Wednesday, September 24, 2008

PORTOBELLO FLEA MARKET

Have you seen the movie "Notting Hill" with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant? It was a favorite of mine a few years back; so when we were in London recently, I had to check out the Notting Hill area and especially the Portobello Flea Market.

We were told to get there early as the crowds start to get really large by 10:30 a.m.


One of our first stops was for a delicious sweet crepe for our morning snack. We sat to eat on some steps at a doorway that led to an apartment; and visited with some delightful locals.
The crowds started to build, so we continued on our way checking out more great looking food!

Look at the beautiful tulips!


Different flavored olives to buy by the cupful.

Fresh fish!!


The meat market with "baby chickens"???


We got so engrossed with the shopping opportunities that we neglected to take any pictures of the antique booths except this one with beautiful linens.


There was booth after booth of luscious sterling silver and dishes, ethnic treasures, tools and other little treasures.


There were street musicians.




We managed to spend some money on an old wooden plane, a black cashmere hand-embroidered shawl, silver charms for every one's charm bracelets, London t-shirts for the grand kids, and other little wonders to remember our morning on Portobello Road.



It was very warm that morning and we had walked about 20 blocks, so we found a little lunch counter over an antique store for a lunch of sausage rolls and a cold drink.
Then it was time to say goodbye to the English bobby.




Then we went to the subway station to head to the cool, calm and quiet of the Victoria and Albert Museum for the afternoon.


Thanks for stopping by,

Sally


5 comments:

Smilingsal said...

I've seen the movie--loved it too. You went to an Event!

Brown-Eyes said...

Hi Sally...I love the name of your blog! If we ever get to go back to London, Portobello Flea Market will definitely be a priority...
thanks for the info... ;0( Bo

onlymehere said...

This sounds like an absolutely incredible adventure you went on! I can't even begin to imagine it. Maybe someday we'll travel.

nikkicrumpet said...

How very cool...I've always wanted to visit London. And that area looks like a ton of fun!

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Oh my, can you imagine having access to that all the time! I would be in heaven (but poor)! Wonderful pictures!

Manuela