We started the day with breakfast at our hotel, the Copthorne Tara International. Then we went back to Harrod's for "a couple of things" that we wished we'd gotten the day before. (Ha! But 'C' & i knew *exactly* where we were going. The fellas had to pay attention and hurry to keep up with us!)
It was a Saturday, *and* a sunny day, so the streets were crowded, as was Harrod's.
After our quick stop into Harrod's, we caught the bus to go to "the market at Portabello". The very first thing i saw was...
Nope. I didn't see Allsaints Spitalfields first. I saw:
Boyfriend & me in front of AllSaints
ALL THOSE SEWING MACHINES!
But that wasn't all...
There were MORE!
The sewing machines were lining EVERY WALL! I was A-mazed!!
I was too busy walking around with my mouth hanging open, and then i noticed it was actually a clothing store... with GORGEOUS clothes in it! Anyway, i was too busy/distracted to even think about stopping an employee to ask why all the sewing machines were there. Sorry. I could make up some story for you about how this used to be the garment-making district, and all those machines were used in this building by poor, underpaid women and children... Whatever! You make up your own story. Or, better, go Google that shit and come back and tell me! =-)
I'm telling you, they were everywhere!
It was a corner building, and the sewing machines were in ALL the windows.
Then Boyfriend stopped and started taking a bunch of pictures.
I think he was putting off actually *walking into* this crowd. (He's a bit afraid of being in crowds. Shh! Don't tell anybody. 'Cause he's a manly-man, you know. He won't admit to many people that he has a problem with being "crowded in". He feels like it isn't safe, and if he needs an escape route, he won't be able to find one and keep me with him and everything. Shh.)
Folks out enjoying the gorgeous weather at Market.
We walked through the market (and Boyfriend did good!), and saw all sorts of neat things. It was a beautiful day! And i think everybody and his aunts and uncles were out that day! There were people *everywhere*!
After walking through the Market, we caught a bus back to the Picadilly area, and we walked around there a bit.
See all the people on the sidewalk?!
That's what happens in London on a beautiful Saturday.
Me & Boyfriend in front of the Eros fountain at Picadilly.
Next we walked to Old Bond Street, on the back-side of Harrods.
Oh my goodness.
You know, i'm not much for designer *anything*, but this street?
Top-of-the-line Designer Alley.
I had Boyfriend take all these pictures for my little sister, who *does* know a thing or two about fashion and designer stuff.
All the street signs are on the buildings closest to the street corners.
There was Tiffany, Prada, Gucci, Dolce & Gabana, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Mikimoto, Cartier, Chanel, DKNY, Rolex, MaxMara, Yves Sant Laurent, Mont Blanc, and... a bunch of stuff i've never heard of, but i'll bet my little sister prolly has! =-)
And the cars that were parked there! We saw Mercedes Benz, Jaguar, Porsche, Bentley and Rolls Royce, along with lots of others...
I'll only bore you with 2 pix from there. These are for you, Z!
Yes, that's Prada, but also notice the car.
Dolce & Gabbana
After a full day of walking around, we caught the Tube back to "our" neighborhood to go to TK Maxx to do a bit of shopping.
Yes, i spelled that right.
*We* call it TJ Maxx, but in England it's called TK Maxx.
Then we walked "home", had some wine, and decided to catch a taxi to go to "W" & "C"'s favorite spot:
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese,
rebuilt in 1667 after the big fire.
Yes, it's older than three hundred years old!
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is a neat place. It's old and built and re-built and most of the floors are on different levels. There's not really a 1st floor and a 2nd floor 'cause they're really all over the place!
Inside Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
Me & "C" feelin' good after a pint but before supper.
(Can you say "Cheap date"? Yep, that's me.) =-)
The night was as beautiful as the day, and we walked along the Thames River for a bit of photography before we made our way back to the hotel.
London and the Thames River
The Green Line of the Tube.
You can tell it's the Green Line because the poles you hold onto and the seats are Green.
I'll try not to put this off for almost a month again before my next update.
Yes, there's more.
This was the longest vacation i've ever been on, and it was THE BEST! I'd go back again in a SKINNY MINUTE! I loved this even better than Hawaii, even though this was so cold.