I Didn’t Go To London For The Fish & Chips…

I wrapped up my 2 day stay in London fairly quickly with lots of picture-taking. Day one of my trip began within the robust Apple Market where ironically, not a single vendor sold apples. By mid day, I zoomed in and around Covent Garden, perusing through the sprouting stores where merchants offered prices ‘just right’ for nearly everyone’s pocket book. Seeing that covent garden was a popular tourist trap, I had a great deal of fun noticing the life around me. Street performers nearly stepping on the soles of tourists with unicycles or size 20 plus clown shoes. With all the hoopla going on around London and just normal day-to-day living, no one stepped inside one of those London phone booths for a must-have photo….at least not that I witnessed. As for myself, I fought back the urge for a selfie in the phone booth countless of times… (LAUGHING). Instead, I stepped into a lot of places to eat!

On day two, I spent a great deal capturing mid-century stones from within the mid-evil Tower of London, contemplating how I would break the glass to steal a handful of red rubies from the Crown Jewel Collection. Subsequently I would spend a lifetime in a cell and become infamously known as one of London’s thieving captives whose realized the rubies were fakes! HAH! After the few hours I spent touring The Tower, I walked along the London Bridge where it spread beautiful teal blue arches over what looked-like dark griddle oil in the river Thames below.

Through all the zigzagging and picture-taking in my two days in London, I became a ravenous tourist ready to pounce on my food like a lion on a royal coat of arms in an uproar stance. I accomplished this all without the fish & chips London is most known for. Maybe next time. For now enjoy my foodies photos below.

PING PONG

Unit 3 Quay Side E1W 1BA, Katherine Docks, London

 #020 7680 7850

 

KIMCHEE

388 Strand, London WC2R OLT

#020 7240 4515

 

Take Korean food to go or stay! I ate the spicy chicken over rice. YUMMY

Kimchee Restaurant-Take Korean food to go or stay! I ate the spicy chicken over rice. YUMMY

 

THE CROWN

33 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1BH

#020 7836 9121

 

 

WAHACA

66 Chandos Place London WC2N 4HG

#020 7240 1883

PRET A MANGER

Various Locations

Some additional the random pics. I hope your hungry now.

 

‘Till next time

Jeni

The Charing Cross Hotel

For anyone wishing to visit London and needing accommodations, it was recommend that I stay in the centrally located, elegantly designed and Victorian setting of The Charring Cross Hotel. The reception was very friendly by welcoming me with drinks while the concierge were very helpful for setting up excursions around the cities main attractions. My companion was right, although from his past experience, my stay was a lot better. No wifi breakdowns and nicer room at the same rate.

Below are some of my pictures taken from within and outside the hotel. If you would like more information about the hotel please click this link. I’ll share other pictures of my trip to London @ next post. Hopefully I can get back to posting more often now that I’m on hiatus from learning French in a language school. In the meanwhile, I can focus on my love for photography until I start teaching English in September and begin weekly classes at Sorbonne in October. Then I’ll really be busy and unsure about how often I’ll have a post to add to my web diary.

Soo…this is why I’m enjoying all the traveling I’m doing now! Next trip? Lux anyone?

The Charring Cross Hotel Outside

Located to London West End.

Conveniently located next to subway lines.

Conveniently located next to subway lines. 

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Corridor to lifts & lounges

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Waiting for someone?

Charming work station.

Charming work station.

 

Current Style Favorites

I just wanted to share some of my current favorite ready to wear items in which I’ve worn out these days.

The black phantom bag is my second Celine purse. (The taupe trapeze) I can’t get enough of Celine’s beautiful and streamlined styles. But owning 2 is good enough for now and especially at her hefty price tags! But have you seen her 2014 Fall collection? Oh wow! I’m eyeing the belt bag  from that collection here!

The Kooples? Think edgy and chic rolled into one. The weather has been conducive for hat-wearing and best suited for me because I don’t like carrying umbrellas. So I think the hat is the perfect compromise for both protection and style. I’m slowly corroborating more off their fashions to hang in my wardrobe. With sales current in Paris until the 29th of July, I’m expecting prices too keep dropping before fall fashions take shift. IKKS and Sandro…please!

My crime leather tennis shoes are perfect for school and walking around Paris while looking casually chic. I bought them at a boutique in my neighborhood in search of a comfortable walking shoe that also looks stylish and are worn with, let’s say a blazer or cropped jacket and for a more dressier look.

How about the over-the-top rhinestone necklace from Zara? I know its huge! Its costume. But I make it work. At least I think the necklace works for dressing anything up! I love it! When I lived in Sicily in 2012, I thought Zara was my clothing heaven. Because whilst in California, the only Zara around was in Los Angeles and so I had to order Zara online. Soooo, kinda making Zara’s clothing brand unique. I don’t know about now. You’ll have to tell me. In Europe? BIG! In Paris? There’s a Zara in every arrondissement! I usually stick with basics especially since I’ve noticed they lowered their tariff for quality and make.

Just me Jeni

Just me Jeni

Vintage Bar Cart : Deux

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While perusing through Bordeaux’s antique shops, I spotted a modern, 2 tiered glass tray top, silver boxed bar cart for 160 euro. I began to squeal in delight because of its beauty, despite the crack on the top tray, I couldn’t take my eyes off it. Until, that is, one the dealers led me further into his shop and pointed out the one you see pictured. Imagine the squeals then!

I was able to work the shop owner down to 70 euro (from 120!)

A day later…a 2 hour train ride back to Paris, a painful hail for a taxi at the hectic Montparnasse Center and carrying it up four flights of narrow spiraling steps, until the cart reached its permanent home! It will now happily serve anyone who’s in need of a drink.

 Whoohoo!

For those of you who have followed my blog since my Sicily days, you may remember the brass bar cart I bought at the Catania open air market for super cheap! It was just 23 euro! ( Travelers beware: Be ready for the price differences between Italy and France! )

For those who are curious about my former bar cart, you can see the post here @ VINTAGE BAR CART.