On my recent visit to spend Christmas with my man in Kent as usual we nipped to London… The sun shone as we walked around Kensington, and the winter wonderland in Hyde Park, watched the ice skaters slipping and sliding at the tower, passed by a peaceful protest, travelled on big red buses, drank beer in old pubs, and hot chocolate in Starbucks. Popped into the photographer’s gallery and even spotted a celebrity!
When my youngest son arrived having taken his first international flight alone we spent New Years day in London again, watching the New Years parade and taking in the Camden markets. It threw it down all day. But it did not dampen our spirits …taking shelter from time to time by dashing into cosy cafes for coffee to warm our hands whilst we savoured the drink.
A week or so later, again in London….. I just cannot get enough of the place…. I took my son to see”American Psycho” starring the incredible Matt Smith. He, my son had read the novel by Bret Easton Ellis and was excited to experience his first London play, and intrigued to see how American Psycho became American psycho the musical…!!! But he wasn’t disappointed…and neither was I. We chatted about it afterwards for days.
Did you know that most of the theatres in London sell “on the day tickets” for a fraction of the price. Draw back being you have to get up very early! But I saw it as part of the experience. We arrived at the Almeida Theatre at 6am one Wednesday morning and already a queue! Doors opened at 11… in the mean time you pop up the umbrella, chat to the other mad crazy fans lined up from all over the world and drink lots of coffee! We were lucky enough to get seats and for only 10 pounds each!!
Then my eldest son flew in from Boston and guess what we did…. yep we had another day in London….. did I mention I love the place. We again strolled through Kensington to the The Victoria and Albert museum to see the the fashion throughout the 80’s exhibition (my eldest son is studying art and fashion at uni). I cringed at the thought of some of the things we wore back then. I also managed to see one of my photography hero’s, Richard Young’s work, at his gallery. I was even given his book!! Then we went off to Notting Hill (Alas, I didn’t see Hugh Grant or Julia Roberts) and strolled through the Portobello markets and then back on the tube for dinner in Leicester Square.
I saw a lot more of my soon to be new home town of Maidstone too this time. What a pretty place it is….orchards, country pubs, rivers (most over flowing at the time), deer, castles and even a pantomime… oh yes I did!
We also discovered the beautiful city of Canterbury, the quaint seaside town of Hastings and I took Graham to see my home town of Manchester…to meet my best friends where local beers were tested, approved and noted for next time.
I did manage to see Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts on the plane home!! No not in economy class but on the screen… not the best choice of film when I had just left the man I love behind again… but not for long now!!
As per most of my travel blogs (not that I have travelled too far yet) I cannot walk past a window, or door without stopping everyone in their tracks and pointing my lens and of course they always feature the men in my life and usually a tardis.