Vicarious Travel | London

Prince Albert Memorial

Back in May, Jordan travelled to London for work. He had a lot to do (meetings, photography etc.) so his trip ended up lasting a total of 10 days! I was so excited for this opportunity (slightly envious if I’m being honest, haha). Hopefully I can go next time. 😉

Jordan spent most of his time in and around the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London though he did get a chance to visit some of his favorite places around the city and even spent some time in the town Richmond. One thing Jordan did was photograph the 2015 Alpha Leadership Conference which took place in the world renowned Royal Albert Hall. Because of his press pass, he was able to explore almost every inch of this legendary venue. It was a treat for him to walk in the footsteps of some of the most legendary performers and leaders of all time.

I wanted to feature a few of his images on the blog because I think we could all use a little escapism in between our actual adventures. Here is to traveling vicariously!

Royal Albert Hall

Alpha Leadership Conference 2015

Alpha Leadership Conference 2015

South Kensington

South Kensington

^ Another view of the area that Jordan and I roamed a few years ago!

Kensington Palace

^Kensington Palace, the previous home of Princess Diana and the current home of William and Kate.

Notting Hill Gate

South Kensington

Big Ben

Westminster Abbey

^Looking towards Westminster Abbey.

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London

^Piccadilly Circus.

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Richmond, England

Richmond, England

Richmond, England

^These three photos were taken in Richmond, England.

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London

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Photo Credit: Jordan Short

Westminster

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Living near a city like Chicago, I have experienced large scale buildings. Chicago is known for its skyline filled with an abundance of architecturally impressive skyscrapers. In London, Jordan and I spent a day in Westminster exploring all that it offered. Walking a long the River Thames towards Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey was a must. I was completely blown away. These structures aren’t nearly the size of a Chicago skyscraper, but the intricate detail built into each inch leaves a lasting impression. When I think of all the secrets that the Abbey’s watchful gargoyles must hold, I get kinda excited.

After walking for a few hours we were ready for a good meal. We happened to discover a pub that was from the late 1700s. Jordan convinced me to try fish & chips for the first time and I wasn’t disappointed!

The day we took these pictures was quite cold and windy! Thankfully, I remembered to wear my grandmother’s pink leather gloves. My dad’s mother was quite fashionable and loved accessories. I thought it fitting to use them on this trip to London considering she liked to call me her little Welsh girl.

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Pretty in Pink

Pink House in Kensington London

Jordan was in charge of the camera when we traveled through London and Paris last month. His backpack carried the camera carefully from town to town. This made it natural for him to take most of the pictures. He has an eye for what is important to capture. As soon as I saw these colorful houses (especially the pink one), I immediately requested he snap a picture.

We stumbled upon this street after traveling through Kensington Gardens. These houses are located in Brompton, which is a district in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London. If there was a way for me to have that pink home and add a porch swing, perfection would be made.

Pink House in Kensington London