Happy New Year Everyone!
31 Aralık 2012 Pazartesi
29 Aralık 2012 Cumartesi
This morning a lovely and smiling postlady brought a big package from Eda.
Inside a colorful and lovely gift wrap, there were lots of surprises: a vintage style cushion cover, a christmas tree ornament, a film for watching in long winter evenings and a caaat bookmark! Wooow!
Dear Eda, thank you for all and happy new year!
27 Aralık 2012 Perşembe
Since two years we are going to watch the Peter Pan Cup swimming race on Christmas Day morning at Serpentine in Hyde Park. It’s nice to walk early morning in empty London streets and then to watch Serpentine Swimming Club’s yearly tradition.
Waking up at five o’clock to be there on time (because on Christmas day there isn’t any public transportation and there are only few black cubs on duty) and getting out in a dark and cold winter morning, is not looking so sympathic maybe but enjoying the emptiness and the silence of the streets, having fresh winter morning air in Hyde Park, receiving candies as Christmas Day treats from Santa who is waiting us in Serpentine, listening the bagpipe which is announcing the beginning of the race, watching the bravehearts jumping in the ice cold brown waters of Serpentine, is quite a good experience for two foreigners who live in London.
This year, the race was as successful as last year’s. But this year, when the swimmers were out of the water and running to the mulled wine for heating their purple bodies, we were as wet as they were because of the rain which is quite surprising thing in our little kingdom.
26 Aralık 2012 Çarşamba
Christmas Day morning we woke up at five o’clock in the morning for going to watch christmas swimmers in Serpentine in Hyde Park.
Last year, when we were walking there, we were quite surprised to see Oxford Street totally empty for the first time.
This year was the same.So, we enjoyed the emptiness of the main, busiest and most popular streets of London and took some christmas lights photos. The photo above, is taken at 7.30 o’clock in the morning in Oxford Street.
The Regent Street...
25 Aralık 2012 Salı
Last year was our first christmas in London and we were very excited about it. We were familiar with christmas traditions in our country and many other countries but, except the one of the best christmas movies Love is Eveywhere, we didn’t have so much idea about British christmas.
We decided to experience it in a fancy place with a nice christmas dinner. (Then, we were thinking that the christmas feast and the turkey time was Christmas Eve like in a lot of countries but we were wrong. Brits eat Christmas feast on 25 of December, Christmas Day and not dinner, lunch). All restaurants were taking reservations for christmas dinner (which was totaly different thing, this was for the christmas parties which people make with their friends in restaurants instead of home and during all december but no in Christmas Eve or Day.) So we didn’t make christmas dinner shopping and until last day kept our hope for finding somewhere but we were wrong again. At the end, christmas eve and day were not very “feast”ive days for us. After some light snack at home, we went to one of our favorite pubs (luckyly was open) and enjoyed the live music and warm British beer.
This year, after watching since two years all kind of Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsey, ...etc “christmas special” food programs, we decided having our “Very British Christmas Feast” at home. Days before we made our grocery shopping and ta taaa!
British turkey stuffed with meat, chestnut and onion and oven roasted potatos with goose fat: done!
Brussel sprouts and carrot cooked in our style: done!
Christmas pudding with brandy cream and mince pies: done!
Christmas crackers (of course purry ones): done!
Instead of eating on Christmas Day, we had our christmas dinner yesterday evening, on Christmas Night. After the dinner, we realised why Brits eat christmas feast at lunch instead of dinner when we were drinking cups of tea and trying to digest all those goose fat, brandy cream, etc. After the dinner we were planning to go to the pub for the live music, having more booze and dancing. But we were knock-out and drinking tea, lying at the couch and looking to our christmas lights.
23 Aralık 2012 Pazar
22 Aralık 2012 Cumartesi
As two people who grown up in Turkey, the tea is a important thing in our daily life. We love the tea and at home, we have always ready a good brewed tea in our teapot. And when the tea jar is less then half full, we immediately visit our tea shop in Covent Garden.
The Tea House at Neal Street no:15, is our favorite tea shop in London. This 30 years old, small, cozy shop has a variety of tea leaves and also any kind of teapots, tea cups and tea accessories.
By the way, after talking about our relationship with the tea, with this magical plant’s leaves, here is a video we like and want to share with you:
20 Aralık 2012 Perşembe
Small, 5-6 stalls pop-up christmas market at Dalston Pier. It’s worth only if you are in the neighborhood.
15 Aralık 2012 Cumartesi
This year’s Santacon was less joyful compairing the last year’s but the thing which was not missing certainly was the originality. This year there were some new Santas in the town.
The Beach Santas...
Santas throwing Brussel sprouts to Elfs...
Pink baloon Santas...
Some holy personages visiting Santas...
And some examples of this year’s Miss. Santa creations...
13 Aralık 2012 Perşembe
Yesterday we visited The Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition in National Theatre. There were some really good landscape photos.
After the exhibition, before going to the London Philarmonic Orchestra concert at the Royal Festival Hall, we stopped at the National Theatre’s bookshop and found The Christmas Book which is about everything about christmas time like traditions, food, legends etc. The Christmas Book written by Jane Struthers can be a good alternative to the perfect christmassy gift.
11 Aralık 2012 Salı
This is the best description of the actual situation. It's unbelievable. All nation is pregnant, all nation has morning sickness.
Not only in UK, in the rest of the world also is one of the most popular topics. Or maybe we should say the rest of the universe???
Source: The International Herald Tribune
6 Aralık 2012 Perşembe
5 Aralık 2012 Çarşamba
Yesterday evening we enjoyed a beautiful performance at Ciné Lumière, the cinema of L’Institut Français in South Kensington. It was a Sound on Screen organisation, a combination of parts of film on big screen and live classical music concert.
First part was Beethoven’s ‘Sonata Op. 47 for piano and violin’ performed by Alexander Schmalcz (piano) and Diana Galvydyte (violin) with Bernard Rose’s film ‘Kreutzer Sonata’.
Second part was Mahler’s ‘Piano Quartet in A minor’ performed by Alexander Schmalcz (piano) and members of Quatuor Voce with Martin Scorsese’s film ‘Shutter Island’.
And the third part was Schubert’s ‘String Quartet No.14 in D minor’ performed by Quatuor Voce (violin, violin, viola, cello) with Roman Polanski’s film ‘Death and the Maiden’.
Before the concert we had a glass of wine at the little bistro of L’Institut Français. It was a successful performance. And also thanks to this organisation, we learned that Ciné Lumière is a comfortable cinema which shows nice films. What we can want more?
3 Aralık 2012 Pazartesi
Every year the christmas and new year spirit come to our home 1st of December. But this year we couldn’t wait and we called the lights and the reds and the greens (and the cat) earlier. Since one week we enjoy the lights and the spirit.
25 Kasım 2012 Pazar
We love having fresh flowers always at home and keep changing mostly between sunflowers, peonies and sweet williams.
Sunflowers which bring the mediterranean feeling to our home in dark and rainy London days, are our favorites. Sometimes we love keeping the sunflowers few more days after they loose their freshness and we make our own Van Gogh art piece. So, this is our modest Van Gogh art.
22 Kasım 2012 Perşembe
Yesterday we were in Manchester. During this two years we went maybe ten times to Manchester but never before christmas. This time a surprise was waiting for us: a big christmas market. Best christmas markets we know are in Germany, they are really good on it. Christmas markets in London (except the Winter Wonderland where there is a lot of German touch) are not so successful.
Manchester Christmas Market, is a big classic German christmas market and it is brilliant. Main part of the market is in Albert Square. There are also stalls in King Street, Brazennose Street, Exchange Street, Hanging Ditch. If you want to visit, it will be open until 23 December, Sunday-Wednesday 12.00-19.00, Thursday-Saturday 12.00-20.30.
As a typical German market (even is in Britain), it was full of mulled wine, beer, sausage and chocolate smell, also christmas decorations, Polish pottery, lots of gift choice. We didn’t miss the chance to eat a good charcoal grilled German sausage.
If you want to bring home some of them, also there is opprtunity.
We first met in Frankfurt with Polish pottery and we love them.
For warming your feet in cold winter nights.
Who can resist to this variety of chocolates?
20 Kasım 2012 Salı
Since first day, our favorite, one and only coffee shop in London. This 125 years old little coffee store in Old Compton Street, is one of the best places to find coffee beans from all around the world in London.
When you step inside, coffee jars full of variety of coffee beans and the rich smell of coffee surround you. You can buy your coffee beans or ground. Also you can find coffee accessories, some chocolates, nougats and tea in this lovely shop. Even you are not a coffee person, visit, see and smell it.
19 Kasım 2012 Pazartesi
Yesterday we visited Photography from the Mountains to the Sea exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. It was a really good exhibion with black and white landscape photos taken by Ansel Adams, one of the masters of American art of photography, in Yosemite National Park between 1915-1984.
Most earlier work of him in the exhibition, was a photo captured when he was 13. He worked almost during all his life, until his death in this park with his 4x5 inches camera and took beautiful pictures of landscapes. He was a naturelover and even he was critisied by other photographers for taking the pictures of rocks and trees instead of taking documental photos during the hard ages of humanity, he just photographed the nature.
In the exhibition, there are also two documental films of 8min 34’ and 6min 40’ about this big artist and his art. Don’t miss this exhibition which will be open until 28 April 2013.
18 Kasım 2012 Pazar
A new market came to our neighborhood. Today first time we had a sunday market in Camden Passage. For the moment there aren’t a lot of stalls but anyway, it’s nice.
There are cheese, olive, cupcake, bread, ladies underwear, chocolate and handmade item stalls for the moment but it looks like our new little market will be very popular in next weeks.