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London, UK | Travel Post 4

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Being back for a few weeks now has got me and Nick settled into life as we left it. As I pull out these photos from CF cards (and film!), I cant help but feel astounded by just how blessed we were to do what we did over the last 4 months. Up until this year, life has had its ups and downs, but as we came around the corner of 2012 we saw a year of travel unfold – what a gift of grace to us. Speaking with Nick as we look back, we both feel humbled and extremely grateful that we had a chance to take 4 months to get away and kick up our feet in sunny France, Italy, and England! What a pleasure 🙂

Alas, I now wrap up with the last photos I took while away in England. I won’t say much more, because as you scroll down you will see I have added a few notes. The first photos are at Buckingham Palace for the changing of the guards. We just managed to sneak in the last bit of the parade, along with some sort of dignitary who floated in via helicopter!

Oh and one last thing.. This is my first “My Life” blog post on my all new website – Hope you like the new look!

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Just before a bestie of mine got married, me and the girls managed to sneak away to a cute little spot on the English coastline called Rye!

I didn’t see a whole bunch of bakeries, but it was a very cute town none the less!

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Nick has got some English roots – his father was born in Sevenoaks, Kent. Last year we found out that his great-grandfather was a rector at this cute little church in East Hoathly, near Lewes in Sussex. Apparently he was a great musician and he served the congregants here from 1922 till his death in 1933. He and his wife were buried on the church ground.

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On the way from East-Hoathly we popped into the nearby town of Lewes – famous for their local brew!

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We visited Brighton on a few occasions for two reasons. 1- Our good friends live there. 2- We just love Brighton!

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Brighton pier and beach..

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The famous lanes of Brighton….

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Some more Brighton beach….

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Visiting Nick’s sister in Maidenhead we got to see Windsor Castle:

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Towards the end of our stay, on the 3rd of September we celebrated our 8th anniversary at a stunning restaurant on the 33rd floor of “The Shard” in London. (There are 72 floors!! Yikes!) The whole building is made from a steel frame and glass panels.. Its fast becoming one the newest icons of London.

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..I’m also a leeeetle scared of heights! (P.S – try not to look down..Wooah!)

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After lunch we went to the museum Ripley’s Believe It Or Not – where I saw the world’s smallest camera – and it works!

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And now.. *drumroll* for some…. FILM!!! I just love the texture it gives! I got lucky one day in a 2nd hand camera shop where I managed to get my hands one of the last models of Canon film models, at a price I couldn’t refuse!

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Nick loved the band below. Believe it or not, they were a classic old school american 50s rock n roll band from Latvia in Eastern Europe called “The Big Bluff”.

Most folks were getting their jive on as they played some original music and covers from the classic 50s era.
This is what they were playing when I took this photo:

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Nick capturing a jazz band with his recorder. He really enjoyed recording sound bites from various parts of the trip.

This band were playing 1930s jazz music with classic old selmer guitars – the kind of music from The Great Gatsby era – have a listen:

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Nick tired after all the walking around London. We stopped for a drink in Carnaby Street.

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The Tate Modern Gallery:

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