Saturday, August 22, 2015

here we go...

Waiting in Detroit to board our flight to London.

When I decided to do this London thing, I decided to go all in. Pregnant and all. I told myself that I would rest when I needed to, but that if I could muster the footsteps, I would get out. Keep in mind, most of my touristing was done alone with the girls so at least I had short legs to keep me from running too fast. Jess accompanied us on a few of our adventures, but he had to work a ton there (boo!) so it was usually just the girls against the world! We became tube experts (Annabelle could actually semi-navigate if it didn't involve more than one tube switch) and I learned to read British maps lickety split. We also had family here and there the first two weeks, which was unbelievably helpful in terms of keeping track of the girls (Lou).  

The girls thought the journey to London was no sweat.
Of course, they got to sleep soundly while Grandma and I sat and didn't sleep.
Especially me with the getting up and walking and peeing.
But we made it! And we weren't at all excited!

The following is a fairly complete list of all the London spots I hit up. (The numbers in parenthesis indicate multiple visits.) As I post, I will come back to this list and link back.

Natural History Museum (2)
London Science Museum (3)
Museum of London (2)
London Transport Museum (4)
Double Decker Bus Tour 
Trafalgar Square (lots)
Big Ben
The National Gallery (2)
Tower of London - Crown Jewels
The London Eye
Imperial War Museum
Picadilly Circus
Oxford Street
Buckingham Palace - Change of Guards (2)
British Museum
Royal Airforce Museum
The Horse Hospital (walk by)
Victor & Albert Museum of Childhood
Wicked (the play)
Royal Observatory
National Maritime Museum
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (walk by)
St. Paul's Cathedral (walk by)
Golden Hinde II (16th century ship)
Southwark Cathedral (walk by)
Bank of England Museum
Tower Bridge Exhibition
Lord of the Dance (2)
London Planetarium
National Portrait Gallery
Mudchute Park & Farm
Museum of London Docklands
Churchill War Rooms
Hyde Garden (playground)
Boroughstreet Market
Paddington Gardens (playground)

On the car ride in to London. That daddy was a welcome sight.
Lou fell asleep straight away.
I swallowed vomit and watched my feet swell.

The posts that follow will be somewhat random - I'm just going to post as I can gather photos. They're coming from multiple devices, so it's sort of a treasure hunt. And because this isn't a live record, I might as well just post as I can, ay?

Alright then, let's give this a go. As they say. :)

After getting settled at the hotel (aka Jess took the girls out while Grandma and I slept),
we went for a walk over Millenium Bridge. Not a bad view, ay?

Taken on our first day of touristing. They adjusted incredibly well to the time change.
And they were fueled by bribery all the way - this ice cream was a frequent (and tasty) bribe.
Fun fact: Just above Lou's ice cream is the LDS church, which is situated in a prime location -
right across from the Science Museum and in the middle of the hubub. 
Fact: The red telephone booths smell like urine. And sometimes other things.

Standing at a door just their size on the Tower Bridge.
We actually had the best weather there.
It only really rained (like raaaaiiin) twice!
Waiting at the King's Cross Station for grandma, the aunties,
and one uncle to arrive back from Paris.
Our apartment was just around the corner from the beautiful Tower Bridge.
This was the sight of our fairly regular night time walk. Ain't she perty?

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