My junior year of undergrad was spent studying in Puebla, Mexico. During that year, my greatest objective was to travel around and absorb as much of the culture as possible. And my goal while in London is the same!
I must admit that I have been very lax in starting up my COMmunicator In London blog. What can I say? The first 4 weeks have been chock-full of days getting to know the city, indulging in English film and TV, searching for the very best pub and beer in town, and romping around various parts of England.
Already we have seen so much of the city and surrounding areas. Whenever I’m in a new city, I hate feeling like a tourist. I avoid the conspicuous attire of a tourist- backpack, camera strapped around my neck, moving around in large herds of people, and blocking sidewalks and areas of high traffic. I prefer to take my time and get to know the city… little by little.
So here is a treat of one of my first ventures: Portobello Market.
Notting Hill Diggs. Quite the bit of real estate, if I do say so myself.
This world-famous market is quite the destination for tourists and Londoners alike. Nestled in Notting Hill (yes, the very neighborhood from the Hugh Grant-Julia Roberts film), the market is saturated in colors, shops, and people. London has several famous markets, each known for the goods that are sold. Portobello is known for antiques.
The market takes up 2 miles of Portobello Road, but the swarms of shoppers definitely slow you down. It’s quite the crowded spot, particularly on Saturdays. If you are of an easily irritated constitution, this market may not be for you. But if you take great pleasure in browsing through store after store, uncovering all sorts of trinkets and goodies, Portobello may just be your haven.
Stand clear of the pushy crowds. Saturdays at Portobello Market are jam-packed with tourists and Londoners.
My favorite finds of the day:
1. 15,000 square feet of antique sewing machines at AllSaints, a men and women’s clothing retailer.
AllSaints clothing store has more antique sewing machines than you could ever imagine. The view just from the front door is a heavy sight.
2. The Travel Book shop. Yes, we found it, right smack in the middle of the market. Unfortunately, Hugh Grant wasn’t there to recommend a book on Turkey (by someone who’s actually been to Turkey)… mostly because the shop now specializes in shoes!
3. Waffle snack with NUTELLA! When in Europe…
Nutella. The staple of all European food!