Converging on South Molton Street


Popular and upmarket shopping area, South Molton Street, is always one of London’s prettiest at Christmas time.

Linked to Converge and Weekend in Black & White.
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St Andrews Day

November 30 is St Andrew’s Day, the national day and an official flag day in Scotland. The contry’s flag-flying regulations state that the Flag of Scotland (the Saltire or Saint Andrew’s Cross) shall fly on all its buildings with a flagpole.


Flags over Edinburgh


Saltire in the sky – this time over Ljubljana


Saltires get everywhere in Edinburgh

If you going to be in Scotland for St Andrew’s Day this weekend try downloading this special App aimed at helping you get the most out of your time there.

Linked to Skywatch Friday and Friday Postcards.
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Old Shop, Fresh Cakes

La Mallorquina, on Puerta del Sol,  may be one of the oldest cake shops in Madrid, but its cakes are certainly fresh.

a_DSC8240 They are also very tasty, judging by the queues inside.


It has been a Madrid institution since it was founded in 1894 and its popularity shows no signs of waning.


Even getting close to the window displays can be  challenge.  I had hoped to get inside during my trip in March this year to try out the seasonal torrijas, but the place was packed, and I had to make do with reading about the Lady of the Cakestorrija tastings in Toledo.

For all you cake lovers, here’s a final peek at the window displays, and I’ll try harder to taste the wares on my next trip.



Linked to Lingering Look at Windows.
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Luthier in Madrid

You can still find traditional luthier workshops tucked away in the shopping streets of Madrid.


With Spain’s traditions in guitar music, you won’t be surprised at what instruments this luthier makes.


Part of Thursday Special.
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Double the Fun


This beautifully crafted sign attracts the eye and advertises its wares perfectly – all the better for having its double!

Indeed, it was the sign and its reflection that first attracted me to this small but superbly-stocked haberdashery shop.  I’ve commented before that such shops are hard to find in England, so they always catch my attention when I find one.  Paris may be a bit far to travel for my everyday haberdashery needs but this little shop does have online ordering and international delivery.

Lil Weasel, 1 Passage du Grand Cerf, 75002 PARIS

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Extreme Angle

-Look Up, Look Down Challenge, Week 66

Every Thursday, I publish a post containing photo(s) taken from above or below, and invite you to join in the challenge by posting your own photos with an up or down perspective.


An extreme point of view can reward you with a new angle on even the most photographed of buildings.  The extreme angle here allows two popular symbols of London to be caught in one frame.



The Challenge

Click here to enter the challenge

Welcome to week 66 and a huge thank you for last week‘s entries.   I must give a special mention to Doris at Masadiso79 for her beautiful shot with the moody sky.  You can see the entries from this and previous weeks on my Pinterest board if you have missed any (or at least you can see most of them – I’m having trouble with my Pin It button and some of this month’s are missing).

All are welcome; do please share your up or down perspective with us.  Simply create your own post as normal, create a link to this challenge and click above to enter your link and view other entries.  If you have any difficulties with the linky, please just leave your link in a comment below and I will upload your thumbnail.

Finally, please don’t forget to go and visit the other challengers and pass on your views and encouragement.

To find out more about how to enter, click here.  The linky list will open each Thursday at 00:01 GMT (or a bit before) and will be open for a week.

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It’s Not Far



Part of Which Way?


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