London in ten days and ten facts - part 2

By Martina - Thursday, August 27, 2015

  • Shopping
My boyfriend and I, we both love shopping. We often spend the day at the mall when we have nothing to do. It's great to have a boyfriend that doesn't despise shops, because I wouldn't be able to force him to visit a shop, so it's easier and lovely for both of us to spend time together this way.
We both love Topshop/Topman and many other places that can be found in Oxford Street and Regent street, but this time we spent much time visiting Carnaby street and all the other tiny streets all around. I had only been there once, and I loved to go back there and find many interesting places, such as Toms, Jack Wills or Benefit. That area is really nice and cured and definitely less crowded when compared to Oxford Street.

  • Waterstones
I've already mentioned the fact that we both love shopping, but one thing I didn't say is that the place where we spent most of our time was not a clothing shop but a bookstore. We love to read and find out new authors and write down on a piece of paper some interesting titles that we happen to discover. London is packed with bookstores and we entered each single one of them (well, every single one of those we met while walking around). Waterstones is our favourite group of bookstores, unfortunately it has no shops in Milan otherwise we would be there every other day.
I only bought two books, although I saw a thousand interesting titles. The first one I picked up was Dream a Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher, because I love her and her other books and I couldn't wait to read it. The second book I picked up was on the deal shelf (I don't remember how they called it, it was a shelf with all the books they were trying to get rid of because they were all bent and scratched), it's called The Land of Decoration and I only paid it £0.99 (I love to save books that have been mistreated, I always look for them when I go to flea markets or similar places).
I just said I bought two books, well, my boyfriend picked up about six or seven for himself. Needless to say I'm going to read them after I've finished mine.

  • Food
Any Italian, and probably even many British people, would think I'm mad if I ever told them that when I'm not in the UK I miss the British food. I live in the country that invented everybody's favourite recipes, from pizza to ice cream to spaghetti, and I would never live without them. I'm proud of knowing how to prepare the perfect lasagne or tiramisù and I love Italian food as much as most of the world does. But in Italy there's no Starbucks, no Costa Coffee, no Pret a Manger, no Nando's. And I love all of these places and many more. When I'm out in Milan I always think it would be cool to be able to stop at Costa for a fancy coffee or get a takeaway sandwich at Pret, but I can never do that. Italy has close to no food chains, and most of the places in Milan are either expensive or low quality. I explored the city centre long enough to know where to go when I need to get something on the go, but honestly it's not the same thing.

[To be continued]

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