Saturday, June 11, 2011

We Arrived in London!

We had an amazing time in London. We stayed in a tiny hotel room at a very swanky hotel, The Cavendish, but truthfully, didn't see much of it as we walked almost all and most of the evening too.

The train ride in to London was lovely, we got to see a lot on our way into London even. Unfortunately, we missed our first train, Jon got home late, and I misunderstood when the train was leaving. We are within walking distance from the train station, so it's great that we don't have to get a taxi or pay to park our car for awhile. We had our new favorite snack here, the Ploughman's sandwich, on the train along with some water. It's just wheat bread, sweet pickle, cheese, tomato, and lettuce, sometimes with a little bit of mayo. We had one transfer onto the London Underground (Mind the Gap), and then we came up onto downtown London at the Green Park station into the middle of organized chaos. To say we were a little overwhelmed with just how many people were there and we were a bit turned around, then we found our hotel.

That night we went right across the street to Walker's Pub and had a pint and ate proper fish and chips that were SO good! Later we met up with one of Jon's coworkers and had a nice chat before I took the kids back to the hotel room to get some rest before our big day the next day.

The kids and I started off our morning at 9am starting with the Picadilly Circus which was right down the street from our hotel. This is the Circus in the daytime, which is not quite as amazing as it is at night, but you get the idea.

This is when I realized that the reason Jocelyn wasn't listening to me and coming down off the fountain was because she couldn't, she was stuck...nice.

We walked down Picadilly street seeing the sights and the amazingly beautiful buildings and architecture.

This is a special picture for my family. Oh how I longed to go into this store and sample what they had, but, I didn't want to spend a fortune on caviar, no matter how great it would have been.

This is the entrance to Green Park, directly across from the Green Park Underground Station access. I wouldn't mind living in this beautiful house that backs up directly to Green Park.
They had all these chairs sitting out in the sun just waiting for people to come and sit and enjoy the sun (totally foreign to an Arizona girl like me). Some of the chairs were made with canvases with art on them.

So, my kids went crazy for...the squirrel. It took me a long time to pry them away from looking at the squirrel of all things, like they had never seen one before, let alone the amazing park we were in that is adjacent to Buckingham Palace. Oh well.

Standing just inside Green Park in front of the gates that lead to Buckingham Palace. Joci was SO excited to see the palace, I couldn't coax her back into the picture, that was as far as she was willing to go.

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