If you have the chance, as I did, to visit Notting Hill and the famous vintage market that runs on a Saturday I would highly recommend it. The area is absolutely bustling with people and interesting stalls. You can buy everything from obscure vintage mushroom prints to vintage cameras to waffles. I would recommend the waffles. I almost caved and bought myself a vintage camera but instead purchased a print from the 1920s and some other cute nick nacks. I really did love this area of London. I mean, look at those buildings! There were a couple side by side in different shades of purple that I fell in love with. How could you not?
Before getting to see Tower Bridge open up to let a Navy ship pass through, Mel, her cousin Shane and I climbed all the way to the top of the Monument. My gosh, that was A GIGANTIC AMOUNT OF STEPS. My legs were shaking by the top. Halfway through the climb Melissa and I looked at each other, silently asking "Seriously, how many more steps can there be?". There was a lot more. It was worth the climb though for the view. One can see all over the City, from Tower Bridge to the Shard and over to the Gherkin.
A little bit of background: The Monument was built to commemorate the Great Fire of 1666, which started in a baker's home on Pudding Lane exactly 61 metres from the column. That is also the exact height of The Monument, which was built by Christopher Wren.
It was a good start to our day exploring the City, as we were able to gain our bearings (though after 311 steps, our legs weren't quite up to taking us anywhere).
Hi! I'm Louise. I am a writer, photographer, traveler, book fanatic and blogger. I love to post about my adventures and the little things I do that make life fun.
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