The Streets and Markets of London

Me along the South Bank on the River Thames

I can now say that kicking off six months of traveling by starting in London was a great idea. This was my first time in England and visiting London. I spent a total of six days there and the last few days were spent visiting an area called the South Bank and walking around Camden Market. To catch up on the first part of my visit, check out my previous two blog posts.

Sun setting on the River Thames along the South Bank

Eulanda Enjoying the South Bank and the London EyeOn Sunday, my friend and London host Eulanda took me to the South Bank for a fantastic event: the Chocolate Festival. Since both of us are enthusiastic lovers of chocolate, we especially enjoyed the occasion and had the company of each other and delicious chocolates as we later strolled along the River Thames. The area was busy with visitors and locals who were out like us to enjoy the bright sunny weather. The National Theatre is in this part of London as well as the famous EDF Energy London Eye, which you can ride for a beautiful view of the city from high in the air. We didn’t enjoy this experience since the line was quite long and we were plenty happy to continue strolling. We made our way across the Westminster Bridge for pictures of the Big Ben Clock Tower and Westminster Abbey before taking the Tube back home. After all, we had to get ready to go salsa dancing that night. We had a great time dancing it up in the salsa place that Eulanda has found and frequents on Sunday nights. Sorry to not have details now as to where it is located, but if you leave a comment asking, I’ll send you the information once I get that.

Inside the beautifully vibrant Camden Market Hall

The next day we did some more strolling around with Eulanda’s friend Sage, this time along Oxford Street before making our way over to Camden Market. There was live music taking place in the main plaza and great little shops and pubs within the beautiful market hall and along the streets. I preferred this to the busyness and crowded sidewalks of Oxford Street.

My six days in London turned out to be an easy-going visit that focused on being with locals versus seeing a lot of the typical sights. Keep in mind that I also still work during all of my travels so almost each day had me devoting time to my business and clients. Overall I feel like this first visit gave me more of an idea of how to get around London and what to see when I visit again soon.

Next stop? Milan, Italy…come back soon to read about experiencing this city and area of Northern Italy in all its glory!