Wednesday, October 5, 2011

{London, England} Part I

We fell in love with England. But what's new, right? I feel like we "fall in love" with every new place we travel to. But this was a different kind of love. A familiar kind of love. Being in London felt like coming home. We ate Mexican food (yes, we ate Mexican food in London and loved every.single.second), understood what every sign said, what every menu offered. It just felt wayyy more Americanized than any other European city. Especially compared to Amsterdam. But I guess that's sort of obvious? We decided living in London would be a breeze (my London blogger friends - please chime in here - am I delusional? Perhaps.). So maybe someday we'll move there? Or maybe not. Either way, we so enjoyed shopping, walking around, seeing all the sights and enjoying the glorious warm weather. 



{Photos © Liz Denfeld}

30 comments:

  1. How beautiful!! And that cocktail looks so refreshing (and I am totally loving that chair your sitting in. So charming!)

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  2. i love London, i do..and sophie will tell you (from the littlest things) that she lived and loved living in London. I, personally, couldnt live there. Its too busy and too expensive. Im more of a "live on the outskirts of london" type of girl, and visit the city when i need my fix.

    but, for americans (especially those living in foreign language speaking countries in europe..like you) i could see why going to london would feel like coming home.

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  3. I studied in London and I couldn't agree more about the familiarity. It's so nice to be in a place where you can understand everything! I definitely miss it.

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  4. Question: what do you do with Henry during your excursions/travels? My husband and I have an adorable 5 pound puppy (well, hes almost 2 but he will forever be a puppy to me, haha) that we attempt to take with us wherever we go; but we want to do more international traveling and we arent sure how dog friendly Europe is? Do you bring him with you? Hire a dog sitter?

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  5. You are so adorable and totally lucked out with that nice weather! So rare for London! I love it there!

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  6. I'm with Megan, I loved London (disclaimer: I never lived there, only paid a visit) but I could never live there. I think it has more to do with me enjoying the countryside rather than a city then having anything to do with London itself.

    Maybe it was just me, but it seemed like Londoners were annoyed of American tourists. Am I alone on this one?

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  7. Tanis - Henry doesn't normally come with us. He is a terrible flyer, so taking him on the plane would be a nightmare. He stays with a dogsitter! I miss him like CRAZY and ask Corey "Do you think Henry's okay?" about a million times. Living in Europe would certainly be easier and less worrisome without a pup, but I wouldn't trade him for the world - he's my baby!

    In my experience Europe is much more dog friendly than the US. I see dogs in restaurants quite frequently. They go on trains, etc. So I think if Henry was better on the plane we would certainly consider taking him on more trips with us. I hope this helps you :) Feel free to email me if you have anymore questions!

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  8. Liz,
    I love every bit of the new direction of your blog. I've been reading for a while (& I'm a fellow Portland resident) and now your blog is like a window onto the world. The photos of Nice were just breathtaking.

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  9. I lived in London last summer and I just adore it. I think it is such an easy city to live it. Your pictures are fabulous.

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  10. lovely photos liz! Last time I was in London was the winter-- I forgot how beautiful the fall there is!

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  11. So lovely. I am loving the new direction your blog is in. It's really charming!

    xo.
    alwaysamrsforeverakidd.blogspot.com

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  12. I'ev said it a hundred times and I'll say it again: Best city in Europe. Hands down.
    :-)

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  13. ok, first of all, your photos are so amazing, I think you are mastering your photography skilllz :)

    2nd of all, I love your new blog header and title!

    and third of all, well, Im just loving all your traveling. I think about you a lot actually since you moved and cannot wait to see where you go next! You have a dreamy life :)

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  14. I spent two weeks in Surrey a couple of years ago and fell in LOVE. I would absolutely love to live there, or in the city of London. So charming, yet just familiar enough :)

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  15. My fiance studied abroad in London and he loved it. I cant wait for him to take me back with him sometime! Not sure if I'd rather do Paris or London though. I say both! I love your pics, esp the 2 of the street!

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  16. england looks so pretty!! and i love your shoes. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  17. I visited London for about 5 days this summer, and I just completely fell in love with the city. I certainly had a difficult time making myself return to France afterward, which should say something. [I mean, come on, it's FRANCE. France is wonderful.] anyway, there's something just so charming about London. I'm sure it's a different city if you actually live there, but it's such a lovely place to visit and just wander around.

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  18. Great pictures! I definitely need to go back to London. :)

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  19. Your pictures are gorgeous! Looks like a great trip!

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  20. Love your photos, looks like a fantastic trip!
    Where is your necklace from? It's soo cute!

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  21. Wow you look great! Especially sitting on the hanging chair!

    Fantastic photo quality :-)

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  22. these photos are awesome! makes me want to go back to london...

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  23. There's something about traveling to an English speaking country after living in one that is not - I felt the same in South Africa and even though it's NOTHING like Canada, it felt like coming home.

    (Isn't it great when you can read the menu!)

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  24. love the pictures! your photography is amazing! it makes me want to go out and take more photos.

    I studied abroad in London and loved that it was familiar feeling, but not too much so.

    I LOVE your striped top! where is it from??

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  25. Is that swing chair IN a restaurant? If so, that is amazing.

    Great photos! As usual, you are making me lust badly to go to Europe...

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  26. these pictures are absolutely breathtaking. you are gorgeous girl. this makes me want to visit europe and the rest of the world so bad!!!
    xo TJ

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  27. What a great post! My husband and I felt the same way...after spending time in France, London was a breeze! I remember feeling a sense of relief (if only for the language!) the second we stepped into that cab at the airport. Great photos--thanks for sharing!

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  28. BEAUTIFUL photos. love it. i can't wait to have the dollars to see europe - so lovely. i am living in south america right now, and we love it.

    kylie :)

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  29. Ah awesome photos! I love seeing how foreigners experience London! Living near London, yes it rocks and Im sure it's easy to transition to, especially for Americans! My fiance is American & is doing the move ;)

    M x

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  30. just stumbled upon your blog and i am so glad i did. gorgeous photos! that drink looks so good!

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