London Diaries #2

Third week – whoosh! – just flew by. Guys, if this keeps going like this, I won’t see those three months run past me. Every single morning, I wake up and think: “Stop lazing around, get up and make the most of it!”

I think Saturday was my fullest day so far… and the most spontaneous one. The morning was pretty cloudy but it didn’t stop me from enjoying my improvised sightseeing! So, I finally decided to jump on the bus 53 from Charlton to Westminster. I figured it might be a nice change of scenery. Once I got to Westminster, I went for a very long and slow walk, taking pictures here and there.

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Big Ben surrounded by a sea of tourists. Casual, right?

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Typical cloudy London. Hey, it’s part of its charm. 😉IMG_3487

One day, I’ll just have to experience the view from the London Eye.IMG_3492

Westminster Abbey: the architecture will always amaze me.IMG_3490

I really wanted to visit Westminster Abbey… until I saw the queue outside. Not brave enough to face it! 😀

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Dickensian landscape, with Big Ben hiding around the corner.

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I stumbled upon Victoria Tower Gardens, a quite little corner away from the crowd of tourists. I sound so anti-tourist, don’t I? I assure you I’m not. I’m only against very rude and reckless ones. 😉

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The Houses of Parliament: view from the Victoria Tower Gardens.IMG_3506

Of course I just had to come across Burberry… *sigh*.

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Yet another little quiet corner I stumbled upon: St John’s Gardens.IMG_3509

Just peaceful. The only sound were the birds singing. Pure bliss.IMG_3514

This was the moment where I went: “Where are all the Londoners?” It was weird seeing quiet, empty streets.IMG_3515

Then, I decided to head towards Victoria Station because I wanted to try out another Korean restaurant (also recommended by Antonia) which is called Lime Orange and may I say they’ve got some pretty amazing stuff! I was so hungry I didn’t even bother to write down what I ordered but I promise next time I’ll give you guys more details. 😉

Here’s a very foggy picture of the second course. My phone wasn’t very cooperative… it probably hates Instagram. Yes, for the moment, Instagram is my food-pictures-sharing buddy!

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Afterwards, I wanted to head towards Portobello Market. Then I realised South Kensington is on the same underground line so I went for a stroll… Guys, remember this: South Kensington is very French-inspired because many French people live there… which means French food! And French food also means baguettes, patisseries, macarons and everything that rhymes with them! Very dangerous area, if you ask me…

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I might check this Institut Français, they seem to host some pretty interesting events! And if you’re ever in the mood for a French movie, this is the right place. 🙂

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Loving the white buildings, impregnated with light and the black fences. I definitely have a thing for architecture, it defines a city in so many ways.IMG_3526

The Natural Science Museum, where you can also visit the Butterfly House. I remember visiting this with one of my best friends three years ago. Such an amazing show of colours! It’s actually a butterfly exhibition, with tropical butterflies from all around the world, which – I think – is organised every summer. Worth visiting it! 🙂IMG_3528

The Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle. IMG_3532

Aaand here we are! Portobello Road, on my way to Portobello Market! I’ve been here once but since I didn’t have a lot of time to see it, I decided to have a proper tour!

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Portobello Market used to be one of London’s secrets until the movie “Notting Hill” made it extremely famous. IMG_3537

*sigh* Don’t you just love those bright or pastel-coloured houses? Thinking of French macarons, all of a sudden. Why do I always have to think about food?

Basically, Portobello Market is the perfect vintage paradise! Of course, I didn’t have time to see all of it. I think I might even book a whole day just for it! Unfortunately, I didn’t have the chance to take any decent pictures of all the things you can find there. You can find everything: food, cups of tea, vintage bags, old telephones, old cameras, jewellery… you name it! This might be my new favourite place!

Well, guys, I think this pretty much sums up how I spent last Saturday… hope you enjoyed this and… stay tuned for more! The list of things to see in London is getting bigger and bigger! 🙂

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London Diaries #1

All right, so, it’s been two full weeks since I came here and I’m still trying to wrap my mind around it! Amazed by London too much? Yes. Annoying people with this? Maybe. Feeling guilty about it? No!

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After two weeks of being in London, I finally get out at Westminster Station and… Why, hello, Big Ben! Nice to see you again!

This second week was rather busy as I’ve had plenty of things to do at work.What I really love about this internship is that I never do the same things and of course I learn a lot of things along the way, even little tricks and tips. Also, the weather has been lovely… perhaps a little bit too much? Who said it was impossible to get a tan in London? This weather also reminds me of last year in Siena, where I was complaining at first because the air was suffocating but then I got used to it and didn’t want to leave anymore!

Apart from work, I’ve also had the chance to go out and explore the city a bit more. Last Wednesday, I met two lovely interns and we spent the evening in Southbank, having drinks and just chatting about all sorts of thing. If you’re into people-watching, then Southbank is ideal! On Friday, after work, I went for a walk from Westminster to Tottenham Court Road. I didn’t get as many pictures as I should have… maybe because I was too absorbed by everything around me! Gotta work on that…

Now, moving on to the best worthy news of all: I have finally tried Korean food! Antonia, if you happen to read this: a major thank you! 😀 Antonia is a huge fan of Korean food (well, food in general, actually) and has also created a blog about it. Basically, her aim is to try every Korean restaurant in Zone 1, in London. I say it’s a pretty fantastic idea! Wait til you see what Kimchi is all about…

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Nothing but healthy and tasty food! Now, all I want to do is run to the closest Korean restaurant and have some of this! #callmecrazy

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On my way back home from work. It’s always nice to go on the upper bus deck (yes, I’m still a kid about this) and discover new things! If you’re not brave enough to walk in London, take the bus and enjoy the view! 

You might have noticed that I’m slightly more active on Twitter and Instagram. You know these times where you forget your camera and have no choice but to take pictures with your phone? Long live Android apps for fast-sharing! 🙂

This weekend I’ve been meaning to go to Hampstead Heath, but unfortunately, the Northern Line was closed and had no way of getting there… But I still have plenty of time! 🙂  I’m planning lots of things for the next weekend (which, hopefully, won’t be this hot): visit London Sea Life, the Museum of London Docklands, maybe check out Brick Lane and explore Charlton Village (which is 10 minutes away). Somehow, Charlton makes me think of the Charleston…

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London’s fast pace makes me want to make the most of those three months even more! You don’t become a Londoner overnight, but I have a feeling I can almost get there (let’s not be modest). After all, if you’re open to everything that London has to offer, it will welcome you with open arms!

Stay tuned for more London Diaries, ladies and gents! 🙂

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