Exploring Leadenhall…

Tuesday 19 March 2013


This quote really resonated with me. As far back as I can remember, I have been an explorer. Amongst posters of David Boreanaz (*cringe*) and Brad Pitt, pictures of Egypt, Croatia, America and Thailand lined my walls. Unfortunately as fate would have it, money was very tight at home (i.e. non existent) and I wondered whether I would always really want what I thought I could probably never have.  But when I turned 18, things changed for me, I packed my bags, took out a loan and decided to defy the odds and change my future. With my trusty sidekick (who is now my husband), we set out to the see the world – 8 years later, we are still doing just that. I don't think I will ever shake my need to explore. It's  as ingrained in me as my need to breathe. 

Here are some shots taken from an empty Leadenhall Market in the city – just another day we went exploring! You might recognise it from Harry Potter and The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus. Leadenhall Market has been around since the 1300s and in 1411, former Lord Mayor Richard 'Dick' Whittington gifted the market to the City. Can you spot the wrought iron hooks along the wall where the produce used to hang?

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  1. It's just magical. London is such a great place to base yourself if you want to travel. It's only a hop, skip and a jump to some amazing places. Lucky you x

  2. I know exactly what you mean. I get the opposite of homesickness: I get really upset and yearn for foreign places to visit. Unfortunately money is mostly a little too tight for the big exploring holidays and having a child in school age doesn't help either....

    This market looks beautiful, gorgeous architecture. Have a lovely week xo

  3. I want to school and travel now :). I always fall in love with you pictures.

    I think it's great you took upon yourself to see the world. I really should do the same more often. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Those words really resonate with me. I've always been drawn to exploring the world. I've been to New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, all through Europe, Argentina, Bali, Mexico, Canada and throughout the U.S. My travel booklet still needs filling, but we have little ones now, so it's harder! :)

  5. that brought tears to my eyes, you describe that longing so well. i used to look at national geographic magazines at my grandparents and vow to visit every corner of the planet (minus the amazon, i have just never had much of a desire for going there!). i was lucky to be able to travel *a little* before my kiddos came along now i virtually travel through you and erin ; ) but the only solace i have in them leaving the nest someday is i am going to too! if i didn't have that need to travel someday i'd probably be one of those weirdo moms that cried to their kids not to ever leave me. these photos are gorgeous!

  6. i love your story on the background of how you became an explorer :) a great reminder to just go for it!


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