Travel and Adventure – Part I (Londinium)

It feels odd sitting here bleary eyed…
The first inevitable wave of jet lag washing over me.

My bag is still sitting in the hallway. I can’t quite bring myself to start unpacking. Once I have unpacked its official – my travel adventure is over.

My trip, part work/part pleasure, took me 16,500 km away.
Back home…

Passport ready and trip planned...

Passport ready and trip planned… (image by Sabi Style)

 

First stop London…

For me, no adventure to London is complete without heading dark underground for a journey on the tube.

Did you know it’s the oldest underground railway network in the world?

 

London Underground - 2013 marks 150 years of operation

London Underground – 2013 marks 150 years of operation (image by Sabi Style)

 

The iconic phrases “mind the gap” and “stand clear of the doors please” started to be used in 1968…

 

"Mind the gap"

“Mind the gap” (image by Sabi Style)

 

I think that is what I secretly love about London.
The history…

Its amazing to think that for two millennia people have been living and working there.

 

Seeing this sign from 1897 I can't help but ponder who was "C.E. Brammer"?

Seeing this sign from 1897 I can’t help but ponder who was “C.E. Brammer”? (image by Sabi Style)

 

Fulham Fire Station, London - 1896 (image by Sabi Style)

Fulham Fire Station, London – 1896 (image by Sabi Style)

 

There is something really exciting about being in a space that is so alien from how we now live. I love an opportunity to step back in time and experience a space first hand…

 

Detail of a Georgian Interior at the Hurlingham Club (image by Sabi Style)

Detail of a Georgian Interior at the Hurlingham Club (image by Sabi Style)

 

Ceiling detail of a Georgian Interior at the Hurlingham Club (image by Sabi Style)

Ceiling detail of a Georgian Interior at the Hurlingham Club (image by Sabi Style)

 

I love seeing the blue plaques on a building marking the homes or workplaces of famous people.
No longer are they characters from a history lesson but real people living and breathing right where I am standing.

 

Blue Plaque - Lord Palmerston, twice Prime Minister and three time Foreign Secretary (image by Sabi Style)

Blue Plaque – Lord Palmerston, twice Prime Minister and three time Foreign Secretary (image by Sabi Style)

 

There are of course the iconic buildings and places from Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey to Trafalgar Square with Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson standing watch upon his column.
And then there is the Palm Court at the Ritz for the world-famous institution that is “Tea at the Ritz”.

 

Ritz Hotel (image by Sabi Style)

Ritz Hotel (image by Sabi Style)

 

At every turn there is a reminder that generations of people have walked where you are walking – all with their own unique stories…

It has made me realise that one of the reasons I became an interior designer is to help people tell these stories through the space they call home.

 

Union Jack (image by Sabi Style)

Union Jack (image by Sabi Style)

 

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