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Hyde Park

Today started as almost all of our sundays in London do, the Columbia Road Flower Market. And it was fabulous, as it always is. But after that we didn't know what to do, because the weather was unbelievably wonderful. Notice that last sentence? People in London don't know what to do when the weather is nice... After some deliberation, we opted to explore Hyde Park. Then we discovered these rad bikes that you can rent. The rest is history. Wobbly cycling and all. We had a blast on this very beautiful Sunday in London. 

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Camden Market

Since we've been in London, one of our favourite things to do is go to markets and there are so many that by the time we leave we won't even make a dent on the market scene.

There are several reasons why we like markets so much:

1. Markets have awesome food. We've yet to go to a market in London that has bad food. They don't exist. And the food is cheap, which leads to our second reason...

2. Markets don't cost any money to visit. At least until you buy tons of stuff.

3. Pretty much every borough has it's own market, so we're always finding new places and discovering new things on our way to and from the markets. Don't be afraid to go off the main roads. Go down side streets and try new routes. It's the best way to discover a city. 

Josh's classmates at school told him that the Camden Markets are particularly exciting. So we headed there on a Saturday to find out. The core of the market is an old horse stable. You can literally get lost for hours wandering the tunnels and little ally's. This market is a bit cheesy when it comes to the vendors, lots of cheap gimmicks for tourists and after a while the stalls start to blend and look the same... BUT there are gems to be found. The food alone is worth a visit.

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London Eye - London wedding photographers

Easily one of my favourite things to do is go for walks along the Thames. Be it during the day or at night. During the day there often is street vendors selling caramelized nuts. If you pass them, buy three packs. They're amazing. Here are a couple photographs we took on our last walk. 

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Happy Sunday

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Columbia Road Flower Market - Road Two

Here we are again. The Columbia Road Flower Market has become a tradition. Be it in sun, wind or rain, nothing can hold me back. Every Sunday our house is graced with fresh new flowers. I don't see a better way to welcome the week ahead. So here are some pictures from week two at the market.

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London Exploring Day Two

Today we woke up to this kind of a day (see below). Literally could not be more opposite than yesterday. 

Blue sky. Sun. and very little wind. 

So we began the day thinking we would go to the Tower of London. and we did go the Tower of London, but then we didn't. It cost £21. Each. Forget it. We're poor. It was too sunny to spend the whole day in one dumb fort. So we took pictures of the outside and then proceeded to see as many of the outsides (because the outside doesn't cost money) of epic London buildings as we could. We saw Big Ben, Westminister Abbey, Westminister Palace, St. Pauls Cathedral and the London Eye. 

Probably the highlight for me (Josh) was Fabrique. A swedish bakery that served us up a cinnamon bun and pain au chocolate respectively, alongside some tasty swedish coffee roasted by JOHAN & NYSTRÖM. It was worth the haul out to the hood of East London. If anyone would come and visit us, we could buy one of their loaves of bread that cost £10 (about $17.50 CAD) and are the size of a small child. epic. 

 

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London Exploring Day One

Today was the first day of 2014 for us in London. We technically arrived yesterday, which is why I didn't say it was 'our first day in london'. But truth be told, our first day in London was pretty pathetic. We arrived at our apartment at 11am, walked to a greasy diner on our street, ate some food, came home for a 2hr nap which turned into a 5.5hr nap. Then wandered around the city with all the partying, drunk, londoners who are a bit grumpy when sauced. 

Today was much better. We were feeling slightly less jet-lagged and so we met up with our friends Sean and Amie and we headed out to see the city a bit more. We started the day with a proper English breakfast (which in my opinion is not 'proper' at all, beans in tomato sauce, sausage, bacon, a fried egg, fried mushrooms, fried tomato and toast... it was rather un-proper for ones arteries), then we began to walk, an adventure that took up probably a third of our day. We walked and walked and walked and got lost and braved sideways rain and gusts of wind that made me wonder if London has a hurricane season. All our walking did have a purpose, we were headed to one of London's many free museums, the Natural History Museum. It was worth the two hour walk and the 45min wait in the rain to get in. 

The architecture was marvellous. The taxidermy was incredible. The Skeletons were magnificent. And it was warm. And dry. We had a very happy time. These are some pictures from our day. Enjoy them. 

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