Monday, August 23, 2010

my london neighborhood...

After a long & sleepless night, due to two wild, crazy & fun
Irish women going home from their holiday and trying to
talk us into foregoing London and coming straight to
Ireland where "we would have far more fun"
I was giddy with excitement at my first view of London.
And needless to say the moment I stepped foot in London
I was in love with it - what a wonderful place.  I truly
didn't scratch the surface of places I wanted to go, but
I enjoyed every place that I stepped foot in there and
look forward to returning again!

This was my London home for 8 nights and it was such a
lovely, warm & cozy place to stay - loved everything about it!

What I like to do when I go to a new place is to get a feel
for my neighborhood, as I love to explore and feel like it
is truly my home while I am there - so I will take you on
a little tour of our surrounding area.  Most of these photos
are mine, so all of you photo buffs - no judging please..haha..

That dark green facade where that person is walking was
where we would usually start our day with cappaccinos and
breakfast. They usually had tables with umbrellas out front
and on the days that it wasn't raining - which we had 3 or 4
it was wonderful to just sit and watch all the hustle and bustle.

This was just a pretty office building across the street

The British Museum with all the cabs.  We didn't take one
cab the whole time we were there, but I sure got a kick out of
all the colorful cabs that were literally EVERYWHERE.  If you
can't catch a cab in London, you can't catch one ANYWHERE.

This was one of MANY pubs that we visited. They are near and
dear to my heart, as I met my guy in an English pub here in
Southern California.  We had a wonderful time meeting &
talking to alot of people from all over the world, believe it or not!

This is such a cool way to get around if you're going somewhere
nearby and want to get a little exercise in besides walking.  You
can rent these and drop them off at locations all over the city.  I
also noticed that they had these in Paris too! 

The gorgeous Russell Square - which I spent quite a bit of time
sitting on those benches and relaxing.  I am normally a get up
and go girl, but this trip I did alot of relaxing.  The scenery was
so gorgeous, I just couldn't take my eyes off of it!

Another part of Russell Square.  What I loved about London is,
there were so many little squares & parks & plaza's - just places
to sit and watch the world go by, read, relax or meet up with friends

Love, love, love all the flowers everywhere - just beautiful!
So there you have it - my London neighborhood.  Isn't it fab?
More to come soon!


Tracy said...

It's gorgeous, cathi! I love your photos! Thanks for sharing.

jociegal said...

Oh I love London. Such a beautiful city!!! Great pictures.

Simone said...

Just fabulous Cathi, you are almost making me want to go home! Only almost tho, got a few more beach days to go :)

Glad you had such a great trip :) xo

Michelle said...

Gorgeous pics Cathi! I have never seen those hire-a-bike kiosks before - so cool! Looking forward to the next lot. xo

A Tale of Two Cities said...

I assume you stayed near the British Museum??? Sure looks like a nice building--how were the rooms?

Glad you had such a great time!

Lori said...

Oh Cathi ~ I love your London neighborhood!! What wonderful photos you took ~ cannot wait to see and hear more about your trip.

Gail said...

I loved your neighborhood! Great pictures and sounds like a super vacation! Glad you were able to get Alex over there. Where's the next trip?

*Simply Colette* said...

How fantastic! Those are great. Their cabs are adorable! I love the idea of those bikes, Paris has them too. Makes transportation so much fun! xoxo

JennyMac said...

Absolutely wonderful! So glad the trip was smashing (insert British slang for

I went to school at Cambridge and LOVED London. Would have loved it more staying in your fab place.

Celeste said...

the second photo is so dreamy! how lovely!

Gigi said...

I'm so glad that you liked Bloomsbury! It is like a second home to me--and I just knew you would love Russell Square!

I won't be back in London until next summer, so it's good to soak up your lovely photos!

xoxo Gigi


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