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Greetings from the United Kingdom! I came primarily to visit friends, and thus I’ve taken a bit of a vacation (or a holiday, as the Brits would say) from being a travel writer. I have not stepped foot in a museum, purchased a souvenir or consulted a guidebook. I could say, however, that I’ve been moonlighting as a food and nightlife writer of sorts, considering I’ve done not more since I got here than stuff my face and booze it up.

All of which is to say these might not be the Photo of the Week candidates you would expect from London.

Photo A

A bar on my own personal pub crawl tour of the neighborhood of Shoreditch.

Photo B

I was inspired by the simple message of this sign in Camden.

Photo C

The stunning view from the tallest bar in London, in Canary Wharf.

Photo D

Biggest meringues on the planet (scientific study) in Borough Market.

So, which is your favorite photo?

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As much as I enjoyed my time in London, I couldn’t wait to return to New York. If you’re based in the United Kingdom and want a chance to check out my hometown, .

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22 Comments...
  • Kathryn
    July 8 2012

    I like the juxtaposition in A…the festive lights and colors behind and in front of the rather glum bartender. “Another long night at the office….watching other people have way more fun.”

    • Meihoukai
      July 9 2012

      I remember that look from my short lived stint as a bartender. Much more fun being on the other side!

  • OrpingtonT
    July 8 2012

    I haven’t a favourite, but you are aware, aren’t you, that the “Take Courage” in picture B is an advert for a brand of beer called Courage?

    • Meihoukai
      July 9 2012

      Ha! No, I was not aware. Adds a level of humor then!

  • Sophie
    July 8 2012

    Definitely A is my favorite due to the colors and angle.
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    • Meihoukai
      July 9 2012

      Thanks Sophie… that’s actually my favorite as well!

  • Dani
    July 8 2012

    You make me miss London so much!! All favorite spots of mine šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      July 9 2012

      It’s been fun to explore with a bunch of locals!

  • Amanda
    July 8 2012

    I vote for D… it reminds me of the Portland and Berkeley farmer’s markets I miss so much!
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    • Meihoukai
      July 9 2012

      I always love exploring markets when I travel. I’m not much of a shopper but I just love the atmospheres and seeing the design and thought that goes into the products!

  • Dad
    July 8 2012

    I like the reality check from OrpingtonT….makes the sign even more clever. I like A best and I agree with others about color and composition.

    • Meihoukai
      July 9 2012

      Yes, I like it too! Although it does tell me that maybe I’m looking too hard for life messages when I’m reading too much into a beer sign…

  • Emily in Chile
    July 9 2012

    Photo C! Love that light.
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    • Meihoukai
      July 10 2012

      Thanks Emily! Me too…. unfortunately I hate that other balcony junking up the shot. Grrrr.

  • Edna
    July 10 2012

    A! I’m heading to London for the first time in two weeks and I can’t wait. How much longer are you in the UK?
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    • Meihoukai
      July 11 2012

      I just got home yesterday! So close, yet so far šŸ™‚

  • Jen
    July 10 2012

    I love the colors in Photo A!

  • Mark in England
    September 5 2012

    I like photo A the best as a photo but am voting for B.

    The Take Courage thing is interesting. Courage Brewery haven’t advertised using that slogan for a very long time, so it must have been a fairly long-standing local feature.

    Maybe a German or Czech brewery might adapt the slogan to “Take Pils”

    • Meihoukai
      September 5 2012

      Ha, that would definitely be a controversial slogan!

  • Lou Taylor
    September 24 2012

    I like C – purely because that was the evening you were with me šŸ™‚ x

    • Meihoukai
      September 26 2012

      Aw, Lou! I had such a fantastic time with you. Thank you for everything.