London Day 2

Sight seeing at a speed!

After a good nights sleep, Andre and I were ready to start the day with the all the kids. I haven’t seen Katherine, Teresa and Samuel for 3 years and I was so looking forward to it. In true style the kids had organised a challenge for us. We had to get around from Kensington Palace to Trafalgar Square and had so much to see and do in 3 and half hours. It was the boys against the girls. Well what a laugh!!!

We had to answer questions about each spot we went to, starting with Kensington Palace we had to get information on why it was nicknamed Aunty Heap… the challenge was on! It had to do with the Edward the 8th called it that because of all the kids spent time growing up in the palace. We dashed off and had to get a “photobomb” with a stranger. These poor tourists we chose didn’t have a clue as to what we were doing. In the end we got our picture of us jumping madly into their picture and once we explained why we were doing it, they had a huge laugh. At this stage Tara thought it was a great idea to rent bikes so that we could get the challenges done faster. After all we had to go to the champagne bar at Harrods a bit later.

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Racing around the park we had to find the Peter Pan statue and count how many bunnies were on there and we got it wrong as the girls counted the squirrel as  bunny. Then after this we had to get to the Royal Albert Hall and have our picture taken and find out who was on the line up for the week. Tara then mentioned that we had to clock the bikes back in for 5 min ever 30 min. Good god! we had to race to get the bikes back to clock them in for 5 min then take them out again to get to the next spot. This went on from St James Park, the London Eye, Buckingham palace, Trafalgar Square and eventually to lunch.

After the tally was done with the points, the girls lost. I am sure the lads cheated though! Then all the funny things that everyone did that day came out. The one that stuck in my head was when Samuel decided to run along a small was and miss judged it and wiped out. Tumbled and splat on the floor. The lads had a good laugh.

After lunch we did a quick trip  to Summerset house and a stunning group picture taken, that’s when I realised that saying goodbye later was going to be so hard. We  went to Kingscross station to see the famous Harry Potter luggage trolley in the wall, ( 9 3/4)  and the Harry Potter shop. We took the tube back to Bayswater where we are staying to get the gifts we got for the kids. Had drinks at the local pub and before I knew it … they had to go.

big hugs and lots of kisses and I still ended up crying my eyes out. I just wish they didn’t stay so far.

I woke up this morning with a terrible runny nose from all the pollen and will need to get something to sort this out before I get on the plane. Right time to shower and pack as the taxi is fetching us soon to go to Paddington, the Heathrow express and then its off to the nice and warm… USA!!!!!

London Day 1

We got on the plane and even though it was the brand new Airbus 380 it was quite uncomfortable. The armrests don’t go up all the way and it is not easy to cuddle my hubby which I love to do. The food was a disaster… being allergic to capsicum, who would have thought they put into everything. So not the best experience. The staff however did try hard to see if they could find me foods.

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Landing at Heathrow and after getting “the out laws” on to their next plane to Dusseldorf, Andre & I got onto the Heathrow express to Paddington. Now that was a nice ride. The train is very smart with lots of space and even wifi. Stopping at Paddington station so early in the morning and seeing everyone walking about with ear phones in and not looking at anyone, not even a smile was quite sad to see. I was smiling and happy to be seeing the kids later and I got some funny looks for people. Hey may be I am the funny looking one!

Coffee at Paddngton was fantastic, it was as if we hadn’t had any decent coffee for ages when in fact it was only the day before at home. We took the taxi to the hotel but was not able to check in as it was too early. Leaving all of our stuff behind… the adventure begun. I had some banking stuff to sort out and it was a breeze. Barclays in Bayswater were fantastic. Sort and done with no effort at all. Andre wanted to get a Jack Wolfskin jacket and the hunt was on for the shop. We found a shopping centre and my hubby was excited about getting the jacket. He not only got a jacket but some shoes too. Me on the other hand only got a new inner for my existing one. Gotta keep  some money for my awesome cow boots in a  few days. Did a bit of shopping for the kids and then we walked about a bit to get some exercise after the long flight. Bayswater is right next to Hyde park and across from there is Kensington Palace. Tara (my niece) and Paul ( her man) came through and we decided to got any have lunch at “little Venice”, right by Paddington station.  The burger was awesome, I was starving mind you! The long boats along the canal were lovely. We then decided to walk along the canal to Camden. Camden is where the stables use to t be in the 1800. It was an adventure of note. It was diverse and eclectic, We loved it!! The walk there we saw lots of beautiful homes. Coming back we walked through Regents Park. We were really tired but managed to find lots of British fridge magnets for the folks at home we then had a nice dinner at the local pub (best pie I have ever had!!) and came home to bed. The next day’s adventure to come. The kids have organised a hunt through London… boys against the girls starting at the Kensington Palace. This is going to be fun!