Sunday, June 28, 2015

Prayers and Tombs

Let this be our prayer, when we lose our way,
Lead us to the place, guide us with your grace.
-- Celine Dion "The Prayer"
    On the second day after I strolled through Dean's Yard, I couldn't get my mind off visiting Westminster Abbey itself, and so £20 later and for about half a morning, I found myself in a medieval sanctuary that is a living pageant of British history. Every step seemed steeped with history as paintings, statues and majestic tombs encircled you, even the pavements were wrought with remarkable mosaic work dating back to the 13th century. Unfortunately, photography is not allowed inside the church itself, so you would have to be there yourself to experience its grandeur and its melancholy. The outfit pictures were taken in the cloisters (the only place indoors where you can take photos, I think), the light streaming in through the stained glass windows was lovely, so it was not a fruitless morning after all.
    走完 Dean's Yard 的第二天,一直在想沒進去西敏寺有點不甘心,所以忍痛掏了20英鎊入場費,花了半個早上瀏覽見證了英國上千年歷史的建築,有種置身中古時代的錯覺。踏出的每一步都彷彿踩在歷史的石階,周圍到處是價值連城的畫作雕像與裝飾華麗的陵寢,就連走道都是在久遠至13世紀鋪成的鑲嵌藝術作品。只是很可惜,教堂內部是不允許拍照的,所以大概只有親臨現場才能感受它的金碧輝煌與千古哀愁。穿搭照是在教堂的方庭(cloister)拍的(大概是西敏寺室內唯一可以拍照的地方),陽光透過彩色玻璃窗灑入迴廊的感覺很好,所以其實還是算不無收穫的早晨吧!

p/S You can see more of the trip on my Instagram (@bonjourjasmineblog) !
Dress :  Chicwish
Shoes :  via Taobao
Hat :  TNC
Bag :  P.S. Besitos
Necklace :  Cor-date

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Lady in Red

The lady in red is dancing with me, cheek to cheek,
There's nobody here, it's just you and me.
-- Chris de Burgh "Lady in Red"

    On a day in my London trip when the schedule was accomodating, I traipsed to the Westminster area in my bright red maxi dress for a little photoshoot. I did not enter the church itself as it was a bit too close to the closing time, so I satisfied myself with ambling around the adjacent Dean's Yard, which serves also as the school compound of Westminster school. It was a lovely place nonetheless, and, with school being out, almost deserted around late afternoon -- surely a stark contrast with Westminster Abbey itself, teeming with tourists from all over as it was. As evening came, I headed over to the historic Simpsons-in-the-Strand, Sherlock Holmes' favourite restaurant and an occasional shooting location for Downton Abbey. With belly filled to the brim with their signature Classic Beef Wellington and pudding, a culinary item had been ticked off my to-do (or rather, to-savour) list in London.
    在倫敦某天行程比較不緊迫的時候,我穿上了很久前買的大紅長洋裝跑到西敏區去拍點照片。因為其實已經接近關閉時間,所以我沒有進去西敏寺本身,而是在外圍跟隔壁的 Dean's Yard 溜達。Dean's Yard 其實也是 Westminster School 的校區範圍,而因為學校已經放假,所以到了下午幾乎沒什麼人,跟外面遊客擠爆的西敏寺本身就像兩個世界一樣。大概閒晃到黃昏時分,我搭了公車到很有歷史的英國餐廳 Simpsons-in-the-Strand,傳說中福爾摩斯最愛的餐廳,也是英劇 Downton Abbey 的拍攝場景之一。在嘗到了正宗的威靈頓牛排跟甜點入腹後,我終於可以把想品嘗的美食名單中的一項瀟灑的劃掉了  : )
  Amuse-bouche of corn chowder
 Beef Wellington with roast season carrots
 Heirloom tomato salad
 Homemade ice-creams and sorbets
p/S You can see more of the trip on my Instagram (@bonjourjasmineblog) !
 Dress :  here
Coat :  via Taobao
Shoes :  here
Necklace :  Cor-date
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