Friday, April 18, 2014

Experiencing Spring in London

 photo 01_SpringLondon_zpsf6c22652.jpg


They say a picture says more than a thousand words. And while my inner photographer can certainly support that statement, the writer in me is not as sure. For a very long time, I felt like the only way for me to truly express myself was through writing. When I wrote, new thoughts entered my mind and I discovered things about my life and my feelings that I had not realized before. There were things I could not say in person, but only admit while writing and it often felt like the sentences were just flowing out of my hands.

Discovering photography opened new doors for me and self-expression. While I may not be obvious to other people, I definitely see a version of myself when I look at my pictures. I see the scenes that attract me and the images that bring a smile to myself and inspire me to live more positively. I see that I love color, the sun, the sea, nature, history and I have learned that I don't always need words to explain how I feel about a placeAm I more of a writer or more of a photographer? But does it matter?

Springtime in London was wonderful. Everything seems to become more magical and beautiful when the sun is shining upon it. Now that I'm back in Norway with grey skies and rain in the air, looking back at the photographs I took in London is a lovely way to reminisce about the past week. I'm trying to let the pictures do the talking… at least most of it. 


 photo 02_StKatherinesDock_zps36038588.jpg
St. Katherine's Docks

 photo 03_SpringLondon_zpsa5df6015.jpg  photo 04_StKatherinesDocks_zpsfa27c7d0.jpg
 photo 06_MeetingSarah_zps0b5a6b71.jpg


Meeting the lovely Sarah from The Wanderblogger for Brunch at The Breakfast Club in Soho. Fun location, great food and amazing company – we had a blast talking about travel, photography and just life in general. I hope we get to meet again one day soon, Sarah!


 photo 07_SevenDials_zps9bf3873b.jpg  photo 08_SevenDials_zps1ed93699.jpg  photo 09_CoventGarden_zps1c737cd1.jpg


Covent Garden is still one of my favorite areas in London. I love the relaxed, yet slightly refined atmosphere, not to mention all the great restaurants.


 photo 12_London_zpsb588a3a5.jpg  photo 13_LondonSpring_zpsb3a69f78.jpg


St. John’s Park near Buckingham Palace was the first place where I realized that spring had truly started already – seeing all the colorful flowers and the adorable little squirrels and birds reminded me that even in a city what I love the most is nature.


 photo 14_LondonSpring_zps9e64c8f5.jpg  photo 15_StJohnsPark_zps42dbacc5.jpg  photo 16_BuckinghamPalace_zpse4175604.jpg  photo 18_Barbican_zpsbf7112fc.jpg


Barbican Centre might not be the most aesthetically pleasing building complex in London, but it is a calm and relaxing oasis in the middle of the stress of the city. If you’re at all into contemporay installation art, make sure to see United Visual Artists: Momentum – I haven’t seen a piece of art that impressive in a very long time.


 photo 19_LondonGuildHall_zps29324b03.jpg  photo 21_HampsteadHeath_zps677ce780.jpg  photo 22_HampsteadHeath_zpsf18a6ef5.jpg


Hampstead Heath may be one of the most expensive areas to live in in London, but with good reason. Beautiful houses and close proximity to a place that looks more like a forest than a regular maintained park have made me decide that if I ever move to London with way too much money at my disposal, this is were I would want to live.


 photo 23_SomersetHouse_zpseb30ef73.jpg  photo 24_LondonSkylineNight_zpsea5fbf41.jpg  photo 26_NordicBakery_zps5112caa1.jpg


 photo 28_HydePark_zps6c93106e.jpg  photo 29_HydePark_zpsc099ae7e.jpg  photo 30_HydePark_zps68ca97fe.jpg  photo 31_HydePark_zps0d95a72c.jpg  photo 32_HydePark_zps1b553428.jpg


There’s no better place to experience spring in than Hyde Park!


What does spring look like where you live? 



 photo Signature_05_zps838c1678.png
Pin It Now!
Pin It button on image hover
Melanie Fontaine