Monday, July 30, 2012

{my trip in photos: london 2012}

Happy Monday! Hope you had a marvelous weekend and are ready to face a new week ...

This weekend I finally began to sort through my photos of my European getaway, and I thought I would break up my posts by city. So here first is my view & list of must-see's in London-town, merely two weeks before the festivities of the Olympics began {all images taken by me, my dad, and brother - it was a family effort!}


A view of Big Ben - did you know the name actually refers to the BELL inside of the tower, and not the clock itself?

We stayed at the Lancaster Gate Hotel pictured below. A very picturesque & safe area, I would definitely recommend it. I loved that everything was black & white, with pops of red from flowers, to shiny buses, to the iconic and oh-so-charming telephone booths.



I'd recommed bringing along a classic trench coat, and as many pretty scarves as you can pack {layering is key in a city that experiences rain, wind, and sun all in a matter of hours}. I kept a small umbrella tucked in my purse at all times! Couldn't risk that flat-ironed hair getting wet after all ;)


Buckingham palace is a sight to see with all of it's grandeur and opulence! I loved all the little details. You can catch the changing of the guards every morning in the summertime.


A hit of neon in the streets ...


The newly iconic London Eye is the perfect high viewing point to capture a photo or two of the historic Parliament building and the great River Thames.



And speaking of history, another must-see ... Westminster Abbey. The details are nothing short of glorious! Everything is on a massive scale, the pictures can't quite do it justice.


Getting prepped for the games: I felt lucky to be there in a time when excitment could be felt in the air!


Another recommendation: book tickets ahead of time to watch a Shakespearean play in the open-air replica Globe theatre {Something I wish we could have done but I didn't know about ahead of time!}. It's been made to the exact specifications of the original playhouse, and it's the only remaining thatched roof since the Great Fire of London in 1666.


Oh, and of course it was also fantastic to simply roam the streets and take it all in, especially in a place where even the street-lamps are elaborate and glamorous!


Have you been to London recently? What a beautiful place filled with history. Anything else to add to this list? I'll recap Paris & Rome this week as well; each place was so different & so wonderful in it's own way.


14 comments:

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

So fun to see your snaps and read about your London experiences, Nancy! Thanks for posting :) Cheers from London!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Awesome potos! I love how in London the old is mixed with the new!

Vanessa@decor happy said...

Great photos Nancy! Seems like you had a great time. Your hotel looks beautiful. I was born in London but haven't been back in decades! Would love to visit again!

emily@boxwoodclippings.com said...

So glad you had a good time in London, isn't it the greatest?! Last time I lived in London I was there for a year and still didn't get to see everything I wanted...so homesick right now!

Heart of Gold said...

London is such a gorgeous city, thank you for sharing these photographs.

xo
alison

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Tracey Ayton Photography said...

Hey Nancy
Those pics are great!! It must have been nice to be in London when the city is all squeaky clean in preparedness for the Olympics. I love where you stayed, it looks fabulous. I remember when Jay & I went to London on the first leg of our honeymoon, we stayed at the Rasool Inn. Nothing short of a closet with a WC. The guy at the desk kept asking if we wanted gas or no gas for our complimentary water ....... we're like .... oh no glass, he's like no, no, no gas or no gas? Finally after a minute or so we figured out do we want carbonated or non- carbonated water. Geeeez

Sheila @sZinteriors said...

I haven't been recently, but was in London 12 years ago in July! Never did I see a neon phone booth - when did those come about? And I only observed the London Eye from the ground - didn't go up in it, regretfully. Wow, your photo from the top is just beautiful! We arrived late in the day, and after checking into our hotel, my first London experience was walking on the Tower Bridge - exhilarating!!! Definitely want to go back, and soon :-)

Tonya said...

I never knew that London could have such blue skies and fluffy white clouds. It just makes your pics. Great job on the pics by the way! Can't wait to see your pics of Rome and Paris!

Segreto Secrets said...

You lucky girl and to be there at such a special time!! Loved the post made me feel I was there too!! cheers!

Tamara Thompson said...

So awesome! Wish I was there and will not be going to Rio but I am hoping to, someday, make it to the hosting nation!

Tabitha said...

I will never tire of London, it then LA are my favourite cities in the world.

Nancy said...

These are beautiful pictures and a lovely reminder of my trip there in 2000. Hasn't changed much! ( At least the historical part.) Go team USA!
Nancy
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How2home said...

Great photos Nancy! Looks like you're having a really good time in London! So jealous :)

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