While I was writing this post…
I was listening to Lucas Graham – 7 Years.
I was listening to Paramore – That\’s What You Get.
I was listening to Miley Cyrus – We Can\’t Stop.
Three weeks ago, I went to London for the day.
Sure, I already went in August but I wanted to do some shopping and lose myself in this beautiful city – especially given that it\’s so different in December, mainly in the touristic zones. I wanted to get this beauty of Christmas on my blog to show it to you and to my sister who wasn\’t with me for the first time.
I went to places I already knew and I\’ve discovered places I would love to share with you. When I travel far away (well, farther than Paris), I feel like posting several posts about the place I\’m visiting so here\’s what I\’m going to write about these next few days : after the few pics of London in Christmas robes, I\’ll show you Portobello Market and then I\’ll show you what I got in London – I\’ll probably write about other things between these posts because I\’m getting pretty late in several of my reviews.
GETTING TO LONDON
I traveled with Ouibus (would you like a post about Ouibus ?) : I left Paris on Friday 2 at 11 pm and then I left London on Saturday 3 at 11.30 pm. The journey went pretty smoothly except that I was supposed to get to London at 9 am and arrived at 5 am, English time… I was a bit afraid being alone but I was able to see what London looked like when it was asleep. I also saw that there were a lot of homeless people in the streets and I saw many people in the buses – it led me to believe that the Londoners work pretty early in the morning. When I got to the Victoria Coach Station, I went straight to Oxford St, Regent St and Piccadilly Circus so I could see the Christmas decorations – I wasn\’t disappointed and I loved the giant angels from Regent\’s St to Piccadilly Circus : each was doing a different movement with its arms. I did miss the giant pinetree in Trafalgar Square because I didn\’t go there but those decorations I saw in Oxford St and Regent St were already more than enough.
THE DAY IN LONDON
I knew exactly what I wanted to do in London : I went there mainly for shopping but I had only 60 pounds and I couldn\’t get all that I would want during the day. Given that the stores I wanted to go to open at 8 am in the morning on Saturdays and that I got in London at 5 am, I stayed in buses to be safe until the sun was up and because I love to be in a bus. I intended to buy a few things in Primark, Poundworld and Superdrug – I got a few things from each store and got something from Boots too – and I managed to forget I still had 5 pounds in my pocket, which I brought back home… 😦
After doing some shopping I wanted to go to the Saatchi Gallery, a museum I love very much but I was quite early : by the end of the morning I\’d done everything I had planned to do. So, I started to walk around in places I hadn\’t planned to go like Portobello Market, Notting Hill and the Tate Modern that\’d been advised by a man in the Saatchi Gallery. In the meantime, I snapped some shots of London and slices of life and here they are…
I wasn\’t interested in the Tate Modern at all in the end : I love Modern Art but I didn\’t understand this museum, I started to be really tired and was cold because I didn\’t take my gloves with me so I got annoyed quickly – the next time I go to London, I\’ll try another museum. I did love the fact that the Tate Modern is near the Thames because in the Christmas time, it\’s really lively near the Thames.
I found a man near the Tate Modern who offered his own poems and you could make a donation if you wanted to. I took two that led me to believe that this man was religious ; I read them once I got home.
While walking towards Big Ben and the London Eye, I found this mini-van where I bought mini donuts this summer and that my sister and I really liked. This time, I thought I was broke since I\’d given my last pence to the man with the poems and I still had a lot of food in my backpack anyway – I prefer to take food with me when I travel, it\’s less expensive that way and I can use money for something other than food.
THE CHRISTMAS MARKET
Near the Thames, there were full restaurants, friends, a roller skate rink and a Christmas Market. I\’m a big fan of Christmas Market – there were many creations and food booths and there were many people there still whereas I went at about 8.30 pm.
I left soon after the Christmas Market near the London Eye – I was starting to be really cold and exhausted. My bus left London at 11.30 pm but I was at the Victoria Couch Station two hours before so I could rest a bit. I was broke and exhausted and I was afraid to miss my bus… The last thing I saw in London is the beautiful Big Ben. I cannot wait to go back with more energy and more money ! Have you ever been to London ? Do you like this city ?
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