July was a bit of a whirlwind and nicely divided by 10 days in New York in the middle of the month. Here’s a short version, Instagram-style.
1. Bloomsbury Square Gardens. It was sunny, warm verging on hot – like a proper English Summer day. I headed across town to see a few social media speakers give a presentation that I figured out pretty quickly was not for me when one of the first questions was “Everyone knows what YouTube is, right?” followed by the fact that you can share up to 160 characters on Twitter. But hey, it was worth it to sprawl out in Bloomsbury Square Gardens, people watching and catching up on my travel magazines for a few hours before the sun went down.
2. London postcards. The longer I live in London, the more I try to avoid the tourist areas, but sometimes a walk through the lights of Piccadilly Circus can be momentarily enchanting as long as you take the back streets home. This was a postcard display outside of a souvenir shop near Paul on Piccadilly where I stopped to buy tea for a slow walk home.
3. Buffalo International Airport. After a few days at home, in North Tonawanda, New York, for my dad’s 60th birthday, a bit of camping and kayaking for the first time, Jorge and I hopped on a flight to the Big Apple. This was at the Buffalo airport before we left.
4. The High Line. Watch the blog for more on our High Line experience. This is a little section of this disused railway line transformed into an incredible park above the city where 210 different plant species thrive and New Yorkers and tourists alike come to take in a bit of fresh air and escape the chaos of the bustling city below.
5. Jonathan Adler Salt and Pepper Shakers. Jorge and I have a few bits and pieces from Jonathan Adler in London and decided to go to the shop in NYC – the city where he first started selling his designs. We were actually looking for egg cups that we couldn’t find in London. We couldn’t find them there either but they match these guys so we brought the salt and pepper shakers home instead.
7. Goldfish. This is my favorite American snack. I usually have a supply in London because my mom sends them to me or sends me back with a stock when I visit. They are cheesy little crackers that you just can’t stop eating. I remember paying 25 cents to buy a small baggie full at lunch when we were in school. They come in lots of different flavors which are all good, but the parmesan and original ones are the best! 8. Jelly from Murphy Orchards. Jorge’s family has a vineyard in Tenerife, so my dad brought him to a vineyard nearby our house when we were visiting them in New York. Jorge came home with two jars of jelly from the shop: red wine and concord grape. There’s not much left! I love the old style jars and little colored cloth squares that came with them. 9. Nail polish. I had $50 certificate to spend in Sak’s on NYC’s Fifth Avenue. There’s not much to buy there for $50, but I had just about run out of my Corail Divin nail polish by YSL and loved it, so we headed over to their counter to check out some of the new colors. I came home with Beige Gallery and Rose Baby Doll. 10. Blue summer skies. London had actually been having a real Summer this year (despite the fact that it’s absolutely pouring down with rain as I write this, thunder and lightning included). I took this while walking home one evening, just behind our flat with the light shimmering through the tree leaves. 11. Holland Park’s Dutch Garden. This is my favorite Instagram shot this month, probably because it’s of one of my favorite places in London – the Dutch Garden of Holland Park. It’s a pretty and peaceful place not too far from where I worked in Notting Hill for four years. I added it to my new Etsy shop for Little Observationist as a 12 x 12 print. 12. The London Underground. On our way home from a goodbye picnic to to of my good friends, Danny and Lucy, who are going on a 3-month overground adventure from Bejing to Istanbul, we spotted this old school London Underground sign in Swiss Cottage station. It’s one of the more interesting stations in this city. Some are pretty dismal. Others are worth a visit.
13. A rainbow. It’s not often you see a rainbow that stretches its arch across the entire sky. It’s usually just a slice, but with this one, we could see the entire thing. I couldn’t fit it all in the lens from the window, but it was pretty impressive!
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