Today was an odd day (7) and no rain, so it was days of the change of guard at Buckingham Palace. It’s nice to arrive there around 10 am. The function starts 11:30am, but until then, many people have arrived and you end up losing some thing interesting occurred.
I loved the exchange and I was swapping places several times, haha, going to the avenue, and turning to the railings of the palace to see the whole ceremony. The whole ceremony lasted around 30 minutes. Before going to the palace, we went through St. James’s Park. Beautiful, beautiful! Well, the parks of London are just perfect. Beautiful, huge, you could spend a whole day there (just pray for a good weather - that was what happened to us = D)
After the exchange we walked toward Knightbridges St., which is where the Harrold’s and Victoria & Albert Museum. This street is very interesting, has homes and buildings with nice architecture, numerous cafes, restaurants, shops ….. sure that we have to go back and explore this neighborhood. I’ve seen an H & M and made the party there hehe. I bought a beautiful green glaze, some lip gloss too. Oh, and finally found a jacket I was looking for ages!
Well, we started by Harrold’s. It is cool there, it is huge, has everything. One of the part I liked most was the part of meals: has several candies options, you can even have lunch there - I just have not seen tables and chairs there. … but anyway ….
The place itself felt a little extreme, is the kind of place that if you’re not dressing a Jimmy Choo and Prada dress, they ignore you. I think it was the first time in Europe that I had to be dressed very chic to be seen. It’s that place who thinks erroneously that “anyone who has money’re very well dressed.” Well, they forgot that there are tourists, business travelers often have money and not be uncomfortable wearing clothes. After trying the Chanel 5 everything changed (once again proves what I said).
From there we saw a Topshop and went there. After all, we needed to feel better! hehe There we saw an Oxford Shoes, that was cute, and a pretty lingerie. We bought all :)
The journey continues, we passed other stores until we run to the V & A. It’s huge! There you can spend a whole day! We could not see everything, it was impossible. We selected the most interesting things to see.
Yeah, it’s another place that needs to come back for sure! I loved it, loved it. A tip from my friend that was great. There is really cool. And the shop also has a lot of nice things to buy :)
Okay, time to eat! We needed to eat! It was almost 18h and we had not eaten anything, just some candy, haha.
We started looking back cafes, restaurants for, well, dinner! We found one across the street that seemed interesting. And it was, we ate a sandwich with French fries, Coca-Cola and Salad (hehe). The funny thing was that while we were waiting for the food, one waiter says: “The guy got out there without pay” in Portuguese. So, here has Brazilians working?
Yes, they were. When our food came, we commented in Portuguese what the waiter had said. We laughed a lot.
Anyways, the place is very nice, called Patisserie Valerie. And you know what was nicer? When we were leaving, one said, “Wait a minute”. And then handed us a bag with three huge sweets! Look how nice and sweet. Wow, we were very grateful, this is a really cool. Yes they know how to treat customers well. Here is a case of Brazilians helping/ being nice with Brazilians. This is a place that surely we will come back (we’ll bring a souvenir from Brazil as well). And it is a tip for those who go to London ;)
From there we walked home (and a long walk, hehe, but in London, we fell good. But okay, we felt we walked a lot today! In real when we were near to Waterloo Station, we decided to take the subway. I think we walked 12h today hahaha o.O). Love, busy nice day!!
My friend invited me to go celebrate the Chinese New Year in Chinatown. It’s what we did today, among other things, of course. The celebration could be seen in various corners of the city, with red balloons and many other decorations. In Trafalgar Square where it was focused concerts and many other activities of this event. Well, before we met up, I went with my mother to the Jubilee Market, Covent Garden Market. Very cool! There are many things to buy. Plus, there are events, concerts, street performances for free … pretty excited.
The shops, a paradise, we were all there getting crazy. I bought many chocolates, teas (imagine that not, right?), cookies ….. yummy! We went to a shop of soaps/ creams, a paradise. The salesman asked if I wanted to plunge my hands in a bowl with a soap powder which melted in warm/ hot water. You should see us, was really cool.MY GOD, you feel wonderful, very relaxing! It was awesome!
We continued our walk through Covent Garden towards Trafalgar. Halfway through Chinatown step! OH MY GOD! I think all China was there, it was impossible to move, walk. We entered a street which simply could not move, even gave a certain dread, because we could not go anywhere o.O Anyway, was great, I loved being there and celebrating the new year’s with all of them. Just one thing, go to Trafalgar to meet with my friend was impossible. So we arranged to meet at the National Portrait Gallery.
Well, I met up with my friend and her boyfriend and then she took me to a wonderful store of materials for design, Cass Art London. You get crazy there, has many materials (paints, paper, pens, crayons ….. in infinite kinds. I found my favorite pens, Letraset Promarkers and I bought a pack with 6. Oh, and you know what is better? They were on sale I paid only £ 6.50. \o/
From there we decided to pick a place for lunch, was already 16:30 and we had not eaten anything o.O
We found an Italian restaurant called Sartori. Wow, what a paradise. We ordered a pasta carbonara which was delicious. Best Italian pasta I ate in my entire life. Everything was for £ 9,50 - an entrance - that would choose among other options, hence a pasta (a lot of) + Italian beer.
Well, there was also a very pleasant, the waiters were very much kind (I can’t deny theirs origin!). Needless to comment on how they were happy to know that we were also Brazilian and Italian.
Once there walk around the neighborhood, we already start to see that the end of the party was approaching, it was possible to walk through streets. Trafalgar was already extremely quiet. Were dismantling the stage and cleaning up.
Well, we decided to go first to the Broadway Market, because we saw that the extension of Portobello Market was practically endless.
Broadway Market is farthest from the center of London, nor part of zone 1. It’s station is in zone 2. Arriving there the neighbour is not the most friendly, we can notice that is outside the city. Well, and shame we have gone in the opposite direction, and end up going to an area becoming increasingly hostile. We decided to go back and take the train to Notting Hill, because getting lost in an area not very friendly, it is not pleasant. :s
Well, getting there we already saw a different climate, more friendly, clean and, of course, chic.
The typical white houses, side by side, those beautiful little streets, full of trees, already showed us that yes it would be a nice market to go. ( This market occurs every Saturday)
Oh sure, once you leave the station Notting Hill, there is a sign indicating the direction of Portobello Market. Anyway, those things we always appreciate and makes all the difference in.
Portobello Market is huge and you’ll spend the whole day there. It’s really cool, has shows on the street, thousands of shops, kiosks. Alternative endless food, drinks. Just loved it, I recommend everyone to go visit. I bought three scarves by 10 pounds (of course after a few walks, I found six scarves for the same price! Haha, wanted to kill myself, hahaha, ok, happens. So here is a tip: walk and see everything, later buy! Haha).
I bought in a store, which is just on the start of the fair - who comes from Notting Hill station, a dress by Shikha London really cute. It cost £ 15. Regret not having bought more! The price was great and they were one more beautiful than the other.
We went to a store that was a paradise (except for prices! Almost died, so expensive), was the AllSaints. Well, one day I’ll buy the entire store. Hehehe : P
Another cool store was a Scottish one, even the salesmen wore the costumes of Scotland - men in skirts (which, gee, that beautiful and sexy! Seriously, when the guy is guaranteed and it is a tradition, masculinity talk more! I never saw men so males in my life, I just fell in love with everyone! That, of course, were beautiful). Is another place to visit :)
Well, scarves, jackets, wool in Scotland is generally typical of what else you see at Portobello Market. Everything is very beautiful and very well done. It’s a good thing to buy, at least a scarf. I bought three, very warm.
Rain boots, has a lot. My mother bought one for her. I have not found one that fix cool in me. Anyway, I tried!
Well, nothing better than walk and stop every second to see a tent, a store, watching a show on the road.
Good day! I loved it and I’m sure when I’ll be living in London I’ll go every Saturday to this market.
Notting Hill also is beautiful, worth a visit on another day to walk there, to see houses, shops, parks, cafeterias ….. yummy! And then, if you want, you can go walking towards Oxford Street. When you see, is already there. Things are close.
It’s that thing when you’re in a place that’s pure pleasure of walking and standing, everything flows and you do not get tired.
Well, in the end, in the evening we went to Tesco, in Notting Hill, to get some things for dinner.
Nothing like starting the day with a good breakfast! Yummy. Warm bread, cheese, fruit salad, delicious natural orange juice. ^ ^
Today we walked a lot, visited many things. And today I made a favor to myself: I left behind my map and started to walk without a specific direction.
First we follow up the London Eye and from there we decided to cross the Thames by Westminster Bridge. We were already in front of Big Ben, Palace, and then we go to Westminster Abbey, Government Offices. On that same street are the Government Offices, follow straight, passing the Horse Guards Parade until arriving in Trafalgar Square. A walk very nice, pleasant and fast I’d say. Everything always seems to be so close lol.
Well, after some photos, we went to the National Gallery, which is right in front of Trafalgar. Quite large, by the way, you can spend hours at the museum.
Well, we had lots of fun there, we’ve been creating characters for the paintings of the people. Theirs features inspired us to do it.
Everything is very good, I loved! This market is really cool, a lot of delights! It’s a paradise. We bought a salty cheese (£ 1.50) which was a marvel! The seller was very nice and tried to talk to us in Portuguese. Well, the only word he knew was Carinho (which means something like “Affection”).
From there we went to The Front Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, to see the show (By the way, there usually to have free shows, it’s a nice place, with nice people as well).
I love South Bank Center. The sidewalk (SouthWalk) from London Eye to SouthBank Centre is incredible, it’s a nice tip of walking. Concentrates so many events, interesting places, you can spend a whole day there. (seeing on the map, you know you can go from Westminster bridge to Design Museum going trought the sidewalk) o/
After few trips to Europe, finally landing in London.
I always wanted to go here and always thought that I’d love this city! Yeah, I was not wrong = D
Well, I usually know if I’ll love a city pretty soon (landing - first impression).
Everything went very well, very simply (like, ok, I’ve been here b4 and know everything hahaha), and I feel quickly that this was one of my favorite cities. I think that is my favorite! I’m feeling that I love that “I’ve lived here”, “I feel so comfortable and people are so cool”, just as occurred when I was in NL.
I think now is GB/UK & NL where I really really really liked!
No wonder that the British have a reputation of “British humor”. They are great, love it, I laugh a lot. It’s a casualness and lightness that, incidentally, should always bear in our lives.
Well, I had everything written down about what to do when we arrive. I was and I’m amazed with the organization and awith ll information that there in your face. And, of course, people being so gentle, sweet helping.
We looked for the Underground, as soon as we took our bags, to catch the Piccadillly line.
Here in London, at least in the hotel we’re in, leave the airport via Underground is alright, even with bags and the “trip fatigue” of a journey about 12hs. Moreover, is an alternative very cheap (£ 2.80) and is comfortable.
We ended up getting the Oyster right there (we put a credit for one week, covering zones 1 & 2, which are the most important and you definitely will spend the time). The £ 2.80 more were to leave the area 6 (which covers Heathrow Airport) to arrive at a zone 1- central - but may not be need it, I am here wondering if I needed for real, hehe. But anyways, after it has reimbursement anyway, so whatever.)
The route from the airport to our station Piccadilly Circus took an average of 1 hour (14h - 15h). Switched to the Bakerloo and two stations were already on ours: Lambeth. Very easy. I love London! hehe
To arrive at the hotel was also very simple, 2 minutes we were up there, hahahaha. I still had the google maps to make it even easier :)
The Hotel is very cute, very well located, beautiful, clean, the front desk staff is also super sweet. The room is also great. London is giving its welcome. : D
We decided then walk and explore surroundings. We went to the Imperial War Museum, which is really close. I was surprised by the size of tanks and pumps. There I felt the real grandeur of the Great Wars, of the terrorism. It was scary too.
From there we went to St. George’s (was in front). We continued walking towards the London Eye, which was already possible to see between the buildings. We admired the way things were close to one another. Every step we took, was an icon, a great reference that we knew.
We walked around and continued walking until we decide to dine. We chose to eat at the bar&grill Arch One, which is directly opposite Waterloo Station.
What a nice place! Very modern, with a very interesting architecture, playlist playing on the background and many beautiful people. The men were so handosme! Okay, I love this country more and more!
The food was delicious. We ordered salmon with potato and salad. Yummy! Plus, a Guinness :) Cheers
To finish veeery well: a big chocolate mousse.
The waiter asked where we were, because of the accent. He was from Russia. Pretty cool. I has already noticed how much people from elsewhere in the world live in London, making it a cosmopolitan city.
We continue our walk toward the hotel already. Midway a girl asked us directions to Lambeth station. By coincidence, we arrived by there, then I could help her. Felt so London girl :D hahahahaha even giving right coordinates for the people.
Yeah, I’m loving this city. Maybe living here in the near future? ^ ^