“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” St. Augustine used to say. Thankfully, I was lucky to enjoy a trip to the United Kingdom and read one more chapter, half a year ago. I was really excited to visit my best friend, who studies there, and learn about the culture, the architecture, the people, the life and, of course, the fashion of the UK.
|On the way to Leeds|
I stayed in the beautiful city of Leeds for almost two weeks. I think that two weeks are enough to visit everything in Leeds, but apparently I was wrong! But I’ve been to a lot of cool places! My first stop was the Leeds Art Gallery. We saw a wide variety of inspiring paintings and sculptures and, then, we enjoyed our coffee, tea and cupcakes in the Tiled Hall Café. Leeds City Museum is a wonderful place, too; I was lucky to catch the “King of Egypt” collection and many others that are housed in the museum! It was a surprise to see a Greek collection, as well.
|Tiled Hall Café|
|Leeds City Museum|
|Statue of Sekhmet|
Next stop, the Royal Armories Museum; a building of great architecture full of exciting weapon collection originated from different time periods. As we left the museum, we took a refreshing waterside walk by the Leeds Canal.
|Royal Armories Museum|
But, -let’s face it- the most revitalizing experience for a person interested in fashion is shopping, especially, in a foreign country! I’ve been to a lot of familiar stores like H&M, Zara and Marks&Spenser, but visited a lot of new ones, too. I was dazzled by Debenhams (where I bought my Fred Perry bag from), Harvey Nichols and the Victoria Quarter boutiques on Briggate.
I bought some t-shirts, some cool accessories (like my knight neckless or my rubber watch), trousers from TOPMAN (I fell in love with that brand), a great pair of TOMS shoes and a really comfortable pair of Birkestocks from Schuh. If you have the chance, you should visit the House of Fraser and TK Maxx, too.
I had a wonderful visit at Waterstones and stopped by Starbucks, Nero, Costa and Pret-a-Manger for coffee all the time! The Call Lane Bars and Pubs are suitable for a night-out with your mates!
|Starbucks View on Briggate - Louis Vuitton Boutique|
|Leeds Town Hall|
It’s so fascinating how inspired you are by the buildings, museums, galleries, people, outfits etc., when you come back home; it’s almost like you can’t wait to embrace all the information and become a newer version of you! And remember... “People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.” – Dagobert D. Runes