I can't believe it has been more than three weeks since I arrived! London-life seems somewhat of a blur at times; congested trains and escalators as people stream from one place to another, the sidewalks thick with people that have places to be, people to see. I've ventured to a lot of parts of town already, but have increasingly realised I haven't taken time to actually SEE and take it all in.
So as an attempt to slow down and be more observant (and enjoy it all a bit more of course) I decided to take my camera along to check out the famed Portobello Markets. Turns out every other tourist in London had the same idea, mental note to visit super early next time around!
The sights, smells and sounds were amazing. I loved browsing through the antique books (vintage hardbound Jane Austen? Yes please!) and hearing the music stalls pump up their old classics from the 1950's. I swear I even heard a Jamaican kettle drum player play Jessie J's "Eye of the Tiger"…
I wanted to buy up punnets of fresh berries and pears and peaches, stuff my face with tartiflette and bratwurst, but settled on a belgian waffle to munch on as I strolled my way through.
I also saw some great signwriting and lettering on the walls and shopfaces - my favourite was for "Fish Boutique" Pescheria Mattiucci - the hippest fishmonger I've ever seen.
There was so much to discover, it's definitely a place I'll visit again (preferably a lot earlier in the day!)