london part one - hello rain

8/20/2012

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The last stop from our summer trip is finally upon us! After spending two glorious weeks on Scandinavian waters, we made our way back to England and spent a few days in London. Truthfully I was quite ready to go home, having felt that my vacation was complete, but we were meeting Donald's sister who was also in town. I had visited London before and experienced the obligatory sights, so this time I decided to escape the commotion by visiting Hampton Court. I wandered through the grounds, even as the rain threatened from above.

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There was a flower show going on, but there were plenty around to see without paying extra.

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I wore my coral dress and an old fur-collared coat, with "Sofia" by my side. It's the best trip bag ever.

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What would an excursion be without delicious food? The cafe on the grounds was lovely, or at least it satiated our hearty appetites. All that walking really does make you exhausted and hungry. Even though we were in England, we couldn't quite let go of Scandinavia yet and had to eat some more smoked salmon. We ate so much more on our trip and even stopped at Wimbledon, which I'll share in part two! x

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  1. You honestly take the prettiest pictures that I have ever seen. Love your new header too! Angie xx

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    1. Thank you, it was time for a change! I was actually bummed that the sun wasn't out - but that's London x

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  2. Haha oh sounds like typical London weather to me! I lived there as a child but never actually got to experience any of the touristy stuff, as one typically doesn't when they live in a place, so I think I might pay Hampton Court a visit next time I go :)

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    1. Typical indeed! I could never live anywhere that rained so much (my hair wouldn't survive it haha). I never do touristy stuff in L.A, either, but I always love gardens regardless of the location :)

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  3. great photos! I'm following you :)

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  4. beautiful! I am a huge fan of gardens, but I have never visited Hampton Court when I was in London. I feel like I must, next time I go there. ;-)
    I understand you when you're saying that it is hard to let go of Scandinavia, yet England has always been extremely fascinating to me!

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    1. It has always been interesting to me as well, especially the music when I was a young girl! The food was difficult to eat though as I don't really eat dairy or meat! It's tough everywhere I go though hah x

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  5. ooh why have i never visited this place?! Definitely going to try to check this out next week-end <3
    ps: ditto the 1st comment
    xx moira

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    1. I hope the sun comes out for you! I'm sure it will be beautiful :)

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  6. Ooh this place is pretty - I love a nice garden even though I have the worst allergies, haha. Your lunch did look quite Scandinavian! I didn't visit Hampton Court when I was in London - it was more about being touristy for me as well, so I'm looking forward to doing something less so when I visit again.

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    1. I have allergies too but I usually take a pill and it goes away. It's so tempting to visit all the super popular places (and I did a bit this time as well) but the crowds kind of drive me mad. Riding the tube is such a drag but so is traffic in L.A. haha

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  7. These are such pretty gardens! This only has me excited for spring which is less than a month away (for me)

    http://the-makingofthings.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Lucky! Our summer is nearly over. I'm quite excited for Halloween though. It's one of my favorite times of year with all the autumn leaves x

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  8. What a nice place! I think I should visit Hampton Court next time I'm in london....only 45 min by train from where I live...
    beautiful photos as always Valerie, x

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    1. It would be super easy for you to visit! I went from Harwich to Hampton Court, to Wimbledon to London, all in the same day using the trains. I was exhausted though as you can imagine! Thank you Lola x

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  9. Lovely photos! I can't believe I didn't go to Hampton's Court when I lived in London (for a very short time)! Well I guess I wasn't as fascinated with castles when I was 16 as I am now XD
    I love your new header, btw!
    I know, right? I'll be really sad when I go back to brazil, it's even younger than the us so we also don't have excitingly old places to visit :(( also, rich people those days! haha! but I guess that, as they didn't have photographs those days, carrying those weird pendants with eyes and faces and hair helped them to remember friends or lovers and all. I wish I had lived back then! XD

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    1. That's a good point. At least I hope that's why they collected weird keepsakes haha. Brazil might be young but the nature is immaculate. I would love to go in the next several years, hopefully to a few other South American countries as well. I have to practice my Spanish though! Portuguese would be impossible for me though :(

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  10. These photos are magnificent! I've been to London before and always loved how often it rained. The flowers are beautiful; I would've done the same, walk around the gardens instead of pay for a flower show, that way you can go at your own pace. You look so pretty in your coat - it makes me long for winter wear. And you can never have enough smoked salmon! Next to tuna, it's my favorite source of protein :)

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    1. Yum, I can never get enough seafood. I would eat it every day if I could (I did on my trip!). Thank you, I couldn't believe I had to pack a coat, but I knew the places I was visiting would be cold for me. Anything below 60 degrees fahrenheit is too cold, which means I'm a wimp. I wish I loved rainy places but it's impossible to live with my naturally wavy/frizzy hair. I would look like a yeti every day haha! x

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  11. I've really been enjoying your trip photos! It looks like you had such a fun & delicious time--it's making me want to travel again!

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    1. Thank you! I enjoyed myself immensely but going on such a grand trip is also exhausting! All those bits are usually too boring to get into though :)

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  12. This looks lovely, London has some beautiful parks & gardens.

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    1. It's quite good for that! With all that rain it gets to be so green. That's the only downside to Los Angeles- and the traffic! x

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  13. These photos look so good! I envy all your travels :)

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    1. As thanks, I hadn't been on a vacation for over two years so it was much deserved! I probably won't go on another one for a long time wahh x

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  14. I've never been here but it's been on my list for too long - maybe time to tick it off?

    Becky | life.style.flash. x

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    1. Perhaps! The garden is worth it for sure, but I didn't get to see the inside because of time constraints. I liked your photos at Kew Gardens, I know that's another lovely place to visit :)

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  15. i always look forward to your posts! these photos are beautiful, what a wonderful place to wander around in for a day. x

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    1. Thank you dear! I love yours as well. I usually pick places that I know will be calm, since my day-to-day life can be so hectic at times. Everyone needs a time to relax!

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  16. Oh, I love London! Those purple flowers are my favourite- they make any landscape dreamy.
    Your coat looks so comfy and perfect for London weather :)
    Can't wait to see part 2

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    1. The coat is so comfy although it's quite heavy! I wore a trench last time in the U.K. but since I visited cold places (the Faroes, Iceland) I had to pack my warmest coat. Can't believe my final trip post is around the bend! x

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  17. i feel like you're been on vacation for YEARS now haha. i've never been to london but it looks gorgeous. and that food looks almost too pretty to eat. i especially love the photo with the ribbon tied around bread rolls. how cute is that?

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  18. oh my pretty London and pretty Valerie! You are such a candy!
    p.s. love new header pic

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  19. Oh!!!!! You went to London! I hope you liked it. We indeed had such a wet summer here. It's been a little better lately.
    I hope you enjoyed it. Feel free to get in touch for tips, if you go again.

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  20. With each post I become more and more in awe of your photography <3 _ <3

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  21. wow, great pics! and you look so lovely in this park!
    i'd love to be in london now :))

    please, visit me on:
    www.veraspop-upworld.blogspot.com

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  22. These are beautiful! The flowers! :O

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  23. Ohh there are so many more things to be seen next to the obligatory things, i love that you went to Hampton Court. It looks wonderful, and the food delicious!!

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  24. just bumped into your blog, lovely stuff x

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  25. my favorite city ever. beautiful photos as always. x

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