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Samsung Galaxy S8 Phone Photos – My No-Camera Vacation to London

My (awesome) husband surprised me by purchasing tickets to London, where we went mid-October for a week on Fall Break. Oh man, is that an awesome city! I guess it’s a stereotype that Americans love London, but whatever, it’s true in my case.

A few of my favorite things about London:

1.       The accents. I just find them so charming! We’d walk into a pub, and eventually just stop talking to each other so we could listen to the people around us. I know that sounds kind of creepy, and maybe it is, but it was truly about appreciating the accents and not about eavesdropping!

The Porcupine, where I had some delish fish and chips, and may or may not have heard some amazing accents.

The Porcupine, where I had some delish fish and chips, and may or may not have heard some amazing accents.

2.       The sense of history. Dang, the US is a baby! The country of the USA (not to be mistaken for the amount of time people have been here) has existed for 1/10th of the time London has. And you can tell when you’re there! The architecture and the tradition is just striking, despite how modern and cutting edge London is in some ways.

View from the South Bank. 

View from the South Bank. 

3.       The double decker buses. We took these guys everywhere, and it was still fun at the end of the week. I always tried to sit in the front row up top – awesome views of the logic-defying maneuvers these buses took through the traffic.

Our preferred mode of transportation.

Our preferred mode of transportation.

4.       The cider. We found some delicious cider that wasn’t too sweet, wasn’t too dry. We got some pints to go, and sipped on it all day, like a couple of hoodlums. But it was a blast.

A park where we may or may not have consumed said cider.

A park where we may or may not have consumed said cider.

5.       The markets. Honestly visiting markets is one of my favorite things to do on vacation. You just get such a real sense of a place! We loved the Borough Market and Camden Market.

Just a little bit of seafood paella at the Borough Market.

Just a little bit of seafood paella at the Borough Market.

Camden Market/Cranes In The Sky. Yes, that was a Solange reference. 

Camden Market/Cranes In The Sky. Yes, that was a Solange reference. 

 

To tell you the truth, I could go on and on, but I’ll just share the photos. Speaking of…

Flat white at Louie Louie in Southwalk. AMAZING. They know how to do coffee in the UK, and I was SO glad. 

Flat white at Louie Louie in Southwalk. AMAZING. They know how to do coffee in the UK, and I was SO glad. 

I’m not sure if you’ve ever heard this, but London can be a little rainy, and pickpocketing can be an issue. Luckily, we didn’t run into issues associated with either of these risks, but they contributed to a very weird thing. A thing I’ve never done before.

Street art in Camden.

Street art in Camden.

I didn’t bring my camera out of our AirBnb. NOT EVEN ONCE.

That’s right, all these photos were taken with my phone. Amazing, right? Let me just say, it was SO liberating.

Dock on the South Bank.

Dock on the South Bank.

Even though I love photography so much, and there’s nothing like my very favorite gear (you can read about my favorite gear HERE), even photographers sometimes need a break. It’s important to take time away to refresh and see things in a new way, and vacationing camera-free was just what I needed.

Inside the King Cross tube station.

Inside the King Cross tube station.

Chinatown at night in London. We ate some amazing dumplings there that night!

Chinatown at night in London. We ate some amazing dumplings there that night!

Dutch pancakes at the Camden Market. So good!

Dutch pancakes at the Camden Market. So good!

London Eye. You have to!

London Eye. You have to!

My very last meal in London, and it FINALLY lived up to its reputation of having gross food. This carrot cake with custard was truly awful. But you know, if that's the only unappetizing meal in a week, that's doing pretty darn good!

My very last meal in London, and it FINALLY lived up to its reputation of having gross food. This carrot cake with custard was truly awful. But you know, if that's the only unappetizing meal in a week, that's doing pretty darn good!

Well, I guess it wasn’t totally camera free 😉

 

Melissa Hirsch Photography is a wedding photographer specializing in unique, artistc wedding photos in Denver and worldwide. 

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