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My weekend in London

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Hello dear Sparkfriends,

I wasn't going to post a blog of my visit to England, as I took very few pictures, but several of you told me "I hope you took pictures and will post a blog!" So, here I am! :)

It was definitely Spring in London! I wish the weather had been better so that we could have gone on a walk in one of the parks: there were daffodils everywhere!

On Saturday, after a lovely lunch with my friend Liz, we went to the National Theatre for an exhibition, stopping at the Real Food Market on the way...

Can you believe we didn't buy anything to eat? Yes, I am impressed too! (To be fair, we had just had lunch!!!) Here is a link to more information about the market, if you are interested:

A little further away, the Norman Parkinson exhibition at the National Theatre was waiting for us. If you are in London and love photography, I recommend it, we both really enjoyed it. It closes on 12 May. Here is the link to the exhibition's website:

And here are a few of the exhibition's pictures I found on the Internet, mostly from the Norman Parkinson Archive:

(Photo: Norman Parkinson)

(Photo: Norman Parkinson)

(Photo: Norman Parkinson)

I thought this one was an interesting picture of Princess Anne, she was so young there:

(Photo: Norman Parkinson)

After the exhibition, we looked at the shops around... Lots of nice ones! (I am always amazed at this time of our 'global village', how fun it is to look at shops in England... they are definitely different from the Paris ones!). Then it was time to go back to Liz's flat and enjoy the delicious dinner with friend Anna.

My London Sundays are for the Victoria & Albert Museum! We didn't change the tradition. :)

(Photo: V&A Museum)

We usually visit one of their exhibitions (always fabulous!), but this time we went to the furniture gallery. It was wonderful! You can have a look at it here:

The ceramics galleries we walked through on the way back were also amazing... I had never seen so many ceramics in a single place!!!

Two of my favourite places at the V&A Museum are their shop and their restaurant! The restaurant is quite an incredible place, very Victorian... (and the food is great too!)

I always find creative things for gifts in their shop. They have great Christmas cards too, and I usually buy my calendars there - a mixture of fun and art that I enjoy! If you aren't in England and want to get an idea, here is the link to their online shop:

I am surprised this blog ended up being so long, as I had so few pictures! But it was a fun weekend, as it always is when I visit my friend Liz in London! Thank goodness, because the rest of the week (in Swindon, one hour West of London) was packed with meetings. Now I am resting and going through my notes of the meetings, etc. It looks like there will be lots of work trips in the next few months, with hopefully opportunities for a few fun blogs! The next trip should be Egypt in April.

I hope you are having a great weekend, with more sunshine than what I can see through the window in Paris! The weather forecast is thunderstorm and hail, I think I won't put a single foot outside my apartment today!


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MARKATSPARK 7/27/2015 7:42AM


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CATNCAG 11/14/2013 4:15PM

    Wow very nice! Thanks for taking us on your trip! Can't wait for the next one!

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SUPERSYLPH 7/31/2013 12:32PM

    Thank you for sharing! Great pictures!

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WHITEANGEL4 6/1/2013 12:20PM

    Thanks for sharing your day with friend Li in London. I am checking out all your links I do a lot of raveling via the internet

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GRAMMAOF16 5/29/2013 7:32PM

    Some day I WILL take a trip to England!!!

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WARRIORGIRL121 5/12/2013 10:12PM

    Beautiful! I must visit Europe one day.. I want to go everywhere and see everything! emoticon

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WALKINGCHICK 5/5/2013 3:20PM

    London can be an awesome place - I don't get to go there very often, but I do live in a cool place (Edinburgh). Thanks for showing some of the fun stuff that goes on in London, and hope Paris is still treating you well. emoticon

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NORASPAT 4/10/2013 2:23PM

    Dear Claire I am frustrated, I remember I wrote on this page , about my brother living in London, I hope you did not think had deserted you. I looked at it again to find my post but it is a wonderfully long BLOG. Fred and I have been looing at them together. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Great trip. I hope to go to London one day :)

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MARYELLEN301 3/30/2013 1:32PM

    Back in the 60's I stayed at the Rembrandt Hotel several times, right across the street from the V&A museum. I was "young and stupid" then, and never got to the museum. I was much more interested in Canaby Street and hoping to get a glimpse of a Beatle or perhaps a Stone! I've resolved the next time I am in London the V&A will be on the agenda! Thanks for sharing.

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AREEJ_R 3/27/2013 1:23AM

    Super super like
i love London
all the pictures are great

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KANOE10 3/26/2013 8:13AM

    Loved the pictures.

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BEWELL48 3/24/2013 8:31AM

    Oh so enjoyable! Your blogs are upbeat and entertaining. Need some of that lately! We have sunshine today but snow still on the ground! Admire your ability to travel! I was in DC for a conference last week! Do not like living out of a suitcase! Do have a great week and look forward to your pictures from Egypt!

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EOWYNRUSS 3/24/2013 2:39AM

    Gorgeous photos, I have not had a chance to go to the V&A museum yet, but now it is at the very top of the list of things to see the next time I visit!

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GRAMMAP1 3/24/2013 12:02AM

    What an interesting life you have. I loved the times we could travel, but we always seemed to hurry through. Leisurely travel would have been delightful.

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LADY_MARIANA 3/22/2013 8:52PM

    What beautiful pictures! How I love London and your pictures and writing gave me such a vivid sense of it. Thank you.

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PCASEY7 3/21/2013 6:24PM

    Looks like you had a great weekend!

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ELAINEANNE1 3/21/2013 8:01AM

    I am glad you enjoyed London and I also think the V&A is a great museum.

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CLAIREINPARIS 3/21/2013 3:01AM

    HICKOCK-HALEY: India Pale Ale isn't a wine from India actually, it is an English beer... Have a look here if you want more information:

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SARAWALKS 3/20/2013 11:03PM

    Ooh, super to read about your trip to London! I would be interested in all these things. BTW my Paris apartment worked out, I was able to book the 750 euro one in the 15th after all! so I will be in Paris for April and May 2014. I can hardly believe it. Possibly I will stay on and go see my relatives in the UK in June since it's usually not quite as warm there...
Beautiful photos and I CANNOT believe you didn't buy anything to eat! I would have yielded...
It's good to be back and to be catching up on blogs!
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HICKOK-HALEY 3/20/2013 9:24PM

    Congrats on being voted best blog!!
I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time in London with Liz. Love all of your photos. I can see Audrey Hepburn wearing the black hat. Have you ever tried the Wine from India? Has my curiosity up. emoticon

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GWINNER1 3/20/2013 7:25PM

    I really enjoyed your blog and the pictures. Looking forward to your Egypt blog in emoticon

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TAWANDA_IS_BACK 3/20/2013 6:35PM

    Sounds wonderful!!!

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BODYJOY6 3/20/2013 1:56PM

    London is on my Bucket List! After I graduate from med school or residency, depending on what happens, my goal is to backpack through Europe. Thanks for keeping me inspired!

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 3/20/2013 1:38PM

    Claire, I always love to read your blogs and look at the wonderful photos! I feel like I get to see a small piece of the world that I normally wouldn't get to see. For that I thank you. You're an amazing lady! Take care. emoticon emoticon

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DR1939 3/20/2013 11:43AM

    Fabulous pictures. The only time I've been to the V&A we walked through the doors to a Chihully glass exhibit. It took our breath away!

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SUSIEMT 3/20/2013 10:24AM

    Thank you for the wonderful pictures I always feel like I have gotten away when I go with you.

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ADZY86 3/20/2013 7:41AM

    I always forget how beautiful my city is until I see it through the eyes of a visitor. I really should make more of living here...born and bred, so it's hard to let life go past without taking in the beautiful sites we have here. Great blog

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LIFETIMER54 3/20/2013 6:32AM

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LAUGHINGHYENA 3/20/2013 6:23AM

    The food looked amazing. I wouldn't buy anything because it's relatively expensive. You're so lucky to live in Paris, I love Paris :)

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ILOVEMALI 3/20/2013 1:48AM

    Thanks for the pictures. I can't wait to go!

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FITMAY 3/19/2013 11:39PM

    What a nice time you had with Liz... emoticon the pictures... both yours and Parkinson's are so great! Thanks for sharing so generously from your travels with us... reading your blogs make my visits to sparks exciting! I can't wait for an Egypt blog...
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KAMCCLARY 3/19/2013 11:33PM

    Nice pictures!

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NIKO27 3/19/2013 8:45PM

    Great photos, looks like fun.

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PHEBESS 3/19/2013 8:39PM

    Gorgeous photos - London looks beautiful in the spring!

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NEEDBU66 3/19/2013 6:58PM

    Looks like a fun time had by all. Nice.

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AJB121299 3/19/2013 6:28PM

    nice, wanting to jump on a plane and go for a long weekend.

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LINDAKAY228 3/19/2013 5:44PM

    I'm so glad you had such a great time with your friend and got to visit places you enjoy, even if you didn't get to walk out in the open and enjoy the flowers as much as you would have liked. I hope your future travels go well. The trip to Egypt also sounds so interesting! I always enjoy your blogs!

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QTEALADY20031 3/19/2013 5:02PM

    Claire, I am catching up from my trip and you must have had a wonderful week-end with your friend Liz. I really enjoyed your pictures and I truly wish we had markets like you seem to fall upon in your travels. I am lucky if I can find a good produce market around here and then when I do I always seem disappointed. In fact awhile back we saw signs that there was going to be a market and of course when I see the word market, my mind travels to the outdoor market with fresh fruits, veggies,etc and I told my daughter I sure hope its the market I want to see. When I was a child in Philadelphia I had a wonderful produce and fish market right across the street from where I lived in Philly!! Well, needless to say the "market" turned our to be a mini phooey on that. Egypt sounds so exciting. Many of us wish we had your job when you have to travel. Thanks again for sharing your wonderful week-end in London! Hugs, June

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THOMS1 3/19/2013 5:02PM

    Great photos and great trip. Thanks for inviting us. emoticon

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GOMAMA10 3/19/2013 4:55PM

  Thank you for this blog!Makes me even more determined to go on a trip to England. I prefer the countryside,not castles, just everyday people and walking lanes and such. Thanks for encouraging us creating a hunger for travel not eating!

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FISHER011 3/19/2013 4:52PM

    Your blog is so wonderful! Thank you for sharing-I loved it & the great photos!
I'm really looking forward to your Egypt blog!

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WEARINGTHIN 3/19/2013 4:49PM

    Thanks for sharing beautiful England. Almost feel like I was there. Glenn

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MINIUM 3/19/2013 3:43PM

    What a lovely blog! I loved the very first picture, with the contrasting colours.
I had never heard of Norman Parkinson before but some of his pictures ring a bell - I think they are wonderful!
Not to forget the fun pictures you took of the various delicacies - yum yum!
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Have a great evening! See you,

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IDJ1973 3/19/2013 1:45PM

    I was also in London last May. It was so much fun. I really would like to go back and visit again. Thanks for sharing...

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LUNADRAGON 3/19/2013 1:17PM

    Looks like fun, and the spring flowers in the first picture looks lovely!

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MZIMIGA 3/19/2013 1:09PM

    What a fun trip! :)

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    Amazing pictures! I'd really like to take a trip to London! emoticon

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NANINOTTAWA 3/19/2013 12:56PM

    Well thank you for that blog. The United Kingdom is on my bucket list and I will be so glad when it is achieved. Your trip sounds just the ticket. You had a great time and did many of the things I certainly would have been interesting in doing as well. Enjoy. ...andn many thanks for posting. It just reinforces the reasons I have to go across the pond and experience life, Nan

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