Tuesday, July 12, 2016

London, England - Day 11

     We've made it to the last day.  The weather in London did not disappoint.  This has happened to me several times on trips where the weather was less than stellar for most of the trip, and then on the last day before leaving, the most amazing clouds emerge, and it's photo-taking heaven! This was one of those days.

     Our first stop was at city hall.  Jon wanted to photograph the inside of city hall, and after looking up some photos online, we all agreed it may be worth it. Unfortunately, once we got there, we were told that there was a meeting in session and that we wouldn't be able to get to where we needed in order to take pictures inside.  Sadness. :( 

     The day before when we first saw Covent Garden, I made a mental note to spend some time here because I found it so nice and peaceful.  I just wanted to grab a snack and a drink and enjoy the atmosphere.  For a place I'd consider touristy, Covent Garden is so relaxing.  I definitely recommend it for people watching.  
     I saw Matt drinking this in Potsdam, and decided to try it.  OMG, it is delicious!!!!! :-O  I need to go to Cost Plus World Market and find this stuff!!!

     My almond croissant with a side of hazelnut cream.  You can taste the heavenly butter used to make these.  It's almost worth gaining the two pounds you'd gain from eating this. :o) 

       Shoot first. Eat later.

     Erik and Jon's meat pies looked so good that Patty and I decided to go get some for ourselves.  It was at the lower level in a place called Battersea Pies. 

     SO.  DELICIOUS.  I can still taste it. Mmm...

     Making sure my postcards are ready to go out!  If you already got yours - you're welcome!  And if you haven't, I either didn't send you one, or the post takes super long with postcards as I discovered with postcards I sent from Germany!

     Laduree goodness. :o)

     Londonitis is ON, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't have some knick knacks I don't really need lying around hehe...

     Next stop, the transit museum!  The tube is so impressive, that I knew I would find the transit museum interesting.  However, one drawback is that you can't really sit or touch many of the vintage forms of transportation on display here.  That was one of the perks of the NYC transit museum in Brooklyn.  They had pretty much every old subway car on display and you could sit in them and take photos - all for a much lower price, too!  

     Me, Patty, and some lady I don't know LOL.

     When you are overseas, it's really weird to hear about things going on back home (such as the story that unfolded about the boy killed by an alligator at Disney World.)  You feel a bit detached from the news, and while it gave me perspective on how we view world news, it also made me understand how others might view our news at home. 

     Next stop - afternoon tea at Sketch!  I found this place through Youtube, and had always been wanting to come here.  It is definitely an interesting place!  When you first walk in, there is a hopscotch game on the floor - my kinda place! :o)

     There were red lights circulating around one of the rooms.  They were like the lights some DJs use at weddings during the dancing, but these were fewer and only in red.  They reminded me of sniper red lights.  It scared Jon.

     Tea selection.

     I loved all the quirky china they used! So cute! We found out later that for about $200, you could have your own single serving set! Needless to say, I did not come home with this LOL.

     So when the waitress was explaining how the afternoon tea works to us, we were ecstatic when she mentioned the tea and food was pretty much all you can eat.  You just ask them to bring more if you want more of anything.  We soon realized that even though the sandwiches and pastries looked small, they were quite filling.  We filled up fast.  Aside from a refill of my rose black tea, I don't think I ordered any more food.  No one else did either!

     So "clotted cream" is basically butter, we discovered.  It's delicious, fatty, rich, creamy BUTTER!!!! Mmm....

     Never underestimate the deliciousness of butter and jam. 

     When these showed up, we didn't know what to do with it.  We definitely took photos of it, but were waaaaay too stuffed to eat it all. 

     So one of the things Sketch is known for are their quirky bathrooms.  You go through these double doors and there are two staircases that wrap around a bar (see below).  When you get to the stop of the staircase, you see these white pods.  The bathroom pods are unisex, and when you go inside the pod, you hear a soundbite of a spaceship taking off.  Yeah, I know. WEIRD.  I felt like when I flushed the toilet, something else amazing might happen.  It did not.  

     That girl behind me looked at me kinda funny when I was taking photos inside, but I know she took photos, too! 

     One of the many framed sketches (get it?) lining the walls of the afternoon tea room.  You can probably guess which one was my favorite. 

     A quick stop at Poundland before going back for some rest and packing.  Seriously, this is one of London's hidden gems, I tell ya!

     Going to miss this view so much. 

     Da Water. 

     Our last night of long exposures were by Millenium Bridge.  

     It was quite some time before the sun set and we could shoot during blue hour.  I couldn't believe the trip was coming to an end.  I seriously need to find a job where someone pays me to travel and take photos of people, places, and food.  If you've got any openings, hit me up!

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