Saturday Snapshot 22

Hey everyone! Please excuse me for the week-long blog hiatus- I have not yet mastered the art of blogging while traveling. In fact I didn’t even bring my laptop to London which is where I just spent several blissful and sunny days. (Yes, sunny, warm London weather in March. Can you believe it?)

While I journeyed to London briefly in 2010, this was my first time really exploring the city and I have to admit I kind of fell in love. And took hundreds of pictures, of course.

So, which photo is your favorite shot of London?

Photo A


I spent one afternoon wandering around the charming neighborhood of Notting Hill, which you may know from such films as… Notting Hill. I particularly enjoyed my time antique shopping admidst the colorful buildings on Portobello Road… post soon!

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Portrait photography was my first love when my dad bought me a point-and-shoot at age 12 and I have to say I really like this portrait of Julia on the Thames. Julia, for the record, is one of the three French girls I take care of. She’s 16 years old but is so mature for her age- as well as funny, stylish and an absolute joy to hang out with.

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We had fun scrounging the delightfully grungy markets at Camden Lock, which is a canal/shopping area located in the hipster neighborhood of Camden.

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Another neighborhood we enjoyed exploring? The very ritzy Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. We picked out our dream townhouses while snapping pictures of cars worth more than my ransom.

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When we spotted some break-dancing in Trafalgar Square, I switched my camera to sports mode and rapid fire shot some photos of guys busting some very impressive moves.

As always, thank you for reading Ashley Abroad- thank you for following along with my journey, your support means so, so much to me!

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About Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is a travel and lifestyle blogger who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since college she has au paired in Paris, backpacked the world solo, and lived in Uganda. Her work has been featured by Buzzfeed, Forbes, TripAdvisor, and Glamour Magazine.

16 thoughts on “Saturday Snapshot 22”

  1. I love your blog! Such fun happy times you are having, and I love “coming along” with you every day or so ;) London is a fantastic city — you should try Pieminister – they have the best pot pies ahhhhh. Tried it in Amsterdam; however, I think it’s from London?? Yummmm

  2. Great photos! I was in London last spring and was also lucky enough to experience five sunny days in a row — in April! Maybe London’s weather reputation is worse than reality? :)
    Looking forward to reading all about your time in London! I totally get why you fell in love with this amazing city!

    • Five days? Wow, I was thrilled to get one. And yes, I remember reading your London posts, there were so many cool things that you did that I wanted to do too but I didn’t have time! Oh well, just one more reason to go back :)

  3. Love your photos! Especially the one of Julia, it’s lovely! I keep saying I need to get down to London, especially as I’ve got family and friends there. How come the places that are the easiest to get to are often the ones you never get round to fitting in? Must make plans!It’s only a couple of hours on the train for me after all!

  4. Hello – i followed your comment on Candace’s blog and thought I’d let you know I stopped by. I currently live in London but am moving in a month to Guernsey. I’ve been here two years and can confirm to you that you were VERY lucky to have sunshine – it’s a rare commodity here. It’s made me quite sad, although I hear Paris isn’t much different. For some reason, though, Paris seems more bareably even with the rain.

    You certainly got to see some of the fancy places, although you made it to Camden which is a good representation of the more grim areas of London. I live and work in South East London, so my view of the city is VERY different than what I envisaged it to be when moving over from Canada.

    I’m off to find a SUBSCRIBE link. x

    • Hi, Jen! Thanks for stopping by, glad to have you. Camden is fantastic, I wish I would’ve had more time to explore other artsy neigborhoods like Shoreditch but I honestly just ran out of time!

  5. When I was last in London, I was lucky to get one sunny day out of 5 and we spent the day exploring all the markets (where I spent searching for the Blue door from Notting Hill) So I have to go with number 1 ;)

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