A Day at the Museums

Sunday, February 24, 2013

One of the things I love most about London is that people always seem to come for unexpected visits. Whether they're in transit or on spontaneous road trips, its always full of old friends. And when friends come to visit you can bring them to do loads of touristy stuff without feeling like you're not a true Londoner...

This weekend my friends came down from Edinburgh and we spent a Night Day at the Museums and did lots of other girlie things. 

Any London Trip should start with The Hummingbird Bakery, to refuel energy you know... 

After spending about 20 minutes trying to figure out what we wanted we settled for Black Bottom, Red Velvet and Carrot Cup-Cake. Yum.

Now to the museums, we started by the V&A and its endless galleries...



We really liked the fashion section, museums are a great place to go at anytime in London. Boys, this would make a great afternoon date idea... Make you seem sophisticated and literate, and there really is something for all tastes, (plus its free admission! )

We then moved on to something even more exciting... the Science Museum!


I always find it amazing to come across things you learnt about in class in real life... well if you can consider the science museum real life. It is now with great pleasure that I present you molecular structures of metals, with some lovely grains and evidence of hot rolled production!


Lovely I know...
The Science museum is really very exciting, it's not only geared towards kids as some of it is actually pretty high level science! And there are always plenty of buttons to keep kids (or Rhi and I) interested.

The Main Hall is very impressive and has a bridge on the 3rd floor going across it.



Rhiannon was scared of heights and not very impressed.



Uhm yes we do!


I wonder if anyone will be wearing that one at the Oscar's tonight?

Being two Frenchies in London we decided it'd only be fair to stop by a French cheese & ham shop : La Cave à Fromage.




I originally heard about it through one of my favorite bloggers, The Londoner, and can only recommend it again! Great service, very dainty dining room, and great food.

Had a great weekend... bring on next week (and possibly a diet)!





A day in Chiswick

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

We've had amazing weather this past week, and the fact that I'm taking such note of that makes me wonder if I'm not becoming a Londoner after all, I've stopped taking the sun for granted and everything!

Like any good Londoner during sunshine, I roamed outside. This weekend's roaming prey was Chiswick, a beautiful suburb in West London with paths going all along the Thames and pretty much no tourists (amazing!).



The path along the Thames has beautiful little houses which are sometimes converted into cafés, pubs and small restaurants. All with dainty terraces filled with crispy cold pints and glasses of rosé!







Something we don't have much in France but a tradition I am well intent on keeping... are picnics. But not any kind of picnic! The real deal, homemade sandwiches, bottle of rosé and a sunny afternoon... This weekend I made homemade Rosemary Foccacia bread. And let me tell you... once you've had a homemade foccacia sandwich it pretty much ruins any other kind of sandwich you'll ever have (true story). And if you throw in some homemade pesto with mozarella and proscuitto well then.... it gives this, and a picture is worth a thousand words!



A post about making Foccacia is coming shortly do not fret!

It's really nice to enjoy nature once in a while, even 20 minutes from Oxford Street you get to see all sorts of beautiful creatures...




Beautiful creatures I tell you....

Now what did you do this weekend? Hoped you soaked up some Vitamin D, I sure did!


Hello World

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A new blog! Shocking isn't it? I've wanted to blog for some time now. Ever since I moved to London in September I've been visiting amazing places and going to cool, original bars and restaurants... I tried sharing everything using Facebook.. but it's just not the same! Facebook doesn't let you tell your story. It asks for your pictures and wam-bang-thank-you-mam, but I wanted to be dined and cuddled too! Hence the blog.

The Gift of Gab[y] may seem like an odd choice of name, but there's thought behind it I swear! Having the Gift of the Gab is "the ability to speak easily and confidently". And my name is Gaby! Clever right? Right?

You already know I just moved to London, and I can in no way pretend to be a Londoner already! I don't walk fast enough in the underground to be one, I don't have the "sun guilt" syndrome yet and I haven't ever had fish and chips (blasphemy!). I'm more of a Londoner in Training, and through this blog I will try to make you discover, or rediscover, London with a fresh pair of eyes...
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