Traveling …

 

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It’s been awhile!

 

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Out with the Old, in with the New …

 

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And I will live this Year in honor of Rodney.

Rest in Peace, Thank You for being a part of this Life, and watch over our Stephanie

XXX

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And 50 is here: Fabulously full of Blessings, full of Lessons.

It all started with a trip across the Pond to the UK, my most favorite part of the World, to honor the Milestone. If anyone truly knows me, knows how much of a full blown Anglophile I am. England has my heart, it has my soul. It was the only place to turn 50 and I am finally sharing this Journey in upcoming posts!

My life long love of England started at an early age: My very first visit to London was when I was 12 on a Two Week, 7 Country Tour.

This is my most fave pic of the trip because I have camera in hand. I will scan those pics one day:

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My Second Trip in 2003 was for an Art Show at Truman Brewery , fell in Love with East London and Brick Lane , and did lots of walking and taking Random Photos:

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The Third Trip in 2005 was for a Second Art Show at The Bridge , more falling in Love with Brick Lane, and playing with Street Photography:

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The recent Trip was the starting point of an 8 Day Journey through 4 Cities to honor the Birthday and to Explore.

It must be said, I do love an Airport and a Plane Ride:

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… Then you magically arrive and the Adventure begins!

First, a bit of a Layover in Dublin ( Cross that off my Bucket List ) + my first Stamp in my New Passport:

 

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Then we finally landed in London: Excited, Tired, and I felt completely at Home.

Thank YOU Sis Cuz Sophia for Documenting the following moment in our very expensive Cab Ride, Documenting numerous other moments on the trip, and making sure I wasn’t on my own when I turned 50!

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We stayed at a Funky Hotel in my East London:

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And seriously, the best Key Cards ever:

 

 

We tried to fit in as much as we could into 3 nights + 2 Days.

Walked a lot in the Rain + Snow …

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Accidentally ran into St. Paul’s Cathedral :

 

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Randomly got off at this Tube Stop ( Tower of London ):

 

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Click this Link if Video Bit doesn’t play!

And we typically took the Tube, got lost on the Tube, made Friends with people on the way to the Tube.

 

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Then if we wanted to make the most of our time, we rode Cabs + Ubers, and sometimes the Music hit me, right there.

 

 

But most times I felt like Linda McCartney , taking photos out of moving Vehicles.

I was creating my own Documentary:

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We finally made it to Brick Lane, a place that epitomizes c r e a t i v e  e n e r g y.

I had wanted to spend the whole of Sunday meandering through the Markets, smelling Curry admist the Graffiti, and reminiscing. But sometimes in Life, you can’t go back.

I experienced what I was supposed to.

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Meandered out of the Snowy Cold and into this Market at the Truman Brewery:

 

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THIS is my London, Folks like him.

Then I randomly stumbled upon, THIS COAT. It took me all of 5 minutes to try it on, find out it fits me p e r f e c t l y, and fall in love with it ( that is the face of H A P P Y below ). The SO sweet booth owner ( should have given him my business card, but at least I introduced myself ) told me it was a 1944 British Red Cross Trench Coat, and with that, it became the b e s t ( 50th ) Birthday Present ever:

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LOVE LOVE LOVE IT.

It weathered the British Rain, Snow, and my backpack heavily laden with Photo Gear for the rest of the Trip.

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These guys.

The conversation + their dandy – ness was the Cherry on Top ( actually my Wood Brick Lane sign was ) of the best Shopping Experience of my Trip, a trip that wasn’t about shopping.

Then out onto the street to Document:

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Yes, I’m back and in front of where I had my first Art Show in London, at The Truman Brewery!

And just a taste of the Famous East London Graffiti:

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In My Element.

Next Blog Post: The Birthday

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 PS Endeavour Season V starts on Sunday, just in time for me to Blog about my new love, Oxford.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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