Hi everybody, I’m back! :-)
Wow, what a whirlwind. A week definitely flies by quickly but I still managed to fit in quite a bit of fun and cross off some of the things on my to-do/to-see list. Not everything though, so we’ll have to leave the rest for next time.
I’m not the best photographer, and didn’t document all the activities, so there’s lots missing, but here’s a smattering of pics from across the pond and a little taste of what happened.
Hope you enjoy and it’s good to be back. Looking forward to catching up with what you’ve been up to as well!
Thanks for visiting,
A :-) My temporary ‘hood, a neat little area called Pimlico, located in Westminster. A quiet place filled with little shops and close to a couple of tube stations. Would definitely stay there again.
The day after arriving, we headed out to Stroud, located in Gloucestershire, about 1 1/2 hours from London via train. The wedding was held at local pub and inn “The Bear,” quite an idyllic location for Sarika and Dan’s special day.
One of the coolest things I got to do this trip was meet up with my blogger friend Elaine from foodbod.wordpress.com at Borough Market. Please check out her site for inspiring recipes and stunning photography. We chatted, strolled and sampled some tasty nibbles as though we had many times before. I picked up many gifts from the market and had a delicious dosa lunch, hot and fresh off the griddle. I’d heard lots about Borough Market and agree that it’s something special. Can’t wait to visit again and I wonder what it must look like at Christmastime. Thanks again, Elaine, for coming to meet me, it was a wonderful afternoon! One of my favourite places to visit in London has always been Covent Garden. One of my London relatives asked me why and I couldn’t quite explain it. Some see the area as quite commercial and dare I say “touristy.” But for me, it’s always been a fun place to wander, where you can watch zany performers, listen to musicians, meet interesting artisans…and eat Cornish pasties. Although I was shocked to discover that my fave pastie place had moved. I’ll have to track it down next time, ha. It seems to be that one of the rites of passage for Canadians visiting London is to drop in for a pint at the Canadian pub, appropriately named The Maple Leaf. I’ve had London relatives for ten years now, but this was my first time visiting! Admittedly, the place was a bit cheesy pie, with Canadian kitsch decorating the walls – e.g. Toronto Maple Leaf jerseys, moose crossing signs, and the like – but I have to say, I had a great time there. The place is a mix between a pub, sports bar and log cabin, and has an extensive poutine menu – the Quebecois delicacy of fries, cheese curds and gravy…don’t knock it, ha! – although the kitchen was closed while I was there, so I didn’t get to sample it this time. We had a London beer – Noble? It’s quite good – in the Canadian pub, which seemed quite appropriate for us. I can see The Maple Leaf being lots of fun during the NHL playoffs or on Canada Day. Before leaving, we defaced a bit of money in the name of patriotism. The back wall of the bar is full of Canadian bills, loonies and toonies, signed by Canucks passing through. Now there’s an initialed toonie of ours up there too, to say “we were here.” All in all, it was a bit of fun and I look forward to bending an elbow there again before long. Not sure which tube station this was taken at, but it’s always fun to see touches of Canada here and there. Much like these leaves in the wind, the trip flew by!
I’m so glad you had a nice time. I’m really really sorry I totally forgot to send you the name of the place we had afternoon tea. I actually started typing the message but by the time I was on my way home I had started to develop a migraine which I had the rest of the weekend. Wiped my memory clear (not difficult these days).
Lovely pictures :-) I love Covent Garden too. And they have a Ben’s Cookies – such nice cookies!
Hi Claire! No worries at all! I still feel awful about us not being able to meet up. But I’ll be back around xmastime, so maybe I can meet you somewhere halfway or something like that! I’ll be staying for longer next time and there won’t be a wedding to travel to, so the trip won’t be as rushed. I’m so sorry to hear about your migraine! But I’m pleased that you had a lovely afternoon tea with your mates. I still thinks it’s quite cool that we were both in London at the same time! :-) I’ll have to try Ben’s Cookies next time, for sure.
Don’t worry. It always takes far longer than I imagine to get across London. It takes as long for my friend who lives in south-west London to get into the centre as it does for me to come all the way from Rugby – madness!
Afternoon tea is always lovely. I should try to make it a regular event :-)
That’s exactly what was it was! I always think things will be fast because of the tube, but then there are the crowds and delays and whatever else. Sigh. :-) Making afternoon tea a regular thing sounds perfect! In the end, we didn’t have time to fit it in, but fingers crossed for next time!
Ok I am stuck at, you met Elaine! 2 people I would love to meet, you and Elaine!!!!!!! So glad you told us all about your trip and showed up pictures xxx
Ha ha, yes Elaine and I were able to meet up! Isn’t it great?!! It would have so fun to have you there too, Lynn. :-) I’m so glad that you enjoyed the recap and pics. It was a fun trip! xo
It was amazing to see!
Yay! Lovely to see more of your trip, I’m so glad I was a part of it :) looking forward to Christmas already!! xx
I’m so glad that we got to hang out too, it was awesome! I’m looking forward to xmas too!! xo :-) The way time hass been moving these days, it’ll be here before we know it.
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Wow, thanks so much for the reblog, Lynn! Thanks so sweet of you! :-) xoxo
You’re amazing!!! :-)
I certainly enjoyed seeing your photos. I would love to visit London and hope to someday. What a neat thing that you have family there and to meet up with a fellow blogger also :)
Thanks so much for dropping by! It was fun to share a few snapshots of the trip. London has certainly grown on me over the past ten years and I’m looking forward to visiting again at Christmas. Meeting a fellow blogger was so much fun! I think it’s the kind of thing a lot of us want to do but perhaps shy away from. I’ve done this sort of thing a couple of times now and so far only good experiences to report! :-) Hope you’re well!
Sounds just wonderful. I am doing great and hope you are likewise…happy weekend!
I lived in Pimlico’s Claverton Street for a year in the early ’70s
Welcome back my friend, Wow ! what a nice little trip you had, sounds like it was fun, fun, fun. I have never been to London, so really enjoyed your pic’s….I hope I get there one day Haha…time goes so fast, so who knows ! (and yes, I am super behind again, on all my blog reading…just been one of those weeks ! )
Hi Lynne! It’s so good to hear from you, thanks for dropping in! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the pics, I wish I had taken more good ones to share, but I guess I was a bit rushed and I’m one of those people who would prefer to focus on the experience at hand. But still, I hope to do a better job at Christmas. I’ve only been to London once at Christmastime and it was lovely with all the displays. How have you been? Anything new? Ha ha no worries, I’m sooo behind on my blog reading too. I promise to drop in to yours today and see what you’ve been up to. Happy Sunday to you and hope all is well! :-) xo
:-) All good my side thanks. Just trying to keep up with the blogging world Hahaha :-)