It would appear that London is presenting us with its well-known four seasons in one day, but I am so pleased to be in this town. I have often thought about the reasons that I want to be here and there are many. I know many people who have lived and worked for long periods of time in this empirical city. They have all said it was a wonderful place and should not be missed.
Today was our first full day here and Karine and i decided to set out on foot and wander the streets. Based in Earls Court was the perfect choice for this and little did I know “It was the Aussie thing to do.” My friend Claire told me this on Fartbook, but I honestly didn’t know it when I booked the accommodation. Anyways, enough with all that tripe and on with the adventure.
We headed straight for Kensington Castle and it’s surrounding gardens. The palace is a beautiful building, but the gardens, well they speak for themselves. Truly classic British style and majestic opulence. Heading across the gardens I spotted a sign that read Notting Hill Gate and thought “Lets save that for later” and we headed for Little Venice.
I didn’t realise that this was the place of the canal barges. People actually give up the normal life and buy these old beaten up things and renovate them to live on and in. They are a throw back from the glory days of water transport during the 19th and 20th centuries. Weirs and lochs were created to stem water flow and allow supplies to be moved through out the city and surrounds easily. Fabulous little detour Miss K…….. 🙂
Walking farther north my goal was to get to one of the most famous places in the world for music. I wanted to see Abbey Road Studios. This is a place of legend. Dark Side of the Moon was recorded there. The Beatles made it famous naming the album they recorded there after the famous street and the studios were renamed based on the success of the album.
I wasn’t going to walk across that famous crossing, but decided to when Karine said “Go on, do it!”
I laughed and walked out on to the road, stopped in a silly-walks posture and then continued across. Thinking this is fantastic.
We went back through Little Venice and down through Bayswater for lunch at The Eagle Pub…..Pie and Veggies for lunch……14 pound ($25) nearly shit myself at the cost. But it was raining and it warmed our insides up nicely.
Arriving at Notting Hill was a little exciting because i recognised it immediately from the movie of th same name. Walking through the streets had a feeling of familiarity that I had not yet had on my journey……Funny really. Further down we hit Portobello Road and the markets that were featured heavily in the first scenes in the movie. What a quaint little road and very boutique orientated. The veggie markets are on the weekends only.
We walked back up through Kensington Gardens and down to the Albert Memorial and the Royal Albert Hall, through the back streets to home…….Great day out indeed.