Sunday, June 28, 2009

london bridge is falling down

well, not really but i couldn't think up a cute name for this post so that's what you get. we're home. we've been home for almost a week but things have been so crazy at work and i've had so many photos to upload, i'm just getting to the posting part now. so, here we go!

we arrived in london 7 june (oooh! european date formatting!), took the heathrow express into paddington, and walked two blocks to one of the coolest hotels i've ever stayed at. the rooms were definitely new york city hotel room size, but so beautiful designed -

but enough about the hotel because as nice as it was, that's not the fun part. paddington was perfectly situated to explore the rest of the city. and so we did. and with no further adieu,

Prince Albert Memorial
the prince albert memorial

Buckingham Palace
buckingham palace fountain

The Thames
the london eye

Westminster Abbey
westminster abbey

Camden Town Canals
camden town canals

Kensington Gardens
kensington gardens

Kensington Garden Swans
lovey swans

Victoria and Albert Museum
victoria & albert museum

Liberty House
liberty house

The Tower of London
fun at the tower of london

for the most part, the weather was wonderful - just a bit of rain here and there. which was lucky, because we were in london during the subway strike. great timing, eh? we did a lot of walking!

i adored the parks, westminster abbey, and the victoria & albert museum, which houses an amazing mechanical tiger, a lovely tea room, and one of the coolest gift shops i've ever seen. the tower of london was less exciting - so much reconstruction! luckily i got my real old castle fill in wales, but more about that later.

oh, right! we went to liberty! we basically walked the floors and pet beautiful things - clothes, fabric, yarn... and all i bought was a pair of travel scissors. because really, do i need more rowan yarn at the same price i can get here? don't worry, there was stash enhancement on this trip - also in wales, a most magical place.

but that's not next. next is greece. next is... tomorrow.


lara said...

yayayayay!!! I don't think I knew you were going to Wales too - run into Brenda D? Gorgeous pictures, I am so beside myself with the need to take another big trip whenever I can manage to organize it!! Looks like a lovely time, hooray V&A fun! Oh yes, and I love the river boats in Camden town. I hope you got a chance to walk around that area properly, it is so cool!

tmjackson said...

Oh, wow, what beautiful pictures. Your trip sounds perfectly lovely, can't wait to hear more!

Miss Limerick said...

soooooo jealous!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

I am so envious! Looks like a great trip!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Your photos are gorgeous! Each one could be a postcard ~ particularly like the lovely dovey swans :)

Looking forward to seeing more of what you saw!

Michelle said...

Your photos are AMAZING! Can't wait to hear more about your trip :)

puffthemagicrabbit said...

WOW!!!! I knew I should have squished myself in one of your suitcases...

Emily said...

I have a very similar photo from last month at Tower of London!!! That bow was heavy!!!