London Town

Cheerio, my friends!

In tribute to the Jubilee festivities, I’ll share a few images from our recent day in our favorite city.

When I was 14, we spent a magical summer outside of London, near Richmond, in a centuries-old house with narrow staircases and crooked beams and hidden rooms. We absorbed with wide-eyed wonder London’s architecture, museums, galleries, shops and parks, creating indelible memories as we explored each cobble-stoned street. Ever since, we’ve adored her unique blend of history, charm, quirkiness and style. Subsequently, I attended a summer course at a London drama school, lived and worked in the city, and visit whenever possible. I’ve been fortunate to marvel at many of the world’s great cities, from Tokyo to Rome to Paris, but dear London will always have my heart. So, when a frustrating flight delay in April necessitated an overnight stay, we were {secretly} delighted. (And was the only sunny day that week.) :)

Some of my favorite London activities:

Visit the National Portrait Gallery and the Tate Britain Gallery
Linger over tea and cakes at Fortnum and Mason
Walk along the Thames at dusk
Attend a performance at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park (summer)
Warm up with hot chestnuts from a street vendor (winter)
Scout for treasures at an antiquarian book shop
Sigh over incredible fabrics at Liberty
Say hello to the Shakespeare statue in Leicester Square
Stroll through any of the parks – St. James, Hyde Park, Hamstead Heath
Soak up the lively atmosphere at Covent Garden and Neal’s Yard
Listen to Big Ben chime the hour, any time of day

Have you been lucky enough to visit or live in London? What do you love most there?

We are having the soggiest start to summer here in the Northwest. Hope your days are sunny and bright.

xo

– g

Travels

Hello, my friends! I have missed you! I’m back and honestly, have lost count of how many planes, trains, boats, water taxis, cabs, buses, rental cars, trams and trolleys I’ve been on in the last six weeks. I can’t keep track so won’t even ask you to try.

 Often I felt I was crazy to tackle the itinerary I had laid out for this last journey but, ultimately, it proved very successful. I am home – jet-lagged, bruised, blistered and sunburnt but grateful to have had the opportunities to photograph wonderful destinations, work with new clients and visit a faraway friend.

For you, a collage of images taken over the last 10 days. (Some locations I know you will recognize. Others are new to both of us: the David Austin Rose Center in Albrighton, England, and a garden-themed assignment I did for a wonderful London-based client.) Tomorrow I’ll return with a tribute to my favorite city, which is holding a huge celebration this weekend! Hope you are all well. Many thoughts of you accompanied me on the road and inspired many of these images. (More to say but I can’t stay awake.) xo Lots of love, – g

Venice: Impressions


The poet Byron coined the name “The Bridge of Sighs” (top photo) for the bridge leading the condemned from the Venetian courts to the prisons on the other side. The views from the windows were the last many saw of their beloved Venice. It is a particularly haunting location in a city filled with ghostly memories and faded dreams.


Venice is a place of great contrasts – opulent yet crumbling, elegant yet simple, flamboyant yet secretive. There exists nowhere like it on Earth – it is thus endlessly fascinating. 


Thank you, friends, for taking the time to visit – I hope you enjoy the images and that they bring something of the atmosphere of La Serenissima.


much love, g


p. s. I hope you will forgive my continued absence from visiting many of you. You know it’s not my usual way. It bothers me greatly but I’m traveling again in a few days and fear I will not reach you all before I go. Trust that I look forward to it when I return, envisioning a long summer of sharing and catching up. Meanwhile, I’ve prepared flowery and fun posts for you during the time I’m away. Wishing you a lovely end of May! xoxo

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