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Thursday, June 24, 2010

"Things I Know For Sure" Thursday


I can't believe it's already been a month since my husband & I came home from Europe. And since I spent days gushing about everything I loved in Paris, I thought I'd give you a break from feeling like you were being held captive in the neighbors' living room, forced to watch a 2000-frame slideshow of their latest vacation. (Okay, to the few of you I did this to, thanks for putting up with me.)

I had planned to do at least a few posts about London, as we spent 5 days there as opposed to only 3 in Paris, but time has flown & I'm just now getting to it. The truth is, we loved London as much as we did Paris & I do have the pics to prove it. But I will just give you a little taste of one of my absolute favorite parts of the trip & make a little recommendation. Because one thing I know for sure is that if you ever visit London on a Saturday, you simply must go to the Portabello Road Market in Notting Hill.

You might remember how I was a little disappointed that I never found a true Paris flea market? Well, Notting Hill made up for that & more. The best way I know to describe it is that it's like a mile-long British Anthropologie. With food. And better prices. And it's just dripping with English charm. I was like a girl in...well, Anthropologie!

Here are just a few shots:

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a store FULL of knobs!
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And here's me-digging thru some antique silverware, trying to beat the woman next to me in a search for all the monogrammed "R" spoons...Ahh- memories!
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This shop's window was decorated with gift bows. Adorable!
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The little table I really wanted to bring home--only
£10!
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I so regret not buying one of these...
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You just never know what you'll find...
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And my favorite shop...
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full of British toys...{gasp!}
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And-be still my heart! I HAD to have this for my Paris bathroom, but my husband was already about to have a heart attack after trying to keep me from buying everything I saw. And we were concerned it might get damaged in the suitcase on the way home. So, I left it there...
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And then came home & ordered it online.

Oh, I can't wait to go back!

I'll be sharing the fun with a few of these link parties...check them out!



15 comments:

  1. Would be so much fun to dig through all of those treasures !! And yes,you should of bought one of those cute charm necklace's , just adorable !
    Eunice
    The Little Things

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  2. Great tour! Looks like a lot of fun! I would be wanting to bring everything home too!!

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  3. Oh, what a wonderful trip! I've been to both London and Paris but no flea markets (I know! Crazy!)...now I must go back! That looks amazing!!!

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  4. Fabulous - thanks for the wonderful tour. Just found you through The Inspired Room :O)

    Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea
    "Celebrating the Coastal Lifestyle"

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  5. Oh. My. Gosh. I think I better save up for about a million years before I book any trips to Europe. Seriously, how do you pass any of it up?

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  6. I am pretty jealous of your trip to Notting Hill (and Europe in general). I especially loved the antique cameras, the mirrors, the old suitcases. I don't know how you managed to leave it all there! I'm visiting you today from New Friend Fridays. Feel free to stop by and see me!

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  7. Thanks for taking us with you - what eye candy!

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  8. How I loved this post, cuz I was at Portobello Market two years ago. I LOVE London, and we've found a really inexpensive family-run hotel to stay at very near Victoria Station. I'm hoping we can go again. The only problem is that airfare is going up and up and UP.

    Your pics brought back such wonderful memories! Did you go on the London Eye? You might enjoy this post:

    http://cranberrymorning.blogspot.com/2010/06/london-eye-pods.html

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  9. What a dreamy trip!! I totally enjoyed your pics! I hope to someday go and bring back all sorts of fun filled finds!! thanks for sharing!
    ~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

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  10. I just LOVE that balloon theme decorating :)

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  11. So cute! I did study abroad in Notting Hill! This brought back many fond memories. Love the knob store!!! LUV IT!

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  12. Wow! Wish I was on that trip with you. Just love the fact that you came home and ordered the balloon! It's perfect.

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  13. Oh thank you Julie for sharing more on your trip. I think you were better off missing the Paris Flea Market, this place is to die for! And you gave me a good chuckle when I read you went home and ordered it online! Where there is a will there is a way right?
    Stephanie

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  14. I just happened into your blog and wanted to share that I was in London in May this year and we spent all Saturday at the Portobello Market, as we rented a flat in Notting Hill... by any chance did you go into a Book Store called
    Books for Cooks...it was amazing It was such fun to spend the day in the market..Just Fabulous

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  15. What a lovely trip you had. I love these pictures and HoneyJam. Do you have their website? I can't seem to find it.

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