Monday, March 17, 2008

Streets of London

This weekend I was in London, where the buds of spring were already all over the city. These pictures of flowering tree branches were taken on the bustling Neal Street, by Covent Garden, that boasts some cool stores such as the hip cosmetics emporium Space NK Apothecary - no, I didn't buy anything... What I did buy was Turgenev's First Love; I read it years ago but couldn't remember much. I can never get enough of Russian literature (my mum got me hooked when she gave me Anna Karenina at the tender age of 12! I have since read Tolstoy's masterpiece in 3 different translations...). Penguin is publishing a Great Love series, with exquisite covers and a fine selection of titles - I want them all!
Tomorrow we will head for the British Museum...

17 comments:

artycho said...

You must have had a lovely time, London is beautiful at this time a year!

Mum said...

It may seem daring to put in the hands of a 12 year old Ana Karenina, but you were so mature and you loved reading so much ...
Mum

Esti said...

that cover is stunning! I want that book!!!

Jessica said...

love london and it looks beautiful there now!

Mary-Laure said...

Mum - I am VERY grateful that you encouraged my readings and stimulated me with such masterpieces!

Etsi - if you want to see the whole Penguin Great Loves Collection, go to
http://www.penguin.co.uk/static/cs/uk/0/pubsetpages/greatloves/index.html
I especially love the Thomas Hardy cover...

Kitt said...

Love those Penguin covers. Happy spring!

design for mankind. said...

Oh goodness, I'm still SO jealous!

Kwana said...

Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing. It's a mini va-ca for me. I'll be back tomorrow.

coco said...

I love London
It is a great city to live in!

Pierre said...

Beautiful pictures!

jo said...

beautiful photos marie-laure!!

and as every time you post on museums, i am SOOOO looking forward to see what you saw!!!

marie said...

ooh i love the cover too..i havn't read it so i might have to get one soon!
can't wait to hear more about your weekend, merci!

Ekub said...

Oh London, London, how I'd like to travel there again! These are really beautiful pictures!

andrea tachezy said...

such a great trips you have!

Mary-Laure said...

I'm glad so many of you like the Penguin cover!
If any of you read it or other titles in the collection
http://www.penguin.co.uk/static/cs/uk/0/pubsetpages
Please let me know and share your impression!!


Andrea - well, I was in London for a seminar so I was stuck in a windowless lecture hall most of the week end. So it was really not as great as it sounds on the blog!
I did have a little time to go for a walk and to go to the British Museum because it's right by the seminar place...

MISS GLITZY said...

Just like you I read it years ago but I do remember that it's a beautiful and cruel story.

MamaShift said...

What I love is to read translations by different translators. I love to choose my favorites.

Have you read Bunin? Love him. Also Andrei Makine in French? My favorite. He so understood the Soviet condition.