Little London Moments
We made it to the famous London! Here are a little of my captured moments here..
Our first day here, we put the iconic sites on hold to meet up with one of our good friends Lindsay, who started off our adventures by taking us to Campden Town. Aside from having a lovely time just hanging out with him and his girl Alice, we had fun strolling through the punkish and artsy district, relaxing over tea in the warm sun at Yumchaa Tea House, and navigating through the smells and tastes in the food marketplace!
I love marketplaces, and food markets even more so! This one was one of the funnest ones I’ve been to. All these artisan food stands had their star dishes up on display, so it not only looked beautiful– in addition to the amazing smells everywhere. Vendors wanted you to choose their food, so we went by each one and had their delicious samples before we made our choices and indulged.
Gourmet Macaroni Cart! Lindsay’s choice…
Tandoori Chicken in Pita… mine and Ernest’s choices!
Campden Town is known for being creative, artsy, eclectic and punk, so it was all cool to see. Good laughs, long walks, coffee shops, amaaaazing burgers and hanging out on top of the upsidetown tree in Hyde Park basically summarized the rest of the day. Sorry I couldn’t capture every moment! Thanks Lindsay and Alice for a great day in your company, and we can’t wait to see you again—hopefully grabbing some juicy burgers soon in the States!
The next day we packed out our day with tourist sites with our traveling buds, Meghan & Ryan. =] We were still a bit jetlagged, and couldn’t believe we were actually in London!
Still Life: An Allegory of the Vanities of Human Life, Harmen Steenwyck 1640… “The extinguished oil lamp, skull, watch, and recorder identify the picture as a vanitas, a reminder to the viewer of the transience of human life. However, the books, shells and sword may also refer to the pursuits of an active human mind, such as study and collecting.”
The Water-Lily Pond, Claude Monet 1899
The Graham Children, William Hogarth 1742
A Still Life of Flowers in a Wan-Li Vase, Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder 1609-10
By the way, Ernest’s favorite was Van Gogh. Who knew?
St. James Park
Victoria Memorial at Buckingham Palace
Big Ben & Westminster Palace
Selfie enjoying Tower Bridge =]]
Tower of London
Aside from seeing different coffee shops, my favorites mentioned in this post!!!… here are more London treats:
Portobello Road Market, Notting Hill
No regrets. It was amazing. They use different cheese and Chipotle tastes different in other places because it uses locally sourced ingredients! I almost cried.
Afternoon Tea with Meghan at The Wellington
And our street where we stayed at Easy Hotel! And our room… too funny!