Saturday, April 17, 2010

lovely london

luckily enough steve and i were able to enjoy or whole trip in northern europe - and make it home - before the volcano erupted and caused chaos in airports all over the continent.  we even managed to catch a train back to cannes during a strike that's been lasting days.  whoo hoo!

our first stop on the trip was london.  we've both been before, and have seen the major tourist sites, so we were able to spend a bit more time simply enjoying our own language and wandering around. 
after 8 months in france it's a mental vacation to know exactly what people say in the street, how to read directions/newspapers/graffiti, menus without having to think about it!!

we spent a lot of time in bookshops, shopping and eating foods we missed.  i'm slightly embarassed that our first meal outside of france was airport burger king.  but onion rings! haha
i also was able to meet with charlotte, a happy mail partner of mine - but that will get its own post.
without further delay - some fave snaps of london :)
i found the lomo store completely by accident, while steve was trying on a pair of shoes. !! 
i tested an adapter and diana lens with my 5d - on the fence about if it's worth getting - didn't buy it there. first shot is with my usual lens, others with the diana fisheye.

 this bus driver called me over to take a picture of him, and then wanted a kiss for payment.
uh, no thanks.

yay, we're cute!
cheerio :)


  1. Mmmmm... I <3 England! London is so charming. So happy you were able to enjoy your time in an English speaking country... I totally understand the mental-vacation thing.

  2. Oh, and I wanted to ask.. Where are you from originally and where do you live now? Not cause I am a creep, but because you are obviously a travel bug like me and it sounds like you have lived a few places. Hey.. look at that.. I'll formspring you.

  3. Those are great. I am so pleased you had a good time and lovely weather!

    We are definitely an island here. Still no flights as I type this.

    Take care. xxx

  4. I'm so glad you got to enjoy your trip without disruption. Also - I love onion rings ;)

  5. ahh london! i'm glad you had a nice time! such lovely photos as well, and on your flickr too (i only just got a flickr account and am becoming slightly obseesed haha)
    and well done on your travelling luck! it's so weird seeing a plane free sky!

    Amelia of La Ville Inconnue

  6. beautiful shots! That camera store looks amazing :)
    xo cait

  7. Wow!! I envy your trip!! Lovely pictures! Saw the lomography store! Id love to have a lomocam. By the way, i see that you love photography, I had the same post about it. We discovered a strip in Manila that sells vintage cameras. Lomos, old SLRs, etc.... You might like it

    And thanks for Dropping by at my blog. Happy Saturday Sharefest!

  8. LOVE your photos... I would love to visit London again... it's been years and it's such a beautiful city!!! Glad you "escaped" the ashes from the vulcano... planes still don't fly today and they say the vulcano might "work" and spit ashes for another few weeks (!)

  9. Great pictures! Love the camera shop!

  10. aw mel this trip looks like so much fun and you meet miss charlotte i cant wait to hear about that she was my happy mail partner last month =]

    beautiful photos <3

  11. I can't wait to see photos of your meet with Charlotte! I'd love to be able to do a post about it on the happy mail blog!!!

    Love your London pics! So much fun!!!
    I got your email! I'll respond soon! This weekend has been unreal and crazy busy!
    xoxo -j

  12. haha the bus driver is hilarious ! Your pictures look wonderful :)


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