Exactly a year ago I visited London. It wasn’t my first visit nor it would be my last. On 11th of May 2016 I visited London for the 11th time! And it was the first time that I actually spent several days in London on my own. Previously, I’ve been to London with my best friend and occasionally on my own for a day trip but this was the first time that I got to spend 3 full days roaming the streets of London just by myself. And it was great!:) I blogged quite a bit about it so I’m just going to remind myself (and you, dear readers ) of some of the highlights of that trip.
Cats are the best, aren’t they? This is my cat Munchkin sleeping gracefully on my husband’s gym clothes 🙂 Cats can be described as cute, playful, mischievous, adorable, independent, intelligent, resilient, resourceful but also graceful.
Do you agree with me? Are you a cat person too?
Exactly ten years ago I visited LONDON for the first time. I’ve spent amazing time discovering London with my best friend M. and vowed to visit it again. After ten years and 11 visits to London I’m still in love with the best city in the whole world. And there’s still so much to do and to see. This year I went to London on my own and after initial missing-my-best-friend-to-share-London-with feeling I actually enjoyed wandering around London by myself. However, I do want to share my 12th visit to London with my best friend! When will it be? I don’t know. I don’t actually have plans of visiting London in 2017 ( shocking! I know 🙂 ) since there are other cities I want to explore in 2017 which have been pushed aside because of my constant visits to London (you can read all about my London adventures on my London Posts page).
I arrived to London on Wednesday evening (11 May). I stayed at a hotel at Norfolk square, Paddington so naturally the first thing I did in the morning was to visit the Paddington bear at the Paddington railway station (platform 1). I didn’t realize until the last evening that there was another statue of Paddington bear at the Norfolk square’s garden. Have you seen the Paddington bear movie? I remember going to the cinema with my husband on a Sunday morning in December a few years ago. We were the only adults there without the kids. Oops! Of course, the movie was based on a series of books written by Michael Bond and illustrated by Peggy Fortnum and other artists. The first book was published back in 1958 but Paddington bear’s popularity is still very strong today.
Some things always bring a smile to my face: chocolate, cats and the sight of Big Ben, just to name a few. I love travelling and I’m sure that a lot of you fellow travellers have a favourite city, place, region or even a country but I also know that it might be difficult to explain to other people why you prefer one place over another when there are so many gorgeous places in this world.
London is loved by many but you might wonder what made someone from a small country by the sea (Croatia) fell in love so much with such a huge city. I’ve tried to explain it a bit before but I’ve come to realize that love cannot be explained. We are who we are and we love what we love even if it defies logic or reason. I’ve first visited London in 2006. Since then I’ve been coming back almost once a year, always finding new things to discover and always re-visiting my favourites. It was a coincidence that I booked my eleventh visit to London on 11 of May, 10 years after the first visit. I usually go to London with my best friend ( I also showed London to my husband when we visited Scotland) but this time I went alone.
I arrived to London on Wednesday evening and returned home on Sunday morning so I had 3 full days in London; 72 hours to wander, to admire, to take photos, to say goodbye. I’ll write about my adventures but for now just a teaser of what’s to come. Enjoy 🙂
I’m leaving for London tomorrow! So excited! It’ll be my 11 th visit (it was really a coincidence when I booked my flight for 11 th of May!). I’ve got lots planned for this trip. I’m sorry that I haven’t had time/willpower to write about my recent trip to beautiful Stockholm but as soon as I got back from that weekend trip I started thinking about my London trip and I just couldn’t focus enough to write properly about my time in Stockholm. When I get back from this London trip I’ll write about Stockholm and I’ll post a lot about London:)
So, in the meantime you can have a look at my cat‘s photos! His name is Munchkin and my husband named him after his favourite game. He’s been with us for almost three years now. We got him from an animal shelter. He adores my husband who hasn’t had a cat before. Our cat spends his days chasing balls, eating, sleeping and cuddling with us. I squeezed one of his photo before in my post about different cats that I’ve encountered on my trips but he definitely deserves his own post ( hmm…maybe my hubby also deserves a post? but he isn’t really reading my blog so..:) ). Of course, you also saw him attacking my Christmas tree in this post (the cat, not the husband!). I do miss my husband and my cat when I travel alone occasionally. So, thank you for reading my posts and I’ll talk to you/write more when I get back next week!