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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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