Flashback Foto #030 …

And finally, the last word on London (until I go again): The best thing I bought on my trip to London in November 2014. I went to the Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill and found these small vintage type trays (about the size of a magazine) and filled it up at various stalls and shops with vintage British lead figures and type. It’s a wonderful memory of an amazing trip, and I will always treasure it.


London: One Year Ago, Part 2 …

Continuing my 2-part photo essay on my trip to London in November 2014. Click here to read part 1.

 As I mentioned in part 1 of my London posts, my mind is never very far from London these days. I’m kind of reliving my trip last year through these photos, since I wasn’t blogging (just incessantly Instagramming) while I was over there.

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London: One Year Ago, Part 1 …

Exactly one year ago I was spending a week exploring London. I had first visited Leeds in the UK (click here to see that post), and on a Monday morning that alternated between rain and a beautiful, bright sun, I took the 2.5-hour train ride back to the big city. This photo set focuses primarily on Covent Garden, and some of the parks I visited (Hyde Park and Green Park), but the photos aren’t in any specific order … just random, kind of like my trip. My mind is filled with London right now and I can’t wait to go back, but in the meantime these photos will have to do. Click on the photos to see them larger on your screen.

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A Few Days in Leeds …

Last year I took the big plane across the pond and landed at Heathrow one chilly and rainy London afternoon. But London had to wait that particular day … I hopped the train into the city and made my way to Kings Cross where I spent a few hours waiting for my very first train ride in the United Kingdom: to Leeds, where I was going to attend the Thought Bubble comics convention.

I mistimed my arrival and train ride by a few extra hours, so I had plenty of time to explore Kings Cross, which included a Harry Potter store/photo opportunity. Finally I boarded the train around 6:30pm and took the 2.5 hours ride to Leeds. It was already dark, so I didn’t see much, but I loved travelling by train, something that is entirely different here in the U.S. I splurged for first class and got a nice meal as we plunged through the dark, heading north in England. I would see the occasional quaint little train station. We got into Leed around 9:30pm (there were some delays) and I spent a bit of time aimlessly wandering around looking for my hotel. (I would be able to see much more of my train ride and the British countryside when I traveled back to London a few days later … see the photo above and the first one below).

The next day was foggy and rainy, but that didn’t deter me from roaming all over downtown Leeds. Over the next few days I thoroughly explored that area, including the charming shopping arcades, and the bigger mall know as Leeds Trinity. I roamed around the canal, back and forth to the convention site, which was the Leeds Armory. I kept spotting that cute little yellow water taxi. I kind of fell in love with Leeds, to be honest, and I can’t wait to go back again. Adding to the charm: The city was just beginning to decorate for the holidays.

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