I've never been a fan of the big bold Union Jack ... until now. Travel is always making me fall for things I was "meh" about before, like Mayan textiles, for example, and even Moroccan rugs for that matter. Seeing things in their native environment makes a big difference, and then you can't even remember what you thought of them before. Not to say I'm going to be papering my house with Union Jacks, but I will be dressing exclusively in them from now on. Behold:
Haha, okay. Not really. But cute!
I look forward to much more London shopping in the future of my life. Hopefully. The tiny bit we saw hints at magnitudes and volumes of awesome.
For all your ukulele needs. Or ukulele t-shirt needs.
*Tromp tromp stomp.*
In the last post, Caroline asked if I had any toddler travel tips, and I guess my number one is to plan places into each day for wiggle-time. For running and climbing and puddle-stomping and all-around energy-getting-outing. In good weather this is easy, but in rain more of a challenge. We got caught in the rain at the Tower of London and found it no fun at all to haul kid + stuff + umbrella + camera. Phleh. (Of course, the next day, the day of our departure, that is, couldn't have been more rainless if it tried).
We changed plans, and at Maarten's suggestion, went to Spitalfields Market, a big covered shopping area, that fit the wiggle bill perfectly. With shopping bonus. See:
(Got the polka dot one!)
The above was actually a shoe store, I think, not an author store. A relief.
If you can just go around buying authors . . . *shudder*
Jim couldn't resist a little vandalism. You know how he is. Never without his spray paint.
(Okay. Not really. In case you're unsure :-)
Oh man, a lovely time was had, and I just freaking love London. This is so weird to say, because I've always been so in love with Italy, but after having been in both Rome and London recently, I think ... if I were looking to live in one of them for a couple of months (as Jim and I sometimes daydream of doing) ... it would be London. Rome is Rome and all, but I just feel more of a pull to explore London. Right now. At this precise moment. Don't hold me to it.
Besides, there's always Barcelona ...