The Palace

I have never seen so many rad venues and theatres. This was just one of them where Noah & the Whale performed as well as where I saw “Singin’ in the Rain” close to the end of my stay in London. 

Yashica, TL-Super

Cheers, 

Ali

hello london lights

from the top floor of the Centre Point building

35mm with my Yashica

cheers, 

    Ali

Some overexposed but too great not to post film photos for you.

Taken on Primrose Hill with my TL-Super Yashica with 35mm film

Cheers, 

       Ali

High Tea with fine people || [from the left] Julian, Courtney, Sina, Ali, Natalie, & Matt

Inn The Park is a quaint bakery and tea shop in St. James Park near Buckingham Palace. There was a quiet pond with swans right outside the window and a large wrap around porch with many older ladies in extravagant hats. 

When in London, please do yourself the favor of experiencing high tea no matter where it is. It is a delightful time of endless tea, sugar cubes, champaign, crumpets, finger sandwiches, and everything else that comes to mind when thinking “tea party”.

 This was one of the times we felt most a part of London. Though this is a very traditional experience that apparently isn’t a part of the daily lives of Londoners, we felt ever more a part of the wonderful city partaking in it.

Pictures taken with TL-Super Yashica on 35mm film

Nat & Ali 

The Free People blog suggested Columbia Road Flower Market, so to the market we went.  Via double decker, of course.  Columbia Road is in the east side of town which is terribly hip and adorable.  Ali was still recuperating from her Ireland trip, so Courtney, Alex, and I went.  We were foolish to sleep in, because as you can see, it was paaaaacked.  But the fact that the city had a market dedicated completely to flowers made my heart so happy.  As much as I lovelove buildings (I feel guilty saying that), you can’t beat these natural beauties.  My flat and wallet weren’t conducive to flower purchases, but I still enjoyed being there.  There was street performers with accordions, walk-up coffee windows, SO many flower vendors, and some great Spanish food.  We should have gone back to experience the stores we passed, too.  It was kind of impossible to go in them because of how completely crowded it was, but I’d suggest the trip on a non-market day.  Or, not to sleep in beyond all better judgement.  London is not a city that never sleep.  London goes to bed, and London is early to rise (with the sun at 4am).

The markets of London make it seems like the city is a community, and I love that.  I love that the city has so much to offer.  Even the public transportation makes me feel like I am a part of London.  I will always own that feeling and treasure it.  These cloying words of mine will never really do that justice.

Cheers,

Natalie

Southwark Cathedral, a view of the The Thames, The London Tower, & The London Bridge.

After going to Borough Market (where the picture of Southwark Cathedral was taken) one Thursday a few weeks into our stay in London, we noticed that we had not seen the London Bridge or the London Tower. So, since we were already pretty East, we trudged through the rain to see both of them and to our surprise the sky cleared away to reveal a blue that almost matched the paint on the London Tower. It wasn’t a long trip, especially compared to the length of the tube ride back to our flat, but it was quite enjoyable none the less. London never stopped getting larger and larger while we were there. It was amazing to me that if we wouldn’t have sought out these things in the huge city, we might never had found them. But, that’s the explorers code I guess.  

Cheers,

Ali

 Outside of Canterbury Cathedral

Where the flowers still grow when it’s deceivingly cold.

important life events.  actually using king’s cross station was everything i hoped it would be.  besides the fact it was actually missing a lot of things.  we all move on.

The two of us have quite a few photos from Scotland, so we’ll get back to those.  But for now, here’s a bit of our hike up Arthur’s Seat to view Edinburgh.  It was quite dreary and rainy.  Even though many moments were that way, I can’t help but look back on them and wish I was there again.  No matter how many moments were not ideal, I will always long for these days.

Scotland lived up to my expectations in every way- including kilts and very strange food.  It actually exceeded them, with traditional dancing and amazing (not overuse- I was amazed) twilight city views.  This country is as dreamy as it gets.  We met many charming people.  The accent definitely helps, but the bookshop owner who gave us a copy of his favourite book by virtue of the fact that it was his favourite was even more charming.  A hidden gem.  Let’s all go back.  Now.

Cheers,

Natalie

Here’s to the best ice cream I have ever had. Made of goat’s milk from New Zealand, this is the creamiest, richest, most wonderful bit of cream I have yet to put in my mouth. Salted caramel and dark chocolate was our particular favourite combination. Yet another reason why Borough Market is again the best. Though it was South of the river and quite far from our flat, we made the trek to Borough Market every Thursday after we discovered it. I felt as though a true Londoner here at the market. That was my favourite part of my whole trip. 

Cheers, 

Ali

People: Alli (not me), Courtney, Natalie

Pictures by Natalie & Ali, Canon EOS Rebel T3

♥CAYLO