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Monday, September 23, 2013

London in Still Frames

This weekend, I finally had a chance to upload our photos from our trip to London. We took several hundred photos and I uploaded quite a few of them to Facebook, but I wanted to share a more edited version with you guys, showing some of the highlights of our trip. The first time we went to London in September of 2009, we really lucked out with the weather-- think 70 degrees and sunny everyday without a drop of rain. We didn't get quite as lucky on this trip and with the exception of a few glimpses of sun here and there, we experienced quintessential London weather-- cold and rainy throughout our trip. Luckily, we were prepared and we were in one of our favorite cities in the world, so we didn't let the damp weather put a damper on our fun! 

We saw a lot of London's famous sights and enjoyed a more relaxed pace this time around. Highlights of our trip include a visit to the Victoria & Albert Museum which skyrocketed to the top of my list of favorite museums, afternoon tea at The Wolesely-- a gorgeous restaurant designed by David Collins and housed in an historic building, shopping at Liberty of London and Fortnum & Mason, partaking in pub life, and a second visit to the Tower of London. I am always blown away by the elegant architecture throughout the city, the rich history everywhere you turn, and the cleanliness of this vibrant metropolis, made even better in a time when William, Kate, and Prince George are at the height of their popularity. Fabian and I had a wonderful trip and look forward to visiting London again in the future!

{The London Eye and the River Thames}

{Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament}

{Westminster Abbey}

{Trafalgar Square}

{The National Gallery}

{An Elegant Crescent of Townhouses in Westminster}

{The Royal Courts of Justice}

{Contrast of Old and New: Highrises in the City behind The Tower of London in the Foreground}

{Fabian at the Tower of London}

{The exact spot where Anne Boleyn was beheaded in 1536 at the Tower of London}

{Billionaire's Row next to Kensington Palace}

{Kensington Palace}

{Queen Victoria's Wedding Dress-- I was shocked to see how tiny she was. I'd be surprised if she was five feet tall. Kensington Palace currently has a great fashion exhibition showcasing the gowns of Queen Elizabeth, Princess Margaret, and Princess Diana.}
{Stunning Portraits of Princess Diana and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge by Mario Testino}

{Somerset House}

{Tudor Architecture at Liberty of London}

{I love this building near Buckingham Palace!}

{The Wolesely-- So gorgeous!}

{Afternoon Tea at The Wolesely}

{Rainy Day at the V&A Museum}

{Furniture Exhibit at the V&A}

{St. Paul's Cathedral-- I prefer it over Westminster Abbey. It isn't quite as historic, but it is so stunningly beautiful.}

{St. James' Park}

{Gardens at Buckingham Palace}

{Buckingham Palace}


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Dhalia Edwards said...

Simply beautiful images.


Silje said...

Amazing scenery and pictures :)

Heidi said...

Looks like an amazing trip. London is definitely on my list of places to go and visit.

jackie jade said...

gorgeous photos! london is my fave city in the world and i lived there for a bit after college. i had a horrible camera at that time though and i'm sad about how awful my photos are haha. just means i need to make a trip back!
-- jackie @ jade and oak

Loribeth Clark said...

Your pictures brought back some lovely memories. I was in London this time of year seven years ago, and I loved it. I went to many of the places in your pictures. Hope you're having a wonderful time!

Karena said...

Dear Paloma, these iconic images of London bring back so many memories!

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Amanda said...

wow!! beautiful! looks like you guys had great weather too! When we were there in May last year it rained every day except the last day.

Amanda said...

wow!! beautiful! looks like you guys had great weather too! When we were there in May last year it rained every day except the last day.

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Colette (Coco) said...

London is just so lovely. You've captured it well. There's so much history there and just so much to do and see. It's such a charming place.
I miss it!
PS - Have you been to Arancina in Notting Hill? My husband & I had breakfast there years ago during our last visit to London...

Unknown said...

Oh, I have the fondest memories for London, my favorite city by far. Glad you paid a visit to Anne Boleyn. :) Lovely pics, all of them.

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

Great pics and I hope you enjoyed the Wolseley!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos and amazing architecture! Love.

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