We have finally made our way back home! After four weeks, five countries and ten hotels (or places that advertised themselves as hotels…this can be debatable) it was time to come home. We are very glad to be reunited with Juno, boy did we miss her little face.
Now that I’m home with real internet, I’ll continue the journey via blogs. Here are some highlights from our three days in London. London was quite an experience and despite staying there only three days, I felt I had kind of had enough by the time we got outta there! There were some great places to see and luckily I had a few people send me fantastic lists of their fave spots in the city (Thanks Jo and Gemma)
One of the best things in London was the beautiful St James Park near Buckingham Palace. We wandered along the road here and when I spotted the squirrels all bets were off. I may or may not have fed them peanut M&M’s, which they promptly buried for later.
We did all the usual sights in London, The bridge (not falling down) and the tower, which we refused to pay 30 pounds to walk around… but we came, we saw, really theres only so many historic relics you can be enthused about.
We also visited Harrods. Wow, how much overpriced stuff can they cram in this place, really? I did like the Christmas room though!
We also went to brick lane to check out some vintage shops and despite stumbling upon a vintage market which was happening only that day, I was supremely disappointed when I purchased nothing at all out of 4 or 5 stores I visited! I think the quality to price ratio was a little off kilter for me, but it was still fun to wander about and browse through the racks.
A beautiful store I did seek out was Anthropology. I’m a fan of their online store (though I’ve never purchased anything from there) but their brick and mortar endeavour is amazing! The “living wall” on their staircase was a highlight, made from 100′s of real tiny plants living in their own little dirt capsule in the wall.
Probably the highlight of Seven Dials for me was N2, the sister brand of french brand Les Nereides. Here I made one of my only purchases from London, a super cute sewing machine brooch (you can probably spot it in 3rd photos below). N2 had a world of crazy, quirky, cute and extremely well made jewellery, I could have taken home one of everything. I was especially impressed by the hilarious peanut themed jewellery (2nd photo below).
Finally after fighting through four hours of traffic on the day we left and missing out on seeing the Rob Ryan store due to track works and stupid bus timetables, we were so glad to finally drive away and head for the country after three days of craziness that I cant say I’m dying to return to London anytime soon. Kx