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Portobello Market

So…

Today I met up with Gaby for a day around the Notting Hill district. We met up by Ladbroke Grove station at 10am, and walked together to check out the Portobello Market.

Portobello Market

Portobello Market

tents just being set up!

tents just being set up!

world-famous!

world-famous!

Portobello Road!

Portobello Road!

multiple crepe stalls!

multiple crepe stalls!

Tip for the day: it’s best to be at the market by 10am if you want to avoid the crowds, because by 11:30am it was like parting the Red Sea: impossible unless there was a miracle! Gaby and I decided to stick to food purchases and just window shop other items – although it was quite tempting to buy certain old pieces such as travel suitcases or old cameras!

beautiful notebooks

beautiful notebooks

porcelain pieces

porcelain pieces

old cameras

old cameras

travel tent!

travel tent!

army items

army items

I really enjoyed the acapella performances of the all-male group performing at the market (I can’t remember if they called themselves the Tectonics, Titanics, etc…). They sang “All Star” by Smash Mouth, and “Let Her Go” by Passenger!

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For food, we decided to go back to try the Nutella crepe at one of the deliciously-smelling tents. We also decided to try the Tartiflette – a savory dish made from reblochon cheese, lardons, onion, garlic, potatoes, and crème fraîche. Together we paid £3.50 each – not bad considering the portion sizes!

Plain Crepe Menu

Plain Crepe Menu

Savoury Crepe Menu

Savoury Crepe Menu

Nutella, please!

Nutella, please!

Tartiflette!

Tartiflette!

delicious!

delicious!

While walking around with our spoils, we figured out that next time we actually only needed to order one – both were quite filling on their own! Another tip of the day: when eating crepes (especially ones like the Nutella crepe), make sure to have a napkin – things can get messy once you start biting into the middle, which can ooze at the worst moments! We passed by several interesting sites on the way (such as the wall of pin-ups, or the hanging magnets), but we made sure to make time for ‘smelling the flowers’, as it were!

Tartiflette!

Tartiflette!

Nutella Crepe dusted with powdered sugar!

Nutella Crepe dusted with powdered sugar!

beautiful flowers

beautiful flowers

interesting wall!

interesting wall!

magnets?

magnets?

Finished with our first stop of the day, we decided to toss the plates into the bins and head off to the next item on our itinerary: Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park! I end this blog post with a close-up of my favorite magnet:

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