I visited London with my husband for the first time in our lives! It was at the beginning of April. First of all to participate in Japanese fashion and lolita event Enchanted (special post about that later!) and of course to finally see London, since it was a big wish for both of us for years but we didn’t get to fulfill it before.
We traveled from Zagreb airport to Gatwick, it was also our very first airplane travel, exciting and really scary. But I loved it, view of the clouds and sky is wonderful. It was a bit different than American movies, cabin space is much much smaller. Two things I found to be most amusing are; first food, drink, make up and souvenir catalogs and second choreographic that stewardess does to show the security measures. It is really pretty, goofy and terrifying all at the same time.
We met Lucija on the plane traveling to London, she is Croatian but lives in UK. Great girl, in those two hours we connected on so many levels and stayed in touch, hope to see her again :)
In London we stayed with our dear friend Cathy, her cool roommate Foxie and kitties Genghis and Sumi for 8 days. Cathy is seriously one of the nicest people I have ever met, so caring and helpful. We’ve known each other only through internet for a few years but she welcomed us like we are family. I miss them all so much and hope to see Cathy soon in Croatia, it would be so much fun!
Little Sumi ^.^
And Cathy with Alen and me <3
Every day in London we would sleep longer to get rested but than we spent our entire day roaming through the streets. We enjoyed just walking around, looking at buildings, people, checking streets we passed on the map.
Getting on a double-decker bus started out as an adventure, a tourist must-do but soon we realized it is much easier to explore London that way, great view, much more ground covered, comfortable. So we spent a lot of time in them, even when we could take the subway it was more fun going with the bus.
But I would lie to say buses are better than subway. I just love it! The speed, atmosphere and people, all the red circle signs saying underground… Really cool. We took the Piccadilly line every day.
Here I’ve lost my Babyssb parasol/umbrella at King’s Cross station and found it xD
I went there to travel to Hogwarts xD <3 /childhood dreams/
There are so many tourists in London, it’s crazy. On some busier streets it would be weird when people would be staring, yelling and taking photos of us but we soon realized those are tourists. Most of the time in another areas no one looked at us twice, even though on the day of Enchanted I had a huge unicorn horn on my head, no one paid attention, it was amazing compared to Croatia.
We enjoyed Camden the most, with it’s Stable’s market filled with alternative clothing and just interesting people on the streets, many punks and goths.
I bought some Antaina shoes at Sai Sai shop :) Here I’m just trying on, later I bought the blue pair and another black one with platform.
There were so many skinhead and punk shops, loved it! Owners of these two shops, the “Oi, oi! shop” and “Skinwear” were so nice and friendly. Next time we have to save harder for the trip, so many great things to buy.
On Sunday on Camden we also met a group of people from Saturday’s lolita event Enchanted, it is always so great bumping into people like that on the streets :)
Cyberdog shop was just brilliant! Awesome beyond words!
I’m a fan of this girl and she works there! *.*
We also visited Victoria and Albert museum, their fashion department is so nice.
At Natural history museum, seeing the dinosaurs… I was a little kid again :D
There are so many sushi fast food shops in London. This one Wasabi is on every street corner. I liked their vegetarian bento, except for one role with some gooey sea weed xD
In this store in China town we bought Pocky ^_^
This store in China town had a wonderful collection of Japanese imported items and …
purikura!! :D <3
As huge coffee addicts we had some coffee at home as well as in the city, Costa was my favorite. Still have the munchies when I think about their cakes.
Drinking coffee in Cathy’s garden.
We went to two gigs, in clubs The Victoria and The Unicorn. Beer in the pubs was really expensive so prepare yourself if you want to go clubbing to London. But we very much enjoyed our time there.
We also got to spend time with some of our friends that were at the same time in London.
Had a blast with Ella in an awesome punk/metal pub :D
With my dear friend from Berlin Tetsu, her sister and a friend, in a pub called Elephants Head.
Well these are tidbits from my travel, next post is about Enchanted! ^_^