Friday, January 31, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014
|Borough Market with the Shard in the background.|
|The market is in the shadow of Southwark Cathedral. |
Similar to how the markets in Taiwan are usually by a temple.
|Nice farmer's stall. I bought some figs.|
|Love these kinds of tomatoes. In Venice, I was told that they were for cooking. No idea they were called "Cow's Heart". And jeez, they're expensive.|
|Turkish Delight in all manners of flavors. And I thought Asia had invented gummy candy.|
|I was really wired after Turkish Delight and Turkish Coffee.|
|They apparently do hunt pheasants in England.|
|These pies actually look really good.|
|I'll have to ask someone just what is a banger boy.|
|A nice walk along the Thames with St. Paul's in the distance.|
|Tate Modern - it's FREE!!!!|
|Surrealist exhibit visited by the ghost of Magritte.|
|I was really struck by the perfection of this piece by Meredith Frampton. In the corner (not sure if you can see it), there's a crack on the wall. See below.|
|Self-portrait on a detail of Meredith Frampton's painting.|
|Christian Schad painting. Amazing portrait of jealousy. The woman has a cut on her face.|
|Detail of another painting by Meredith Frampton. So gorgeous.|
|Another incredible painting by Christian Schad of two people from a sideshow. Love the directness of their gaze.|
|Soviet propaganda posters.|
There was also an exhibit of photographs by Harry Callahan. I loved the double exposures and thought it would be interesting to superimpose my reflection on the double exposures. Sort of like a triple exposure.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Being a Taiwanese girl, I naturally make a beeline to outdoor markets wherever I go. In London, I've hit three of the major outdoor markets so far. Took me until the second market for me to realize that it really is like Taiwan here: if you want to eat cheaply and well, skip the restaurants and head to a market. I'm staying in the West End so the first market I hit was Camden.
|This is what you see after you exit the tube and make a right. I was disappointed at the chintz.|
|Reminded me of that cheap tee-shirt area next to Tower Records. Or St. Marks Place.|
|But I kept going, hoping to find something a little more interesting.|
Lots ofshops had creative exteriors.
|After five minutes, I found myself on a little bridge over a |
waterway. In the distance was this sign.
|To the right are kiosks of cheap fried food, which you can eat on motorbikes overlooking|
the lock. It was kind of eh, so I crossed the street and went to the other side.
|This side was much more interesting. There were all these interesting little restaurants.|
|The west side of Camden Lock.|
|Duck confit for £6?! I wish I hadn't eaten already.|
|Any place with a nice second-hand bookstore must be the place.|
|Londoners getting their food on in Camden.|
|I remembered this ice cream shop from the guidebook.|
|See those grey urns behind that guy? That's liquid nitrogen, used|
to instantly freeze the the ingredients.
|Caramel white chocolate ice cream with pistachio and fleur de sel. Incredible.|
|I kept going and found myself in an old stables yard that had been turned |
into a marketplace. This really reminded me of Taiwan. Same chintzy clothing
and carnival atmosphere. It's probably full of teenagers on the weekend.
|Odd but interesting gazebos to eat under.|
|Mixed in with all the cheap stalls, there were a few shops with genuine pieces.|
Like this place, run by an Italian guy from Bologna.
|The stables yard had all these statues of horses.|
|More horse sculptures and two shops of slightly chintzy retro clothing.|