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40 Nelson Road
New Malden

My name is Rachel Carr and I started This Is Carrt in 2014 when my husband's job moved to Germany and I decided to give up my day job in the city and go with him on the adventure! I had always loved to travel and write, and was also passionate about photography so one day I sat down and mingled all three of them on this website and my Etsy page. I write about a wide range of things like how to cope with airline hand luggage allowances to what to wear to any destination wedding. However, when I write up a holiday destination, there are more often than not a few common themes linking what are otherwise very different places:

1) Food. I love to eat. It structures my day to day life as well as any trip that I go on. I think food is a great way to start to experience a new culture as well as meeting new people.

2) Value. I don't get swayed by places to be seen and clothing to be seen in for the sake of it. I hate being ripped off. Be that by a fiver or by hundreds of pounds. If an activity or an excursion I go on is expensive but an amazing experience, I will still highly recommend it, but won't recommend it simply because it is deemed luxury.

3) Beauty. I love looking at pretty things. They don't have to have a purpose!

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I Love This City

Our Blog - Dedicated to Travel, Food, Lifestyle and Fashion

With a love of travel and writing as well as a passion for photography, this blogsite and my Etsy page mingles all three.

I Love This City

Rachel Carr

Having grown up in London, I have been prone to taking for granted just how fabulous a city it is. Now that I live abroad, I can safely say that this is no longer the case. Whenever I return, I have a spring in my step and find myself feeling very nostalgic for even the most bizarre things - having to elbow your way onto a tube or train, blindly travelling an hour by public transport to see a friend who lives just 8 miles away, getting frustrated with dawdling tourists, paying £8 for a small glass of below average Pinot Grigio. Pret A Mangers on every street.

On my most recent trip, London was blessed with warm sunshine for any time of year and it really looked its best when I put my best foot forward on a South West Train and commuted into Waterloo to then go on to High Tea at the Charlotte Street Hotel. Before reaching my final destination, I took the time to photograph the area surrounding Waterloo - its tourist trap, South Bank. Whilst the large swathes of crowds in this area can be grating (when I visited the situation was compounded by it being half term), there is no denying that London Eye, the National Theatre and the selection of high street chain restaurants, make the South Bank exceedingly vibrant. Plus,  when you walk just a little further towards London Bridge via the Oxo Tower, you see the most sublime views of the Thames, the city and the House of Parliament. Indeed, when I am asked any questions about London by would be visitors, my top tip is always to walk over Waterloo Bridge from the station into the heart of Theatre land. The bridge affords commuters everyday with spectacular sights and almost voyeuristic vistas.

I took a large portion of the below photos from this bridge. They are available on my Etsy store and, up to the 15th December, This Is Carrt is offering a two for one deal on all poster prints. You can also order direct through my website and this contact form.

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