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I’ve landed in lovely London, staying seven days — mostly business. This time I chose to travel light. I still packed six pairs of shoes, but I left my beloved Nikon DSLR camera at home. On purpose. With much debate, I decided to abandon my digital ‘dinosaur’ for a study in snapshots using my iPhone. It’s been done a million times all over the world, but it’s a first for me. This is MyLondon in Real Time. The good, the bad and the mundane. Thanks for joining me!

If you missed Day 5, please click here:  MyLondon in Real Time – Day 5

The Brick Lane neighborhood in East London was close to my hotel, so I walked over to see why it is called the famous curry capital of the UK.I stepped into a cozy restaurant called Joe's Kid where the menu is written in colorful chalk on a blackboard and I ordered a sausage and bean omelette. I figured it was a good omen since I, like the restaurant owner, am also Joe's kid -- daughter of the late Joseph Lombardi. The artwork on the side of the building above depicts the owner as a child with her grandfather who started the restaurant.

The Brick Lane neighborhood in East London was nearby, so I walked over to see why it is called the famous curry capital of the UK. Though I love East Indian food, I stepped into a cozy restaurant called Joe’s Kid where the menu is written in colorful chalk on a blackboard and I ordered a sausage and bean omelette. I figured it was a good omen since I, like the restaurant owner, am also Joe’s kid — daughter of the late Joseph Lombardi. The artwork on the side of the building above depicts the owner as a child with her grandfather who started the restaurant.

The Brick Lane is also a vibrant art and fashion area known for it's creative graffiti.

Brick Lane is a vibrant art and fashion area known for its creative graffiti.

More graffiti -- love it!

More graffiti — love it!

Visiting family in Southfields -- a charming and quiet contrast to the city. Brilliant!

Visiting family in Southfields — a charming and quiet contrast to the city. Brilliant!

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