LONDON!

London!

Josh’s parents  took us to London last week!  We flew out of Aberdeen on Thursday morning and took an hour-long bus into London itself, where we caught a train at Victoria Station to Clapham Junction.  It was an 8-minute walk to Josh’s cousin’s flat where we stayed.  Kyle (Josh’scousin) and Karen stayed with friends and gave us the run of their 2-BR flat in Clapham.  It was wonderful!  Rebekah and Luke shared the guest room, Mike and Phyllis had the master, and we stayed on a pull-out in the living room.  Plus, the kitchen was huge and had a private patio where we really enjoyed our morning tea and airplane sightings.

The kids did marvellously well!  They were flexible and easy 99% of the time.  Traveling with them is getting much easier and less stressful.  It was the first flight in 4 years {and there have been a lot of flights in those 4 years!} I did not have a child on my lap!  Okay, Luke came to visit a few times, but he was largely enamored with his big boy seat everywhere (the plane,the buses, the trains, and the taxi).  He is really a little boy these days, pointing out every moving object by name and calling them the wrong colors {he favors orange, bwue, and purple}.  The first night was rough in that he slept from 10:30pm-3:30am and that’s about it.  Evidently, I did not make the tent to his liking, which I remedied the next day.  The rest of the trip was uneventful sleep-wise  except how well they both both functioned, esp Luke who took short stroller-naps without complaint.  I was so proud of him for being such a trooper!

As for London,well, it was wonderful, of course!  I loved the whole trip, every minute. So, I’ll start with Thursday afternoon and Friday.  When we arrived, we dropped the men and kids off at the flat for them to rest while Phyllis and I were treated to massages at Cupcake!  {More on that tomorrow!}  Then, we strolled through the area we were staying in, Clapham, which has been dubbed “Nappy Valley”  {nappy=diaper} due to it having such a high birth rate.  This little tidbit explains the incredible shopping, though.  I was delighted and got most of my Christmas shopping done and within budget!

On Friday, we took the Big Bus Tour, which I highly recommend.  It takes you through most of the famous sights and even shopping of London with a live tour guide.  You can hop on and off as you like all day.  We stayed on for most of the tour, hopping off for lunch and a boat tour of the River Thames which was included in the tour ticket.

How about if I just show you??

Jamie Oliver's shop, Recipease

Cute vintage shops in Clapham

Traditional UK phone booth

This was my fave, tho! It's Cath Kidston, and it was everything a store should be!

Rebekah excited to be on the bus!

Rebekah & Josh

Josh & Luke on the Big Bus Tour

She did this intentionally.

Very big ship in a very big bottle.

Big Ben (which actually refers to the 13-ton bell, not the clock itself)

The London Eye, the London Bridge, & Big Ben

Luke & me on the Big Bus Tour

London Bridge

War Museum

London Tower

Sorry, Luke! We do love you!

London Bridge, up close(r)

Beks & me on the boat tour

Beks, Nana, & Papa

Bek & the London Eye

Westminster Abbey

Luke was enthralled.

Comments

  1. What fun! I can never see pictures of Big Ben without saying “Look kids, Big Ben, Parliament.”

    Did you go inside the London Eye?

  2. Miss Mommy says:

    Sarah- we were too cheap to pay for anything extra. We mostly looked around and said, “Wow, that’s pretty. Whoa, that’s big.” We also knew we were on borrowed time with the wee ones. The queues were crazy.

  3. Love the picture of Rebekah’s sad face. =) Looks like a great time!

  4. Great pics! What a beautiful place to visit. Love your earrings!

  5. Kate E. says:

    It looks like you guys had a blast! So glad you got to go, but I am a little jealous. Those shops look amazing!

  6. Miss Mommy says:

    Kate- you would have loved Cath Kidston- they do all the preotene (however you spell that) stuff, like the Liberty of London wallets. Amazing!!

  7. Looks like such a fun trip and what a great treat by Mike and Phyllis!

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