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We walked about 5 miles around London this weekend.


Waterloo train station..

tube escalator cute doggy on tube escalator

We were going to go to Masters Superfish (the name amused us, which I think was the main appeal) for fish and chips, but they were closed so we ended up eating lunch at a little restaurant in Waterloo.

waterloo restaurant and cafe waterloo restaurant and cafe

Watched Final Fantasy: The Spirit Within in Leicester Square, ate ice cream at the Haagen-Dazs restaurant and then wandered aimlessly..

haagen-dazs chinatown gate chinatown restaurant

soho arcade ms hq in soho

We took the bus back home and sat on the top level. I hadn't done that for ages.

selfridges store window


Caught the tube to Baker St. and walked to Selfridges. We bought a box of freshly made turkish delights and some fresh feta cheese. Wandered around the Selfridges food hall for awhile. They have food from all around the world.. Lebanese, Japanese, Indian, French, etc.

Ate an early dinner at Wagamama..

wagamama soho hallway wagamama wagamama

Summer salad special: yasai soba salad:

Soba noodles with chicken, red peppers, pak choi, snow peas, spring onion, bean sprouts and chilli in a teriyaki, ginger and lime dressing

1 Asahi beer in two glasses.

Wandered some more around Soho and the surrounding area..

There have been Half-Life stickers all over London for the past 3 years, but the numbers are starting to dwindle.

half-life soho bookstore soho

I was supposed to leave London in June. Now by law I have to leave this month. I can't seem to break away.

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On August 15th, 2001 09:06 am (UTC), whorlpool commented:
I love the artwork at that cafe! Seeing all your pics makes me long so much for a digital camera.
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On August 15th, 2001 09:20 am (UTC), nomi replied:
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It was a cozy place, I liked all the warm colors. You don't see a lot of places like that in London. :)
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On August 15th, 2001 10:20 am (UTC), closethipster commented:
my jaw is on the floor, Naomi! wow. just, wow. why is it that DESIGN is leaps-and-bounds better in Europe than it is in the US? i can't thank you enough for posting your London photos -- they help me to remember what it is i loved about that place.

i'm sorry you have to leave, but i must say you seem to be taking full advantage of London while you're there..
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On August 15th, 2001 11:45 am (UTC), nomi replied:
It made me smile to see someone get so much out of those photos. :)

London and other large European cities are so full of astounding architecture, both old and new, that after awhile I think people start taking it for granted. I have to make sure I appreciate it and as you said, take full advantage of it.

Just up the street from us is the Hendon City Hall and the public library, both beautiful buildings. I love that they put so much into them and making buildings that last instead of using cheap as possible materials and then having to knock it down 5 years later.
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On August 15th, 2001 10:47 am (UTC), vulgarlad commented:

this shot is absolutely wonderful. the colors...my god, the colors! i would love to have a den/bar/lounge area in my house one day with illumination like this.

~the lad
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On August 15th, 2001 11:56 am (UTC), nomi replied:
It's so inviting, it remind me of St. Martin's Lane hotel here in London. You can adjust the light in the rooms to suit your mood and there's a multi-colored light bar.

The building in the photo belongs to the Evil Empire itself: Microsoft Headquarters, Soho branch. :)

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On August 15th, 2001 05:20 pm (UTC), scarfboy replied:
ah, so -that's- what they spend all their money on.. interior design:)
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On August 15th, 2001 06:04 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
haha no doubt, their offices in Redmond are pretty plush as well. ;)
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On August 15th, 2001 11:07 am (UTC), keith_london commented:
A fun way to use up a weekend - looks like you covered most of my favourite places! About time I did a trawl throught Central London again - properly, something I used to enjoy doing. I enjoyed the photos of the interiors, the light effects and the evening scenes..

If you do make it to Superfish, try out the "mushy peas"! (Tel: 020 7928 6924 - they say they open Sat and Sun 12- 3pm for lunch ). In case you are stuck for things to do (unlikely I would guess) theres Southwark, which has the oldest "pie and mash" restaurant (MANZE’S 87 Tower Bridge Road SE1 020 7407 2985)served with a liquor. It's near the Bermondsey Antiques market which is only open on a Friday morning (closes by midday).

Why can't you extend your stay? :-)
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On August 15th, 2001 12:05 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Thanks! I like Soho, Compton St., Carnaby St. and the parks the best. Oxford St., Trafalgar Sq., and Leicester Sq. drive me nuts after awhile. :)

I still haven't developed a taste for mushy peas yet. I've tried them twice now and they're not getting any more appealing, but I am willing give them another shot. We noted the restaurant opening and closing times and we may try to go again before I leave. Thanks for the other recommendations! Always willing to try something new.

I have been in and out of the UK for the past 3 years and this time coming in the immigration officer said I couldn't return in the UK without a fiancé visa (which we don't think they can enforce anyway) and that I had to leave after 6 months, which was when my visitor visa expires. Fortunately for us we're engaged anyway. :)
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On August 15th, 2001 07:14 pm (UTC), ex_scruffy286 commented:
I just wanted to say a quick hello, and mention how much I truly loved these photos. They are still loading for me if I click on them, but I've had a busy day, and I can't wait to come back to them tomorrow when I have more time. Thank you so much for taking the time to post these amazing photo that make me so hungry to travel... :)
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On August 16th, 2001 05:53 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Thank you, truly. :) I think they are switching servers and only half of my files were copied over so far, but I can't complain since they're being hosted for free.

Eventually I am going to put together a travel log of the past 5 years with photos. I just need to get access to a scanner, which shouldn't be too difficult. It's the getting motivated part that can be a challenge. :)
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On August 15th, 2001 07:36 pm (UTC), jaarronn commented:
It's just so nice....
to be able to travel around with you this way. I really enjoy your postings so much. Thank you!
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On August 16th, 2001 05:54 am (UTC), nomi replied:
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~smile~ Thanks for the compliment, I'm glad you're enjoying them.
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On August 16th, 2001 01:46 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Mind the gap!
Your pictures make me remember our several great trips to London; the excellent asian food, the crowdy streets, the astonishing buildings, the 'Mind the gap' ;-), the lounge bars, the shopping ... It's been over a year now since we were there last time, and I have no idea when we will be able to go again. It could take a while...
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On August 16th, 2001 06:00 am (UTC), nomi replied:
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It is a fantastic city, the more I explore it the more I realize how vast and complex it is. Nearly every time we go out we discover something or somewhere new.

"Mind the gap" is a phrase that will always be synonymous with London for me. :)

I hope you and G can visit again sometime in the future when I come back (next year, no doubt). It would be fun, not to mention great to see you guys again. :)
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On August 16th, 2001 03:29 pm (UTC), mattcallow commented:
i always meant to say, but never quite got round to it, that it was the wonderful photos you've been posting in your journal for the last few months that encouraged me to get a digital camera and start taking pics again.

so thanks :)
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On August 16th, 2001 05:28 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
That's so cool!

I've loved the photos you've posted recently, I hope you continue. :)
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On August 16th, 2001 10:22 pm (UTC), m00t commented:

"Land o' Goshen!" wheezed the saucy woman as the satanic corpulent pothead devoured her pink-tipped drives and squished his swinish stick shift into her glutted palace.

Miss ya bundles.
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On August 17th, 2001 04:46 am (UTC), nomi replied:

Thanks, miss you too sweetie. :)

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On August 17th, 2001 01:08 am (UTC), pry commented:
YAY! Happy Birthday Naomi :)

I love the picture in the tube of the dog being carried down the stairs. Thats the type of photo that is so unusuall, the "right person in the right place with the right camera at the right time" type of photo. Its quite striking, if you look at it from the thumbnail it almost looks like a piece of art.. a busy tube, lots of people, and right in the middle, where you would least expect it, is a dog peering out looking really calm and uneffected by the chaos around it, looking directly at you. The fact you can't quite see what is carrying or supporting it is also very cool imo, if it was walking down the steps then it wouldn't be so striking. I wouldn't find it strange if I saw that in an Photographic Art Gallery myself. I think it would make a cool music album cover too :)
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On August 17th, 2001 04:51 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Thanks Paul. :))

I was happy with that photo for the reasons you mentioned. Just one of those unexpected moments.

Also, the dog was so cute! The man picked it up and just slung it over his shoulder and it was so calm the entire time. Some people looked irritated that someone would allow a dog on the escalator, others were smiling and laughing. :)
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