Today was another sunny “end of summer day” in our little
kingdom and was a perfect reason to have a walk through Piccadilly Circus,
Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square, Westminister, then to the Borough Market by
There was the Real Food Market in Southbank. Queen’s Walk was
surprisingly uncrowded. Even the Founders Arms in Blackfriars was half empty
and we enjoyed our cidres there on the riverside under the sun. Then we headed
to the Borough Market for a yummy duck sandwich.
Afternoon, we went to our first
“afternoon tea” in London. In Turkey we call the afternoon tea “five o’clock
tea”, that’s why we reserved our table for five o’clock in Diamond Jubilee Tea
Salon at Fortnum&Mason.
We tried two of the three afternoon tea options, the
traditional and the savoury ones. We were happy to combine both and to have the
chance of trying different tastes. Because of not writing a afternoon tea
“quality” critic here, as a couple who has a good tea and patisserie culture,
we can just say that it was nice to live the traditional English afternoon tea
experience in a place like Fortnum&Mason but that’s it.
We met with
Lowry and his art last year in Manchester when we visited Lowry Collection
in Salford Quays and we loved his
colors, his way to paint the life in industrial towns. We enjoyed the 20
minutes film about his life in the gallery and we bought a Lowry book to bring
to our home the fascinating colors of his paintings.
LS Lowry (1887-1976) who
painted the modern life, daily life of working class, crowds, industrial
landscapes during all his life, now is in Tate Britain in London until 20
It was a big pleasure to see your beautiful paintings again Mr.
The last days of
summer in our little kingdom and we are trying to catch up the exhibitions we
didn’t visit yet in London.
Today we headed to The National Gallery for Vermeer
and Music exhibition to enjoy Johannes Vermeer’s and other XVII. century Dutch
artists’ music themed paintings. In the exhibition we also had a chance to
observe different music instruments of same period between the halls.
exhibition is open until 8 September in The National Gallery.
London is a
different city. Before moving here, for us, London was a European capital city
and UK was a European country. But after living here, we saw that Brits are
Brits and Britain is clearly different than European culture. London also is
quite different than the other European metropolitans for lots of things.
are pros and cons of this differences
but one of the good things is that you can find little countrylike
escapes inside of the city, like walking along the canal or being next to a
windmill in the middle of the city. Sitting in a old pub and feeling like you
are in a inn in the countryside. (How many ins or inns we can put in a
When we first saw this 15 m. windmill in Brixton last year, we
felt like we had one of the surprise gifts that London was hiding behind. Brixton Windmill was built in XIX. century
and served as a windmill until 1934. Since then was restored few times and
today, is open to the public for visits on special open days through the year.
National Park in Cumbria is one of the most attractive touristic destinations
of UK and was part of our little road trip we made few weeks ago. Because of being
there only 2,5 days, our visit was concentrated around one of the most popular
During our stay in Lake District, we visited little towns
around Windermere, enjoyed three boat trips in the lake, made a gentile 4 mile
walk along the lake from the Wray Castle to the Ferry House and enjoyed the
incredible, beautiful sun. It was a total 2.5 day of well spent relaxing time.
This time was more a touristic trip but for the next time we hope to rent a
cottage in Western Lake District and enjoy the less crowded part of the