London has a lot of busy markets that locals and tourists both enjoy. Not just the food; the souvenirs and the trinkets that are sprawled all around the area make it a treasure trove of finding something even the thriftiest person would fancy. Maybe one we are most familiar with is the Portobello Market.
Portobello is easily accessible from Notting Hill Gate, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park tube stations and by bus routes servicing Ladbroke Grove and Notting Hill Gate. And yes, Portobello road is where most of the movie Notting Hill was filmed.
^Trafalgar square under renovation
It was quite chilly in London at the end of October. And there were renovations being done around the city, particularly Trafalgar square. First order of business was picking up the London Pass we bought online from the physical store. It was behind the National Portrait Gallery, one of the buildings surrounding Trafalgar square. Below photo shows my shot of the NP gallery building and hubby with me in the frame taking a picture. 😉
One of the more charming districts in Vienna I don’t get to explore as often as the first is Gersthof, the 18th. It has a lot of little stores selling trinkets and whatnots, it’s quieter than the usually busy streets of other districts. When I dine in one of the restaurants there, my day gets better having had good food with good company.
No winter is complete without experiencing Vienna’s biggest iceskating rink! As long as we have our thermo-gloves on, we’re good to go. The cityhall is filled with stalls selling treats, hot chocolate, coffee and teas and all the hot goodness to give you warmth as you move about on icy grounds.
So off we go to the big rink, Wiener Eistraum…or Vienna’s Icedream (Wiener Eistraum, click for more).
Winter finally manifested itself in our region…though it depends on the person wanting to view it as fortunate or otherwise. We have had an inch of snow for a 3-day downpour…and as they say it’s like winning 10 cents in the lottery! ^_^ Not much snow photos to show this time around then. And as the kids’ semestral break came, I had planned for us to go about the city, eat and explore museums.
Walking in Bologna was like visiting the past and seeing present Italy in a whole new light. It is home to the oldest university in the world, the University of Bologna, which was founded in 1088 and is still functioning to this very day. Surviving many wars and reforms, it is a great feat that the city has been preserved and its rich cultural heritage can still be seen today.