I was lucky enough to go to Buckingham Palace on the last day that it was open to the public before the Queen came back. The day that I went was also displaying many of her dresses as part of her 90th birthday celebrations.
We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside, but the rooms were breathtaking. the Royal Staircase was the most magical of them all.
There were paintings lining the walls, different sizes and frame types adding interest. They were all portraits of different important people, and the went all the way up to the arched ceiling which itself was engraved with beautiful angels.
I was also happy that it was sunny out when I went! Walking around the grounds behind Buckingham Palace with the sun shining was amazing. I didn’t want to leave!
Eventually I did, and made my way over to St. James Park which was right around the corner.
Did any of you get to do a tour of Buckingham Palace? What did you think? Please let me know!
This past Sunday I had the pleasure of visiting Richmond park for the afternoon. The scenery was beautiful and the chilly weather added to the fall feeling!
I had no idea how big this place was until I spent a few hours walking around and only checked out about a quarter of the grounds.
What was even more surprising was the amount of deer! I loved getting up close in the woods to a family of them, taking pictures quietly so not to startle.
All that cold be heard was the casual dropping of chestnuts from the trees above, likely shaken off by the birds.
I made it to the centre of the park where there was a large pond and old benches around its circumference. It was a great place to rest, put on some gloves and get ready to make my way back as it was getting dark.
It was a great afternoon, and I recommend going if you have the chance. It’s a lovely break from the hectic city life in more central areas of London!
Have any of you ever been to Richmond Park? What did you think? Please let me know!
There’s nothing like spending the day in Windsor to freshen up your perspective on life. That’s where I found myself last Saturday with my intern group: the magical grounds surrounding Windsor Castle.
We started out by taking an express train from Paddington station—it was around 30 minutes before we were in Windsor which was quite fast!
We had a lovely tour guide who took us around the grounds and told us the history behind parts of the Castle’s exterior and interior.
You aren’t allowed taking pictures inside, but there were beautiful paintings lining the walls and in some rooms, the entire ceiling was a painting.
It reminded me of when I went to Buckingham Palace, and funnily enough, both then and during Windsor Castle were exhibits of the Queen’s wardrobe. It was neat! The dresses were different during both exhibitions.
Afterward, we checked out the areas around Windsor Castle. We went to Eaton College, saw some swans, had some ice cream and then made our way back to London.
The calmer atmosphere compared to Zone 1 in London was a joy to experience. Have any of you been to Windsor? What did you think? I’d love to hear!
It’s crazy to think that just a few weeks ago I was incredibly homesick and questioned my decision to intern abroad in London. Things couldn’t be more different now, and I’m glad I stuck it out!
Meeting new people has been a highlight for me. One of the best things about London is that there are so many foreigners! A coworker from just outside London said that she’s the one who feels like the minority, not the other way around.
It’s an interesting perspective, and I just feel that everyone is so nice here! I had the total bias that people would be distant, but so far my experience has been the complete opposite.
I feel quite lucky to be living in central London; there is always something happening—always an event to attend. Too many things to do in too little time. Good thing I love to be busy!
Have any of you experienced London as a foreigner? What did you think?
Ahhh. One of the benefits of working a 9-5 job? Having Sundays off. Sweet, tiny victory as you wake up, sans alarm, to a beautiful late-morning sunshine—rare for London.
As I wake, I remember the things I planned to do for the day, and suddenly they seem like distant dreams. Waking up again several hours later, window cracked open, I can hear the music and laughing from outside.
I make a move towards my wardrobe, when I hear the sound of rain pattering down on the pavement, even though the sun is still at its peak.
London weather, eh?
Wearing a dress and rainboots, I embrace the day—heading off to an art fair at Regent’s park. Hundreds of exhibits (and photos) later, I leave satisfied with the creativity I’ve seen.
With Regent’s park just around the corner, I explore for the first time. There’s something tranquil about walking, crisp leaves crunching beneath your feet, as you make your way across the grounds.
The fountains and flowers were remarkably beautiful, and I’m glad I got to experience such a peaceful place.
Do any of you like to take liesurely strolls by yourself? Autumn is such an amazing season for exploration.
So much has happened over the past few weeks here in London! I’m happy to say that I’m no longer homesick and am in love with the city!
Summary: I now have several different friend groups, adults to talk to whom I’ve met through volunteering, designers to keep in touch with, tourist attractions checked off the bucket list and an excellent internship that’s progressing wonderfully!
—This is where I remember to breathe.
I distinctly remember the first night that changed everything:
Friday, September 16th: The Mary Martin London Fashion Show
This was the first event I decided to go to alone. Completely by myself, I went to this fashion show hosted at the Kensington Close Hotel, which was a stunning venue with glass chandeliers hanging from the ceiling.
Before this event, I questioned my ability to meet people on my own.
It’s true what they say about when you’re by yourself: you’re forced to talk to others! But just in case this plan failed, I did do a little prep work. I may have read articles on how to talk to people on the tube ride to the event.
So I posted in the Facebook event that if anyone was thinking of going to the show, but had no one to go with, I would be walking around with a camera taking pictures for my blog. This lead to a few direct messages from people attending the event.
Through my Google rendezvous, I also stumbled upon the concept of standing by the bar. People are always ordering drinks which requires waiting time! Genius.
So, after changing into my confidence-boosting heels in the washroom (where I briefly stumbled into two models and the designer herself), I stood by the bar and had my camera slung around my neck like the professional photographer that I am.
There was a small group of guys at the bar; I introduced myself to someone which was followed by many more introductions, and before I knew it, I had met a over a dozen people.
I never expected people to be so nice to me! The sense of feeling welcome was a great shock to how I thought people would be at fashion events. (Devil Wears Prada, anyone?) I took over one hundred photographs, yet the highlight was knowing I could be fine on my own.
So that was the first event of many! I met some amazing people from all over the world; it was a very exciting experience and an absolutely amazing show!
I have many more events to write about; I think I’ll try adding a ‘Fashion’ segment soon! Slightly more formal posts with tons of pictures (approved by the designers beforehand). Let me know if you think that’s a good idea!
Guess I should try to sleep now? 3 a.m. sure does come fast!