Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Walking Tour of Knightsbridge and Sloane Square

Harrods Shoe Heaven

I was on a mission today to get out early.  Still being jetlagged it's easy to be on the road by 7.30am.  We hopped on the tube and engulfed by peek hour commuters,  made our way to Knightsbrige.  The crush of people is at times overwhelming.

Harrods did not open until 10am, so I didn't get to see the new Shoe Heaven on the 5th floor, but if the window dressings are anything to go by, it really is heaven up there.




After some window shopping at Harrods, we popped across to the Columbian Embassy to pay our respects to Julian Assange.  The place was teaming with police and I asked one if Julian was coming out today. "No" was the answer, so there was nothing further to see in this depressing human rights tragedy and we moved on.


We were even too early to grab a coffee at this cute little French bistro on the same street as the embassy.  Clearly my little photo bomber didn't need any coffee to perform.



We saw a lovely park at the end of the street and thought we'd take a look inside, but alas it was locked and only for the use and enjoyment of those living around it.  Try explaining that to 2 Aussie kids, who are used to having wide open spaces where everyone is at liberty to use them.  There were proposals of jumping the fence, but we are not  that uncouth.


They were beautiful gardens, but we could only peer over the fence in awe.



The town houses in Kightsbridge and Sloane Square precinct are as lovely as their gardens.



Alot of the area is being reconstructed, using the facades only, as you can see in this shot.


Below is an example of how well they are rebuilding the bits that are missing.  After a few years of weathering, it will be impossible to tell the old from the new.


There's the photo bomber again.  She won't take no for an answer.


I loved the twisted brick chimney on this town house.


Sloane Square was amazing in terms of fashion and beauty.

I was only able to snap a small part of her style and cultural mix.


This was just a plain old shopping trolley which had been spray painted gold and it looked stunning.


This beautiful women looked even better from the front.


This group of  Valentino dresses was just stunning and I so loved the one in the back.


They are little flowers around the neckline.









The boys of course were having none of it and were more interested in the cycle hire stations, which are everywhere in London and really well patronised.


I hope you enjoyed your tour of Knightsbridge and Sloane Square.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

London Day 1


So we made it.  Twenty four hours in a plane is akin to torture, but it is so worth it.  Here is a pictorial essay of Day 1 London.  We arrived in the city at 8am and could not get into our room until 11am.  That was tricky, but we did it.  Our room is in Drury Lane Covent Garden at the budget end of the scale, but what a fabulous location it is.  Great bars, restaurants, shops, theatres and oh the atmosphere.....It's positively buzzing.  I will bring you a whole post on Covent Garden and it sure is the place to be.

We thought a river cruise would be best on our first day as we could just sit and drink it all in.  This cruise is included in our London Pass, Another full post on that soon, as it's great value.



Big Ben


The London Eye


Tower Bridge and The Belfast 


A London Bus. Two icons in one


Drury Lane There are loads of dance shops in the Thearte District where we are.


The Shard, London's newest icon.  The latest penthouse sale was 60 million pounds.  Don't be sad if you missed out.  There is a one bedroom apartment for sale for 30 million pounds.


The Gerrkin


Borris Johnson's new digs.  City Hall, affectionately known as the bike helmet.


The Thames



Battle of Britain memorial is fabulous


I love that the women are a big part of the memorial.





Tower of London


City Cruises.  Someone was really feeling it and pretty much missed the lot.


Covent Garden rocks



This will be us tonight after a bit of sleep.



Can't wait to bring you more.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Crazy Exciting Week

I am a virgo, so I am pretty organised for the trip, but my relaxed state is making me nervous.

There is also the matter of the Icelandic volcano which is threatening to erupt and subsequently shut down all the air space over Europe and also a sick kid.
Despite all this, I am hoping to make the plane by weeks end.  When I finally do, I will be kicking back big time.

I have not organised any posts for this week as I already feel like I am on holidays .  I think a little break now will motivate me to bring you lots of photos and posts from France and the UK from next week.

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I am hoping to keep all these platforms updated at least with shots of beautiful French food and brocante.

Speaking of French Brocante, this is how I am packing so that I have plenty of room to fit it in, on the return journey.


I also hope to pick up some clothing bargains in London.

And this is how I will gain access to those suitcases more easily.
Colour coded padlocks.  


Life is all about experience and memory making for me now.  Although I always want to live in nice surroundings, the house is secondary to me these days. I just want to travel and drink in all life has to offer.

See you on the other side.........of the planet that is.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Beach Cottage Decor

Beach Cottage Decor

This beach cottage was rather lovely the last time it came up for sale.  The new owners then set about improving it even further.  They have enlarged the master bedroom.  The living and kitchen spaces have been transformed into a beautiful open plan space flowing out onto a deck over looking the huge north south face block of land and the pool.  This house is classic Avalon beach cottage, encompassing all that goes with the relaxed beach lifestyle.  An easy walk to village and beach completes the picture.  If you are a serious player, this lovely home is definitely worth considering.

You will find a detailed features and a floor plan here.












I hope you have a lovely weekend

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