Hi everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. As I sit here and reminisce about my recent European travels, I feel so fortunate to have such good friends to have traveled with and great memories to look back on that I will cherish forever.
I’m going to pick up where Erin left off, after lunch at the delicious Sushi Samba. The group went separate ways – I stopped by Notting Hill and had some tea on that rainy afternoon before heading to my next activity.
Before going to London there was someone my friend back home connected me with. Sally is a successful calligrapher from the states and has been in London for 30 years working as a freelance calligrapher. Over wine and some small bites we discussed her journey overseas, the work she does, and her life in London now. I saw a lot of her intricate pieces of work, from cake tins to wedding invitations to her drawings on serving platters and plates. I recently took a calligraphy class so this was definitely up my alley! It is always good to talk to people and learn from them to get perspective.
Afterward, I met back up with the girls and we had dinner at a Thai Restaurant called Suda. It was a late dinner filled with delicious food and even better company!
The next few days we were in Prague and Brussels… posts on that coming later.
When we returned back from our travels, I for one was happy to be back in London. London felt like home the whole time we were there. One of my favorite times was a late night walk with another one of the girls. It was the first night we arrived and so we were a bit off schedule with time and jet lag, so we decided to take a walk.
We knew where we wanted to go, and how to get there, but I didn’t know how familiar it would be to walk the streets I once walked four years ago and what would come over me when I did it. As we walked and moved with the city, tracing our old steps, it was the most serene, peaceful feeling I can describe. We both knew what turns to take and what stairs to go down without speaking a word to each other. It was the best feeling.
The next few days were our last in London, seeing sights for the last time and soaking it all in. We explored Notting Hill on a busy Saturday afternoon when the market was lively, had lunch and a few ciders at a pub near Covent Garden, and even stopped by Twinings to pick up some tea for loved ones back home.
Our departures from London were all at different times and all a bit bittersweet; I remember a feeling of not wanting it to end but ready to get back to “reality” as they call it. London will always hold a special place in my heart. Hope you enjoy the pictures and more to come!