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Dogs of London

In 2012 I was quite the jetsetter, traveling to faraway places like London, Cairo, Luanda, and Dubai.  I racked up the frequent flyer miles as I ate ice cream sundaes in United's business class seats.  But all that travel came to a grinding halt when I had children and my company restricted travel due to the drop in oil prices.  After being completely out of practice for four years, I finally got to go overseas again... to London!

London in October was fantastic.  The weather was crisp, the sun came out, and the leaves were "autumnal."  And luckily I had some spare time to explore.

Fresh off the plane, I tubed it down to the Southbank and met fellow pet photographer Bridget for coffee.  Her work is amazing!  The area was bustling as it was school holidays, and I did what tourists do and photographed Big Ben and the London Eye.

view of Big Ben and Palace of Westminster from Southbank

view of Big Ben and Palace of Westminster from Southbank

the London Eye at night

the London Eye at night

Another day I visited the Kensington area and met several dogs and their people.  Aren't those plaid coats and collars the cutest?!

Dali - named after Salvador Dali.  "He will lick you to death."

Dali - named after Salvador Dali.  "He will lick you to death."

Molly - "She can sit up like a meerkat and likes to chase squirrels."

Molly - "She can sit up like a meerkat and likes to chase squirrels."

I didn't catch this handsome boy's name.  He was patiently waiting for his person outside the post office.

I didn't catch this handsome boy's name.  He was patiently waiting for his person outside the post office.

On my last day in London, I took the train out to the countryside to visit Hever Castle.  The fall colors and lovely gardens did not disappoint.

Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn

Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn

Hever Castle portcullis and drawbridge

Hever Castle portcullis and drawbridge

Finn - on his way to the Fox Terrier Walk in Brighton, a big dog party that involves a beach and a pub!

Finn - on his way to the Fox Terrier Walk in Brighton, a big dog party that involves a beach and a pub!

Spud - a 6-month-old puppy, half Cavalier King Charlies Spaniel, half Bichon, and 100% adorable

Spud - a 6-month-old puppy, half Cavalier King Charlies Spaniel, half Bichon, and 100% adorable

I like to think that love for dogs is a universal language, and I enjoyed chatting with these dogs' owners while visiting the UK.

Where have you traveled this year?  Do you like to strike up conversations with the locals?