Wednesday, September 12, 2012

London Experience: The City

Even without the Games, London is an incredible city, and while I didn't have much time to play tourist, I did try and take every opportunity to explore and take photos while I commuted to and from places for work (and occasionally for fun.) Most of these photos are from my iPhone and Istagram, which I got just before I left and quickly became a new love. I'll never give up a regular camera, but I'm convinced the iPhone is a great alternative.

Richoux Tea Room - I've eaten lunch so many times in the last two weeks the waiter treats me like a regular
I ate lunch at this Mayfair tearoom so often the waiter started treating me like a regular. It was close to our office and they offered a great variety of food - something light for me and a little more hardy for the guys.

London eye
I've made it to London multiple times, but never taken the time to ride the eye - and after this trip I still haven't, something to do on my next trip I guess.

Beautiful Mayfair
I spent most of my time in Mayfair, a beautiful part of the city, even if it felt a little too "posh" for me to feel completely comfortable in.

Canary Wharf Tube stop, after two weeks here I love and hate the Tube equally
I spent a LOT of time on the tube - including a few trips to Canary Wharf - this shot was taken while I rode the escalator up.

Stormy London
Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament - it doesn't get much more iconic than this.

A beautiful sunset over #10 Downing Street.

While I was walking to one of the venues, the volunteers were using a blow horn and asking up to stay on the "pavement" and off the road. Adele's song, Chasing Pavements, suddenly made more since to me. In the US we typically call them sidewalks, and I didn't realize it was pavements in UK English. Just when I think I've mastered UK English I learn something new. Pin It

17 comments:

urban muser said...

you're rocking the iphone shots! i've never been to london but it's high on my list.

~Kristina said...

Something about a ferris wheel in a photo always gets me.

Angie Willis said...

Loving your London series Jamie. Glad you're learning the language :-)

Stampmouse said...

What a great experiences I like those tilt shift shots

Nicole said...

Maybe next time you go to london I could go with you again!

Christianna said...

I still haven't ridden the London Eye either. Love these shots!

Christianna said...

I still haven't ridden the London Eye either. Love these shots!

RedWillow ~ a Beauty seeker said...

What an amazing place and your photos are out of this world gorgeous.

Anna said...

My sister and I visited London years ago. It was an amazing trip! Loved London. Thanks for taking me down memory lane...sweet.

Karen said...

These photos are a testament to the adage it's not the camera, but the photographer that makes the difference!

Chelsea said...

Wow, beautiful photos!!! I really want to go to London!

Krystal said...

so i'm super behind on blogs in general because carrying a small child in ones stomach is not conducive to sitting in one place for too long, but where are you now in the world? what is up?!

Lisa Gordon said...

Jamie, these are beautiful, especially the second one.
I do love that one.
I am glad you got to be a bit of a tourist while you were there.
xo.

Clare B said...

I shunned the Eye for the first few times I visited London but its actually worth the $$$ they ask you to pay to ride. Wonderful, amazing views of London. Really.

Justine said...

what a fantastic set of shots, looks like you had an amazing time!

Tezzie said...

I LOVED London back when I had a chance to visit the city, during the summer when I was working as an ESL teacher in Winchester. I'd love to visit again, sometime...this time with my camera. That last shot is fabulous!

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

Jaime, I'm almost speechless over these photos. Simply beautiful. Anyone who can get something as mundane as the tube to look like art has talent.

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