South of the River Thames

London City ArchitectureThe view from south of the river Thames features quite a few iconic views of the ever changing London cityscape. Among them are 30 St Mary Axe (the Gherkin) which now looks like a little squirt compared to 20 Fenchurch Street (the Walkie Talkie building).

The Tower of LondonThe Tower of London.

Tower Bridge LondonTower Bridge.

City Hall London SouthwarkNew City Hall designed by Norman Foster. Southwark, London.

Waddesdon Manor

DSCN8669Greetings from the gorgeous and grandiose Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, England! The stunning French chateau inspired mansion once owned in entirety by the Rothschild family could easily be described as a dream home and I for one wouldn’t mind moving in immediately. Granted, it’s no Versailles but in England I believe this is as close as one can possibly get.

Waddesdon Manor Interiors

Waddesdon Manor InteriorsI’ll be asking my darling grandmother for a refresher course in proper napkin folding so that one day perhaps my own dining table will look as triumphant as this. Luckily, I already have some of the tools necessary with a set of white table cloth napkins with my monogram. My dream of a palace is quickly becoming a reality.

DSCN8691The entire house was filled with lush and extravagant interiors, beautifully complimented with an infinite number of chandeliers in varying styles and sizes.

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DSCN8742Although discretely tucked into the corner of one of the rooms, I have to admit to falling deeply in love with this adorable faint gold chair.

DSCN8789In the masculine bachelor’s wing there was an armoury corridor used to display an impressive collection of defensive treasures followed by a smoking room and a billiards room.

DSCN8815Even the view from the back garden proves that this is a gorgeous property. It also sits on top of a hill and has a terrific vantage point. Ah, what extreme envy I feel!

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DSCN8827A beautiful cast iron aviary is located on the pleasure grounds in order to house a collection of exotic birds.

Discovering Uppsala City

DSCN7284It’s been a new experience discovering Uppsala, Sweden with its many historic buildings such as Uppsala Cathedral which dates back to the late 13th century, Uppsala Castle from the 16th century, Uppsala University which was founded in 1477, and one of Uppsala University’s renowned scholars Carolus Linnaeus’s garden and house.

Uppsala Architecture

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Uppsala SwedenAlthough I’ve been extremely busy with the apartment renovation and interior design project that I’m currently working on, I’ve managed to squeeze in a bit of time to explore my surroundings. Here’s a glimpse of what I’ve found so far.

Uppsala City

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Uppsala Cathedral

DSCN7411Stepped inside the grandiose Uppsala Cathedral which dates back to the late 13th century to discover what intricacies lay within.

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Uppsala Cathedral, Uppsala Domkyrka

The highly decorated ceiling, walls, stained glass windows, and tombs must have been arduous work and unbelievably time consuming to create but it’s so amazing to see in entirety.

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Uppsala Cathedral, Uppsala Domkyrka

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Shopping Bug in Aoyama

DSCN7097I’ve got the shopping bug so what better city to be in! With Ginza, Aoyama, Omotesando, Shinjuku and many more exciting places, I’ve got plenty of old haunts to keep me entertained and busy. Here’s the stunning Prada building in Minami Aoyama.

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DSCN7085Pleats Please Issey Miyake

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Tokyo City View

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Greetings from a bleak looking Tokyo! But don’t let the lack of bright sunshine fool you as it’s still ridiculously hot here, much to my dismay. I’m trading in London and in exchange will be spending the summer in Tokyo where I’ll be up to my usual adventures.

DSCN6663I visited the 六本木ヒルズ (Roppongi Hills) city view observation deck to reacquaint myself with the city and get a great bird’s eye view of the packed city.

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Brighton Pavilion & Artisan Gelato

DSCN6369Although I find myself physically in Brighton it’s as if I’ve been transported to a foreign, exotic place when looking at and exploring the interiors of the Royal Pavilion. Think Taj Mahal meets Disneyland mixed with lots of chinoiserie and scattered empire style furniture. A bit of a hot mess stylistically which only goes to show the eccentricity and eclectic taste of it’s creator.

Brighton Royal Pavillion

DSCN6435After wandering the long corridors of the Royal Pavilion a hit of sugary, indulgent ice cream seemed only appropriate. Queue Gelato Gusto located in the heart of Brighton’s North Laine serving “artisan gelato” which might just sound like a fancy name for ice cream but given their selection of flavors, they certainly earned the title. Stocking flavors as wild and unique as Turkish delight, red bull sorbet, banoffee pie, maltesers, and blood orange sorbet to name but a few.

DSCN6427Ah I wish I could have bought a big cup with at least 10 different flavors giving me the chance to try the most intriguing ones on offer but alas I settled for a cup with two generous scoops, one of their sea salt caramel and the other maltesers. Yum, worth a trip to Brighton in itself!

DSCN6291I even found Bond Street in Brighton – not London and the excitement started brewing immediately but ultimately the experience was short lived upon realizing that the luxury boutiques I was expecting were nowhere to be found.