All the umbrellas in London
What's more inviting than a vast public lawn
full of meticulously placed sun chairs?
GOSH IT'S SO CUTE.
What good is a trip to London without seeing the Buckingham Palace?
The changing of the guards, the indelible Victoria Memorial, checking the flag to see whether or not the Queen's in residence! It was a hot, hot day, and our last in London (which means the next posts will be Edinburgh, hurrah!) and the first set of pictures here are from our walk through Green Park from the Piccadilly tube stop.
Ah, Fifi! Those of y'all who've been with FFAF for awhile might remember when I first fell in love with this fragrance (and their lingerie). Described as the ultimate “pin-up” perfume, this soft oriental has notes of coriander, mandarin, rose, lily of the valley, amber, and tobacco. It begins powdery and soft, but wanton – like a heavily lined wink from Brigitte Bardot. Pure sex kitten! Once it’s had a bit to settle down it unfurls into a smoky, subdued afterglow.
I knew we couldn't leave London without visiting their shop on a posh little street in Knightsbridge, where I picked up the biggest bottle they sold! We took a break afterward to sip some champagne cocktails outside - Buckingham and shopping had earned us a little refreshment. This dress is just a little cottony H&M number, but really soft with a flattering neckline and perfect for a hot day when you can't catch a single breeze.
When faced with South Kensington's three landmark museums - the V & A, Science and Natural History - the choice was clear. DINOS. The queue wasn't too bad and the building was a stunner. Its central hall (above center, left) is completely breathtaking. The museum houses specimens collected by Darwin and opened in 1881. Very sadly, we discovered (too late) that the dinos were "on holiday" and wouldn't be returning until 2012 or something.
The poor tomboy was devastated. (Until the bears.)
We obviously still managed to have a good time, and it was all a lovely way to end our stay in London. A little bittersweet - we wished we could explore London more - but our curiosity and excitement about a new adventure in Scotland had us Edinburgh-bound! Goodbye, dear London!