When I mention London to my friends in France they still have very old fashioned images of the city. First, it’s always cloudy and rainy; second, their food is bad because everyone knows that British people eat nothing but fish and chips all day long!
I can assure you these are all misconceptions though-in the 23 years I’ve lived here (and eaten everything) I’ve noticed a huge shift where we’re getting dryer by the year (not sure this is a good thing) and our cities cuisine has improved as well.
The UK has a delicious food scene. But as we all know, it was not always that way. When the country joined Maastricht Treaty in 1993 and other European citizens were allowed to come and live there freely, things changed drastically for better! People introduced different cuisines from their own countries such as Italian cuisine by Jaime Oliver’s introduction of it on British TV shows back then when he started filming his first show “The Naked Chef” with Channel 4. As a result the food become amazing navigating under Eastern and Western influences. Not sure this will last after Brexit but let’s stay optimistic.
London never stops to amaze me and the saying is that
When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.
Samuel L Johnson
London is a huge city of 10 millions habitants. It covers an area 600 square miles, while Paris is squeezed into 40 acres or less than 2% the size London occupies! You can do plenty walking and only cover few square mile in one day. I recommend coming back to areas you’ve already been because there’s always more hidden treasures waiting for discovery – even days later!
I went on my #blossomwatch quest to London and unfortunately the Wisteria hadn’t bloomed yet, but there was a cherry blossom in full bloom. It turns out I didn’t miss them all after all!
I had the privilege to witness this amazing cherry blossom tree in full bloom, and it was an experience I will never forget. The colors were so vibrant that they even seemed to glow as if from some otherworldly light.
Cherry blossom really varies and I have seen some trees in bloom as early as end of February, early March. the Sakura cherry blossom are the ones that will be bloom early but then you have another variety of trees called Prunis that will bloom around April all depends if the season is cold or warm. To my surprise I came across the most amazing cherry blossoms while chasing the Wisteria.
I took the same circuit that I chose to chase after Magnolia blossom, and had this vague feeling of déjà vu. The magnolias were all gone! I wouldn’t even have recognised where the street was located: it looked so different from how it used to be when there were still flowers in bloom here- but now instead? I found pink and white cherry blossoms. I started in South Kensington, walked to Earls Court, Hight Street Kensington to finish in Notting Hill.
I used to live in Earls Court when I first moved to London and had my babies walking in this area brought back all the memories of spending my summer afternoons in the Holland Park playground looking one son playing in the sandpit, while the other one was asleep in the push chair. I’m very attached to these areas in London, I guess it’s the same when everyone moves to a new city we build new memories and which become grounded for ever.
I used to live in Earls Court when I first moved to London and had my babies. Walking through this area brought back all the memories of spending my summer afternoons at Holland Park playground; watching one son play on the sandpit, while another slept in his stroller. It’s hard not get attached these places: it was a good time being there with both children for their early years!
London Photograph, Magnolia Blossom in Chelsea, England Fine art, photographic print, travel home decor, large wall art, gallery wall
Blooming London Photograph, Spring in Chelsea, Magnolia blossom, England Fine art, photographic print, travel home decor, large wall art, gallery wall