Tuesday, October 23, 2012

{oh britannia}


{Big Ben}

{Westminster Abbey}

{the streets of Notting Hill & the London Eye}

jacket {Kenneth Cole}  top  {nordstroms} jeans {a&f} boots {steve madden} scarf {gifted}

{Parliament at sunset}

{only the greatest store of all time}
{Tower Bridge}

{Borough Market}

{St. James Park}
{celebrating fall}

{Hyde Park}

hello lovelies. time seems to be going by much too quickly these days. it always seems to be a weekend, which means setting off to a new destination. i am so glad i get to share London, which was  the trip that has been the nearest and dearest to me so far. 

i don't know if there is any other place i have visited that quite compares to london. it was an unexpected surprise; i was solely excited to visit a country that spoke the same language {and had starbucks!}.little did i know, the beautiful city would run away with my heart. it felt like the perfect merging of both new york and boston, which were previously my favorite spots. 
however, nothing beats london's history, marvelous architecture, cozy pubs, and pristine parks. 

although the tube system was easy to handle, elliot & i adored the city so much that we usually chose to walk the city blocks. at one point, we found that we had wandered all the way from Notting Hill to the other side of Hyde park. it was only because of our stroll, however, that we came upon Harrod's. this wonderland, my darlings, was not only the grandest department store i have set foot in, but it had an entire level dedicated to "Christmas Land" {it looked like the set of Elf!}.

our leisurely strolls took us down to the Tower Bridge, along the Thames at night, and to the Notting Hill market. though it was incredibly crowded, this market had such an assortment of vintage treasures that made it worth the effort. furs, vintage brooches, clothing, & british antiques lined the streets. it was a sight to be seen. 

Borough Market was another of my favorite finds. this expansive market sold all sorts of english goodies, from fresh produce to meat pies. we grabbed a cup of mulled wine and wandered through the mesmerizing market before heading off to explore the rest of the city.

it is my hope that we make it back to regal London in a few weeks. the city was made for me... they love seasons & holidays, you have the ability to walk everywhere, and the weather is brisk & sweater worthy. i am already missing the mulled wine, cottage pie, and sticky toffee pudding {its back to pizza and pasta here}.

last weekend's trip to the Tuscan region will be posted shortly. i don't want to get too behind, especially since we are off to Barcelona on thursday! 

hope your daily travels are going splendidly. 


1 comment:

  1. Such a perfectly timed post...Dad is as I type...booking our hotel for London! Ellis your posts capture such a feeling for the destinations...and you my dear are perfectly dressed for your adventures! Thank you so for sharing!