Saturday, February 12, 2011


After arriving at Heathrow Airport at 5 am, feeling very tired and in need of a shower, having traveled for about 26 hours flying and stopovers in both Sydney and Singapore. We made our way into London via the Express train to Paddington and then caught a black London cab to The Sloane Club, where we booked into the apartment.
Had to take a photo of the little turret reaching up to the sky ~ I just love the really old and beautiful buildings everywhere you look. Imagine all the hours of brick work, building these!
The Sloane Club apartment ( left hand side with the oval plaque) was our home for the next five days. It was very handy to the cafes and restaurants, Underground train station and many exciting shops.

This was Sloane street where we were staying, right in the heart of Chelsea.
Kate Middleton ( Prince William's fiance lives in Chelsea) and when we were out and about, I kept and eye out hoping we might see her, but we were not in luck.

London was our first stop on our trip and after having visited there in 2007, it was still as wonderful as ever.
The weather was true to London's reputation, grey skies and fairly cool, 5 - C, but after all it is winter time.

Have a happy weekend


  1. Oh, my, Carolyn, I will NOT complain about my 6 hour flight to Florida!! WOW 26 hours!!!

    These photos are wonderful! I am looking forward to reading all about your holiday!!

    Oh, darn, too bad you didn't get a glimpse of Kate!!


  2. Thank you so much for sharing your trip with us. I have always dreamed of visiting there one day.

  3. Precious Carolyn, I lived in Boston, Massachusetts for many years, and it resembles London to a TEE. Though I have never been to England, seeing these pictures brings back such fond memories. The UK is on my MUST SEE list for my next trajet to Europe! I hope you are well dearest...get your rest! Anita

  4. Have a wonderful vacation! I love it in London and do hope to travel back there in the next few years! Travel safe.

  5. Hi Carolyn! I'm very lucky for your comment on my allowed me to reach you!! How I adore London..I've lived there for 2 years and it was great!
    Hope you'll pass by me soon, I follow you!

  6. Beautiful old houses and a high, red bus :). Weather is quite grey and rainy allways in London I think. I have never been there :).
    Flights are long and hard but hope your journey was worth of it.
    By the way I'll try to write some words in english in my blog.

  7. Ciao mia cara!!!

    Ohhhhhhhh...con te, seduta sul divano mi faccio i più bei viaggi che ricorda!!!

    Un bacio GRANDE e sincero!!!

    Vero LONDON is wonderful!

    KISSES and HUGS...your friend from Italy! ;o) NI

  8. Nice seeing London on your blog today.....i have never been their...shame on me........lovely Ria....❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤....

  9. I love those old buildings! I swoon at old architecture and am so sad that new construction is often so sterile or flashy. What a wonderful place to call home for five days!

  10. Hi Carolyn,

    Oh lucky you to visit London. The Sloan club looks like a stylish appartment building! I hope you had a great time?!

    Lieve groet & happy sunday!


  11. I could never get tired of the architecture there. I would just be staring at that buildings until they dragged me away.
    Can't wait to see more.

  12. So you're officially a 'Sloane Ranger'- very cool!!

    Beautiful apartment building and a great part of London to stay, even though you missed seeing Kate, there were probably lots of other celebs in the vicinity.

    I adore England and I gather you do too Carolyn!!
    So glad you're home!
    ps only 4 more sleeps.....

  13. That's such a long trip Carolyn!! I'm sure you so... enjoyed finally arriving at your appartment. I love to see the architecture - so very different from home.

  14. Dear Carolyn!

    So pleased you enjoyed yr stay in London - we're lucky to be able to visit three or more times a year (only 3 hour flight from here!)to catch up on theatre, restaurants,the buzz etc!!

    Look forward to all yr other pics too! Have missed you & yr lovely blog!

    We're sending a Valentine to all our dear blogfriends through the blogosphere tomorrow (14th)! Do hope you can catch it too!

    Hope you're having a great weekend,

    XOXO Lola & Nora:)

  15. Carolyn

    HOW NICE OF YOU TO STOP BY CHEZ MOI! Thank you! You must be tired, jet-lagged and have much to do! I want to wish you a beautiful Valentine's Day with ALL those important to you. Enjoy the new week as February slowly backs away, and we here in the US can start thinking about Spring!!!

    Fondly, Anita

  16. It was a really nice house you lived in, so fun and go to London.
    I´ve never been there, but would love to go there. Nice photos, so fun to see them.
    Have a nice sunday

  17. Welcome home Carolyn,
    Finally we get to hear of your wonderful travels.
    missed you my friend.

  18. Dear Carolyn
    You are really lucky! Enjoy your trip,London is a fantastic city,I love it

  19. OMG, I so envy you. While you're in London, I'm here stuck with all the work :( Lol... Have a wonderful holiday, dear... Please take care during the trip...

  20. I love London!!!!!

    xx marina

  21. Dear Carolyn, how great you are in London now, just enjoy to the fullest your trip and share lots of pictures with us.
    hugs my dear
    p.s. 26 hours trip, that´s a lot my goodness!!!!

  22. carolyn, thank you for taking us with you via photographs. i too adore old, interesting buildings.

    big hugs!!

  23. Hi Carolyn, I love old architecture and such brick buildings too. They have so much more charm and details than contemporary houses.
    Hopefully you had some fun strolling through London.
    Hugs to you,

  24. What an incredibly long journey but oh so worth it! How gorgeous are those buildings!! WOW!! A dreamy vacation for sure!!
    xx, shell

  25. Chelsea is my favorite place to stay when we're in London! Glad you had fun!
    Monica xo

  26. carolyn, you have a beautiful blog! i love your teddy bears :o) these photographs made me go back about 10 years ago when i lived in london for a working/holiday year. i loved every minute of it!
    have a wonderful day


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