Early Sunday afternoon, August the 28th, Shannon took me to the Columbia Road Flower Market. Flower vendors come and set up shop in the middle of the street, lining the entire width and length. Behind the flower vendors on both sides of the street are countless adorable shops filled with fantastic furniture and art. Occasionally there are coffee or food shops – my favorite being the restaurant that puts fried calamari and shrimp in small paper cups that are grab-and-go. Delicious and convenient. After the market we had a picnic in a park called ‘Jesus Green’ with one of Shannon’s friends, Rachel. I’m not sure why or how the park was named ‘Jesus Green’ but He was right there with us I have no doubt. After a few minutes of beaming sunshine – in typical London form – it began to rain on our picnic, but not on our parade! We just continued our conversation at a cafe down the street, and the Jesus from the green went with us. I loved having the opportunity to get to know Rachel and to see a little more of my new neighborhood!
The next day was a ‘Bank Holiday’ – no one seemed to entirely know why, but it was nice to have my first Monday available to play! I saw some things I believe to be worth sharing (especially if you’re a girl). I met my friend Caroline in South Kensington and we had a delightful picnic in Kensington Gardens, where we could see Kensington Palace – the humble abode ‘Will’ and Kate inhabit when they are in London!!! I was really thrilled about that, naturally:) We walked from there to the famous Notting Hill – yet another girly thrill due to the reason for its fame; it was the setting and title of the feel good chick flick that made most women want to move to the UK in search of Hugh Grant…..or their own version of someone like him.
These were just a few more fun things I was lucky enough to get to do and see my first week in Londontown! Great way to start out this 10-week adventure. Next blog post you’ll read – it’s work time!!