    • thesingleswan
      March 4, 2018 / 7:38 pm

      Hi Madeline – indeed, they are a great idea. Pen x

  6. March 5, 2018 / 7:57 pm

    Oooh this French guy sounds enrapturing – did you get to chat further?! 😉 Love the exploration of love shown through touch etc. – so true. We are only a few mins from the Tate Modern on a train so I must look out for evening events and get myself a baby-sitter! #thesatsesh xx
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    • thesingleswan
      March 5, 2018 / 9:34 pm

      Yes do! Pen x

    • thesingleswan
      March 5, 2018 / 9:34 pm

      I know, it is quite intriguing. I was standing staring at these sculptures wondering how on earth anyone can do stuff like this with their tongue. Pen x

    • thesingleswan
      March 5, 2018 / 9:32 pm

      My pleasure – thanks for commenting. Pen x

  7. March 6, 2018 / 8:01 pm

    It always amazes me how people think of such things for art. What a clever and beautiful set of sculptures! We have an art gallery called The Hepworth (names after Barbara Hepworth who is from our city of Wakefield) and I like taking our little boy. They have a cool light installation at the moment and these porcelain mushrooms that hang down and can be “played”. #KCACOLS
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    • thesingleswan
      March 9, 2018 / 9:10 pm

      Oh, I love Barbara Hepworth. Great sculptures that would really appeal to kids. Pen x

  8. March 7, 2018 / 4:51 pm

    That sounds like a great exhibition and I love a French accent as well ☺️ #KCACOLS

    • thesingleswan
      March 9, 2018 / 9:09 pm

      Thank you, Pen

    • thesingleswan
      March 9, 2018 / 9:08 pm

      haha, you’re a lucky lady. Pen x

  9. March 8, 2018 / 12:42 pm

    Take away the booming music and this sounds really interesting. #kcacols

    • thesingleswan
      March 9, 2018 / 9:07 pm

      haha, Pen x

    • thesingleswan
      March 9, 2018 / 9:05 pm

      Thanks Mac. Pen x

    • thesingleswan
      March 11, 2018 / 8:57 pm

      Thank you Lisa

    • thesingleswan
      March 13, 2018 / 10:10 pm


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