Thursday, May 9, 2013

Portobello Market

  Shopping and sightseeing are two of my favorite things to do when traveling.  I love it when I can combine the two as in the case when I visit Portobello Market, the world’s largest antiques market, and a beloved London landmark.  Here you will find over 1,000 dealers selling every kind of antique and collectible, plus food, fashion, the works! It attracts visitors from all over the world who come to shop the most extensive selection of antiques in Britain.  We do not go to London without making a stop here, and always come away with as much as we can carry.
My dad had a birthday coming up when we visited.  He’s been a trumpet player since his youth, so we bought him the pocket trumpet (far left) for his birthday. 
I love culinary antiques (naturally!), so at this stall I treated myself to a set of Apostle Spoons.
This colorful shop was one of my favorites.  
 We both fell in love with a Didgeridoo.
It was unbelievably difficult to carry home with us.  I am convinced that it was this cumbersome and unusual piece of art that bumped us from coach to First Class.  I don’t think the airline people had any idea just what to do with it (or us!).


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11 comments:

Janet Rudolph said...

I love Portobello market, and the last two times I've been to London, we went directly there on arrival (very early Saturday morning arrival after 10 hour flight!)Treasures!!

Sonia said...

If I ever get to London will have to check this out!
Love marketplaces! Your photographs are lovely!
Miss Bloomers

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Love this store in Portobello! The little spoons are so cute, too. I think I'll make hubby for Saturday dessert the Baked Banana, French Toast with Maple Ginger! Wow, it looks great, you have the best recipes! Have a lovely Mother's Day, my friend.
FABBY

Alycia Nichols said...

Oh, for heaven's sake...this is THE place to be!!!! Look at all that stuff!!! I would be in overload mode!!!!!!

I've never heard of a pocket trumpet, but when I look at the picture, I may have seen one before. Very nice! I'm sure your Dad LOVED it!!! It's cool that he's a trumpet player!!!!!!

Marlis said...

I was in Londonduring the 70's and never made it to the Market. Now I'm sorry I missed it. It looks like a bunch of fun. Thanks so much for sharing. xo marlis

Linda said...

What fun! Just another reason for me to want to go to England. Sigh...

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh dear Patty, I am sorry you will be missing your dearest mother this year for the first time! I dread the thought of not having my mom, but that's life and than again, we never know when you go 'home' to the Father yourself! Thanks for dropping by, hon. Blessings to you.
FABBY

The Tablescaper said...

I love Portobello Market! I have a few purchases from there that I so treasure. Such a spectacular destination.

Happy to have you at "Oh, the PLACES I've been!"

- The Tablescape

Fashion-isha said...

I've always wanted to go there! Thanks for this virtual tour!
xo
Sharon

Marcellina In Cucina said...

I love your pics and treasures from the market! But the didgeridoo made me smile. I'm from Australia and I too have always wanted to own one. I'm told it's very hard to play.

Mary said...

What a wonderful post, trip, and beautiful mosaic! I would love to shop there if I ever take a trip across the pond!