london :: day three

25 May

*editorial note: i started this post over a month ago, so it’s not as irrelevantly timed as it may seem.

i have to say, day three in london rocked my socks off. i have a deep love for camden, cultivated through many, many books set in north london, especially those by my favorite author, nick hornby.

camden town

love the wikipedia description: “it is well-known for its markets, liberal attitude and associations with popular culture.” indeed, it is.

camden market

i don’t know how we missed the markets the last time i was in london, but somehow they eluded us. this time, i stepped out of the tube station and straight onto the bustling high street. it seems corny, but as soon as i was there, i felt like i had found a missing part of myself. it’s the same way i felt when i went to liverpool. this makes me wonder how many parts of myself are unaccounted for.

street clothes

camden high street is chock-a-block full of shops of all kinds: music, piercing, tattoos, clothes, shoes, furniture, and, of course, souvenirs.

street clothes II

the street fashion was crazy, which was amusing and, at the same time, made me feel middle-aged in my jeans, converse, and black t-shirt. the converse were pink, though.

waffles

um, the food was outrageous. in one of the markets, it was international delight with moroccan, chinese, thai, indian, italian, mexican, greek, and on and on and on food stalls. i had a huge chinese takeaway for under 3 quid.

canal boats

i headed down to the lock after lunch and watched the boats from the bridge.

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just past camden lock and around the corner was my dream street.

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hello, loverly domiciles. i want to live on this street. the purple house will do just fine, thank you.

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i headed over to covent garden for the afternoon in search of some quirky pint glasses, but to no avail. there were some pretty impressive street performers, though, including the living statues that lined the path to the market.

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one of the best parts of covent garden is the london transport museum. there’s no need to go into great detail on my love for the underground, but just know that it’s deep and it’s real. i spent the better part of the afternoon wandering around the aisles of the gift shop, delighting in all the nerdy underground goodness.

punch & judy pub

i went to the punch & judy pub for a pint and after three sips of london pride, i was buzzed. let’s just say it was a happy afternoon after that.

trafalgar square

i ended the afternoon at another of my favorite london spots: trafalgar square. i love just sitting on the steps to the national portrait gallery and watching people.

me

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