You have got to go here…Portobello Rd. Market – Notting Hill, London Do you ever plan on visiting something just to check it out and then are completly blown away by what you discover? Well, that is exactly what happened to me when I took my first steps into the Portobello Rd. Market. I will foerver be thankful to the Londoner who told us about this spot! (Which brings up a good point. If you want to truly find the great spots in the city – talk to the locals!) The market is located within walking distance from the Notting Hill Gate underground station. Just follow the signs…you can’t miss them! One of the coolest things aobut this market is the energy. The flow of people heading towards this gem was amazing…it just felt like everyone was happy to be outside together enjoying the sunshine (we were lucky enough to get some.) As I turned the final corner on my way to the market all I could see were beautiful brightly-colored buildings and vendors for miles. We went on a Saturday (the market is open every day but Sunday and different goods are sold on certain days) so the streets were full of antiques, new goods, produce and my favorite FOOD! The smells were intoxicating and my taste buds were so happy that they got to sample some of the freshest food I have ever eaten. No matter what you are craving they have it here! As I kept wandering I discovered more markets down little alley ways that were full of more food, more goods and music. Do yourself a favor and take it all in, see it all – you never know what you might find! And…since you’re already here, why not explore Notting Hill a little more? It is full of history, there are tons of cool things to do and I am not sure if you know but a pretty famous movie was filmed here so feel free to scope out the locations it was shot at (lol)! Whatever you decide to do, I highly recommend hitting the streets at the Portobello Rd. Market. It is a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture and really get the feeling of what it would be like if you were lucky enough for this to be your local market. Happy Portobello Roading, Crystal P.S. – Bring cash!
You have got to go here…Pappy & Harriett’s – Pioneertown, Calif.
Have you ever wanted to visit an old western town and eat an amazing meal? Well…I have just the place for you – Pappy & Harriet’s.
Located just 30 minutes from Palm Springs and 20 minutes from the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park, Pappys ( as the locals call it) is nestled in Pioneertown – which was founded in the 1940′s as a movie set. Before or after you eat I highly suggest you stroll around and take pictures as the buildings are very quaint and there are tons of great photo opportunities!
OK, so back to the really good part…
Pappys is a place where you can just relax, eat a fabulous home-cooked meal and have some fun. When you enter you will be greeted by amazing and eclectic decor.
There is not a bad seat in the place, (I prefer near the window so I can watch the horses and bikes roll by) so pick one and make yourself at home.
Over the years I have eaten just about everything on the menu and have never been disappointed. Portions are huge and prices are right. You MUST try the chili…it is to die for.
Look at the big hunks of steak in the nachos below…
OH and do you love music? Pappys is known for hosting world-class bands and musicians. They have live shows almost every night and no matter what your musical taste is there is something for you.
In the hustle and bustle of life, you need to stop once and awhile and enjoy a good meal with good company – Pappys is just the place to do that!
When you are near, make the extra trip to check out this special gem!
You have got to go here…Potter School – Bodega, Calif.
Drum roll please…the mystery location is revealed: It is the school from Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds”.
While a lot of the movie was filmed in Bodega Bay (stop in at the visitors center and you can get a map of where the film locations are around the town), the school (which is now a private home) is located in the adjacent city of Bodega.
When we turned down the road to go to the school I started to feel creepy and for sure was on the look out for birds…lol. You can’t miss this landmark. There is ample parking on the street so that you can stop and take pictures (or re-enact running from the birds like I did), but please remember that this is a private home.
OK, so for the really creepy part…there were tons of swallows just flying around the house and there were hundreds of nests under the eaves…it is like they knew the history of the property!
My husband and I had tons of fun walking around the building, marveling at its architecture and thinking about the power house actors and director who stood here before us.
While this is not an all day trip as there isn’t much else to do other than visit a few stores and pick up a snack at the general store, it is for sure worth a stop if you are in the San Francisco or Sonoma area. If you are a movie buff it truly is some place you have got to go, BUT watch out for the birds!
Happy Bird Watching,