london part two - goodbye europa

8/27/2012

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It may seem as though I've been on vacation indefinitely (which is certainly not true in my every day life) but the final post from my summer vacation is finally here! My favorite part of staying in London was that we rented a room from a generous Argentinean couple, hoping to avoid the whole clinical side of sleeping in a hotel. We had such lovely hosts who made us feel at home with humorous conversations, morning breakfasts, and letting us use their backyard garden. As was the theme in London - if only it hadn't rained!

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Donald and I are big tennis fans so visiting Wimbledon was a no brainer for us. It's a little known fact about me since I dislike most sports, but I follow it closely and play from time to time. We stood on "Henman Hill" and ate strawberries with cream, as we had hoped to do!

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When my sister returns from England, she always brings me something from Patisserie Valerie. I finally saw it for myself which was fun.

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On our last day we walked around forever, tasting everything in sight and stopping at Café Rouge, Pierre Hermé, Ladurée, and a local Belgian restaurant for my favorite raspberry beer. In retrospect, we managed to make it quite a Francophone affair! After one too many tube rides, it was time to head back to our little sanctuary and then happily return stateside- with Norway and Iceland still in our hearts. Before we left, I made an obligatory stop at Liberty where I saw even more British buntings and the gorgeous flower shop.

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This post is aptly timed since my fall semester begins today- which means that summer is officially over (noooo). I've loved sharing my experiences with everyone these past few weeks and your wonderful comments were always great to read ♥. I put together a "where I've traveled" section on the blog that summarizes my past vacations, so that everything is in one place. Hope you all have a good week x

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36 comments

  1. thanks again for sharing these beautiful photographs!
    I feel like I was in London too!

    good luck for the start of your autumn semester! :-)

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    1. Thanks Polly! I need all the luck I can get with so many art classes this semester. I'm going to try to post often, but it might be tough :(

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  2. Your holiday has been so amazing, I'm really please you shared it in here. Pity the British weather is so hit and miss - usually miss!

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    1. Hehe, I hear it turned around now that it's August. I hope everyone enjoys it while it lasts! Thanks Paula, it was so lovely to share with others x

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  3. You always take the most amazing pictures.
    I'm really loving the bunting photos!
    Makes me miss London though :(

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    1. The bunting is so pretty in London, but it's a challenge to photograph without getting a million people in every photo haha! Thank you x

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  4. Renting out a room in someone's home is a really good idea, I'm thinking of doing that on my next holiday! I love London, so I enjoyed this post. Patisserie Valerie is such an apt name, haha, and their fruit tarts look so good.

    I'm sad it's the last of your holiday posts, but we all have to go back to real life and I love your day-today posts anyway!

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    1. It's such a lovely thing to do and it's usually much more affordable than a small cramped hotel/hostel. I used a site called Air Bnb (https://www.airbnb.com/) to find our accommodations and I'd highly recommend it! The desserts looked so good at Patisserie Valerie, but I only had mint tea and fruit whilst there. I ate at 3 different desserts shop throughout the day so I had to stop myself! Aw, we do all have to go back to real life. I mean some people don't...but for me it takes ages to go on a new trip!

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  5. All that tour bus reminds me of is One Direction... you're so lucky to have gone to London! I'm so jealous.

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    1. Haha I'm not sure if I know the reference but London is the most visited place in the universe, so I'm sure you'll find yourself there! x

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  6. Awww, I'm actually quite sad this is the last of your holiday posts. I love seeing the world through your lens. All photos in this posts look whimsical and your days sound brilliant. And it must've been fun to finally see Pattiserie Valerie with your own eyes. I love those kinds of little.. things. - And I'm definitely checking out your travelogue every time I feel like jumping on a plane!

    Good luck and have fun on your new semester!

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    1. Thanks Louise! I have your holiday posts to look forward to now! Every day life is still so lovely, and I actually love appreciating the little things in life like seeing a new film, or making a great dinner almost as much as traveling :)

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  7. like always, such gorgeous pictures! i love the ones with the banners in them, and it's cool you finally got to see the pastry shop for yourself. I'm definitely going to go through that vacation folder, i want to see what other fun places you've been to!

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    1. Thank you Marlen! I wish I had time to catalog everywhere that I've been - but it takes forever. I am kind of amazed that I finally finished my travel posts. So glad to have shared the experience! x

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  8. Oh, I love your Travelogue! Such great places- some which I hope to visit someday :)
    I've had such a lovely time reading this year's vacation posts. It was a magical ride through pictures and (your) words (describing its 'awesomeness'). The Argentine couple sound like a good time- and it looks as if they had a great little place (much better than an hotel).
    I'm looking forward to fall!

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    1. I'm looking forward to Fall too! Every season, or semester in my case, brings new challenges - but I'm usually grateful for change in the end. We can't all be in vacation mode all of the time, although sometimes we wish we could! Thanks for all your lovely comments and for sharing the experiences with me x

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  9. i've been away, and haven't been able to see your lovely photos in so long... still just as lovely as i remember :) x

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  10. Glad you were able to visit your namesake patisserie! I had to visit many to finally find you a mug! Haha.

    I wonder if I'll suddenly become a fan of Murray now :P I know you were pumped he beat out Federer. Now he needs to keep it going(yeah right). Lol.

    I love the macaron pic of course. I want some now ;(

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    1. I bet! I didn't see any for sale at the one I visited. Donald drinks out of it everyday, so I have to steal it back from him haha. I will never be a Murray "fan" per se, but I will always root against Federer and Djokovic - so it comes down to the lesser of the evils. I almost had my head ripped off for that macaron photo. I hate stuffy store clerks! Pfftt.

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  11. Thanks for such a great series of posts, they definitely make me want to get up and moving--I'm only about an hour away from London by train and I've been meaning to spend more time there, I feel like this makes me want to more! x

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    1. That's nice that the city is so near but yet you can live outside of the crazyness! I think weekend trips could be fun :)

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  12. That's such a wonderful idea to rent a room from a family instead of staying at a hotel. I stayed with a family in England for about a week as well, and the experience was so much more authentic. I'd love to visit all the treat and flower shops again. English strawberries and cream is to die for. Good luck this semester, I hope everything goes well for you! x

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    1. Thank you Emily, likewise! I still can't believe summer is over. That sounds like an awesome experience and very darling too. My favorite memories of being in a city usually revolve around staying in a rented flat. Last time I stayed in London I stayed in a dingy place and I think it contributed to my dislike of the city at that time. Our place was lovely, but this time the weather and the amount of human beings per square foot, probably made me not like it as much as other places I visited this summer! I suppose I'm just a hermit!

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  13. omg this makes my heart ache!

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  14. such beautiful photos, it would have been a great time to visit, right around the jubilee and the olympics, despite the crowds everyone would have been in high spirits and it looks like there were decorations all over the city!

    and that's a great idea to stay with a family, i'd never even thought of doing that before (aside from staying with people i actually know or that my friends do) but it makes a lot of sense when you're staying in an unfamiliar city because it was also SO helpful to stay with people when i'm away because they give you all sorts of useful tips about public transport, etc.

    i'm sad to hear it's the last of your travel posts though, i've enjoyed them so much!

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    1. We visited right between the Jubilee and the Olympics so it wasn't that crazy yet - although still super crowded! We rented from Air Bnb which is a website where you can rent rooms from families. They actually have some super swanky places and it's not much of a compromise at all! Thanks for all your lovely comments throughout the trip, it was so lovely to share the experience :)

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  15. every single post I read from you I think, no I want to go THERE! You capture every where you go so beautifully! I know I said this before but so happy I discovered your little gem of a blog!
    Good luck with the start of school!
    xo Hannah

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    1. Thank you Hannah, that is so sweet to say! I need the luck for school and I'm glad I can stir up a bit of wanderlust. I get it almost all the time from other photos on the web too haha x

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  16. hi lady! i tagged you for the liebster award. you can check it out here: http://kristinebazan.blogspot.com/2012/08/stuck-inside.html

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  17. Aww at least you had these amazing adventures and you have these wonderful pictures to always reflect on your travels! I adore your pictures as ever sweetpea! I hope you aren't bombarded with work as soon as your classes start! xxx

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  18. You're travel pictures are the best, makes me want to go somewhere!

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  19. you take such lovely pictures~ What kind of camera do you use?

    -liv
    http://chocolivlovelaugh.blogspot.kr

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