LONDON PHOTO DIARY

03 Aug LONDON PHOTO DIARY

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I am so excited to finally be posting my (very overdue) travel diaries from my Europe trip.  How is it possible that I came home nearly 2 months ago?!  It feels like yesterday and a lifetime ago all at the same time.
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This trip was the biggest and most exciting I’d ever been on.  For 4 weeks, we traversed 6 countries, took 10 flights and drove 2,000km around Iceland.  It took me 30 years to finally make it to Europe, and I can’t believe it took me so long.  It definitely won’t be the last, I’m already dreaming about what countries to go to next…
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First up was London.  We stayed in a charming little Airbnb in Notting Hill, and I felt at home right away.  I kind of got a Sydney vibe from London (minus the sunny weather), and it had a pleasant mix of newness and familiarity.
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My favourite things we did in London:
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Dinner at Sketch – where all my pink dreams came true.  The food was amazing too!  I made the mistake of booking our dinner reservation for the night we arrived, and we were a bit tired and jetlagged to really appreciate it.  It wasn’t until we got back to our Airbnb that I realised we hadn’t gone to the famous bathrooms at all!
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Columbia Road Flower Markets – as you know, I love a good flower market, so I was excited to check this out.  Apart from the crushing crowds (which I don’t do well with at all), I loved the vibe and of course the gorgeous flowers.
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Sandeman’s Walking Tour – this was recommended to me by my friend Sam and I’m so glad we did it.  It’s free (you just tip the guide what you think it’s worth at the end), and it was a great way to see the city and learn about the history of famous landmarks.  Our tour guide was a very entertaining German guy, and we made friends with people from all over the world in our little group.  Sandeman’s are in most European cities and I highly recommend them.
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West End – for my birthday, my in-laws bought us tickets to The Book of Mormon, which was amazing and hilarious.  It’s currently showing in Melbourne and I’d love to see it again when/if it comes to Sydney.
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Exploring Shoreditch – apart from Notting Hill, possibly my favourite area of London.  I loved the cool, laid-back vibe, the vintage boutiques and the street art.  It reminded me a lot of Newtown in Sydney.
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Peggy Porschen Cakes – of course I had to go here for the totally Instagrammable pink and floral exterior, but the cupcakes and hot chocolates were incredible, and just what we needed after a day of exploring the city.
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Next up, Paris!
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