Last Day in London

Hi guys!  Happy Saturday!! I hope you are enjoying your weekend so far!!  We just relaxed last night and caught up on some shows, but have plans to get out for a bit tonight! 

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Today I am recapping our last day in London!  It was definitely one of the best days of the trip!  

We started out with a trip to Bachmanns for coffee and a chocolate croissant for my hubby.  He was in heaven! 

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Next, we headed to Hampton Court Palace for the morning.  We parked the car in the park across the street and took a little stroll.  Thankfully, the weather was beautiful! There were lots of deer that are not scared of people at all.  

The palace is huge!!  It was so fun to walk around all the beautiful courtyards. 

And see all the rooms people used to live in! 

But the highlight for me was seeing the kitchen that was used to prepare food for 600 people multiple times per day!

The wine cellar!

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But the best part of Hampton Court Palace is the gardens! So pretty and they go on and on and on.  

We got to see the palace tennis courts too, which was really neat! 

Afterwards we had plans to see an afternoon rugby game!  We saw the Harlequins play and it was so fun!! We aren’t very familiar with rugby and all the rules, but we do like watching sports so it was fun to see!  I was quite surprised when we got to our seats and realized they were in the first row! 

After the game we headed to a local Indian restaurant near where we were staying.  It was amazing, ofcourse!  I got the vegetable curry again and loved it!

Sunday morning we made the short drive to the airport for our long 9 and a half hour flight back home.  We were so happy to be home and see our puppies!  We had the best time in London and Amsterdam, but it is always nice to be home after a long trip!!  

Questions:

  1. Favorite vacation you have ever taken?
  2. Do you have any upcoming vacations planned?
  3. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go?

London…Windsor Castle and Foxhills Country Club

Happy Friday everyone!!  I am so excited for the weekend!!  It should be a good mix of relaxation and productivity!  

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Today I am going to show you pictures from our second to last day in London.  We went the morning exploring my husband’s old grade school (he attended 4th and 5th grade in London) and it brought back really great memories for him.  

Unfortunately the kids and teachers were on Spring Break, but my husband was able to walk past his favorite teacher’s room and see that he is still currently teaching at the school.  The campus is absolutely beautiful!

In front of the tennis courts he used to play on.  

Afterwards we stopped with a quick coffee and lunch then we were off to our next destination.  This is me terrified of my husband driving on the wrong side of the road (and with the steering wheel on the wrong side of the car).  Every time we walked to the car, I went to get on the right side and he went to the left and we had to switch.  We finally got used to it the day we left. 🙂

Our afternoon plans took us to Windsor Castle.  The castle is massive and it is still occupied today.  

We grabbed our headsets and started the tour.  

The chapel on the premise is really pretty.  No pictures allowed inside, but my husband did snap a picture of me lighting a candle for my granny and her boyfriend, Leo.

Friday night we had reservations at Foxhills Country Club for dinner. My husband and his family belonged to the club when they lived in London years ago. 

We arrived early and had a drink in the bar area while we browsed the menu and chatted. 

The food was incredible!!! Probably the best meal of our whole trip!!  I got the cod and my husband got the beef (I think).  We split the salmon tartar for an appetizer and it was soo good!  My husband got the chocolate cake for dessert and loved it. 

After dinner we stopped by a local pub for a quick drink and they had wine on tap! 

This was definitely one of the best days we had in London!  Full of memories from my husband’s childhood and new memories as a married couple!  Have a great weekend!!

Questions:

  1. Any fun plans for the weekend?
  2. Do you play tennis?
  3. Best meal you had this week? 

Back To London We Go

Good morning!!  How are you doing?  I hope your Thursday is off to a good start!  I can’t believe the weekend is almost here!  This week flew by for me… probably because I had so many things to catch up on after our trip!  

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When we first started planning out trip to London, we knew we wanted to stay downtown near all the big attractions, but we also wanted to get out of town a bit to see other parts of London.  My husband lived in London for 2 years growing up and he was so excited to see his old stomping grounds and to show me around.  After our time in Amsterdam, we took the quick flight back to London and hopped in the rental car and drove (on the left hand side of the road) about 30 minutes to our next destination.

During this part of the trip, we stayed in Ripley in an Airbnb.  Our other two Airbnbs were private apartments.  Our 3rd place was a private apartment (own bathroom, bed, and kitchen), but it was attached to a couple’s house.  They were the sweetest people and so welcoming to us.  We asked if we could use their washer to wash some clothing (we both only brought carry-on suitcases) and the lady told us to put our clothing at the bottom of the stairs and she ended up washing, drying and folding our clothes for us!  Way more than we expected and it was so nice to have fresh, clean clothing for the last leg of our trip! 

We had to stop to grab a few groceries and we decided to stop at the grocery store my husband used to go to with his family as a little kid.  

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Next we drove a short distance to where my husband used to live with his family.  This was his old street.  

My hubs in front of his old house.  The sign he is standing by says “Evergreen.”  In England, the houses have names instead of numbers!  

After settling in, we drove to Notting Hill to wander around a bit before our dinner plans.  The houses/apartments were so pretty! 

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We stopped into Janet’s Bar for a quick pre-dinner cocktail.  It was an interesting atmosphere… there was stuff everywhere!  

Love this man so much! 

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Thursday evening we met up with Jannicke and her boyfriend for dinner.  Jannicke and my husband went to school together in London during 4th and 5th grade!! It had been 17 years since they had seen each other!!

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We had a blast talking about London and traveling with them.  They are both from Norway and are both fluent in many languages.  It was so fun getting to talk to locals and hear what they had to say about America.

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We went to Angelsea Arms Pub for dinner and it was AMAZING!!  I got the trout and it was out of this world delicious! 

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We had such a relaxing and fun first day outside of the city.  I will be back tomorrow with more pictures!  Two more days of recaps then it is back to regular blogging!  Have a great one! 

Questions:

  1. If you had to name your house, what would you name it? 
  2. Where do you do your grocery shopping?
  3. Do you like fish? If so, what is your favorite kind? 

London Day 4….We Are Back!!

Good morning!! I hope you had a great weekend and your week is off to a good start!!!  We arrived home in Dallas yesterday afternoon and spent the rest of the day trying to stay awake and get our life back in order.  My husband and I were both up at 3am (thanks jetlag), which was 9am (I think) in London today.  We stayed up until almost 8pm last night, which was pretty good considering that was about 2am in London.  I am working on hard catching up today before I get tired again.  

I am so glad to be home, mostly because I missed my puppies so much, but it is also nice to sleep in my own bed and cook in my own kitchen again.  Traveling is great, but it is always nice to come home.  I have finished organizing all my pictures so this week will be spent recapping the rest of our trip to London and Amsterdam!

On our 4th day in London (Sunday) we didn’t have much on the agenda.  We built in this buffer day for our trip because we didn’t know how many days we needed to see all the attractions we saw the first couple days.  If it was a high tourism time (summer), we probably would have really needed this day due to longer lines, but I will say that it was nice to have a day of just roaming around with nothing we HAD to see.

We started the day at the British Museum.  Like most of the other museums, it was free, which also meant that it was packed.  

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I loved this design on the ceiling.

There are so many rooms and things to see.  We loved the room with all the clocks.  The amount of detail in each of these is really amazing.  

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After the museum, we wandered around the nearby University of London (I think it might be a satellite campus?) for a bit before it started raining. 

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What do you do when it starts raining in London?  You go to a pub.

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Next, we headed over to Chinatown to walk around for a bit.

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All the churches in London are so pretty.  We walked passed this one on our walk that day.

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My dad might be the only one who gets the humor in this picture.  When we visited Denmark 2 years ago with my dad, Joe and the Juice (juice shop) was everywhere we went.  Their juices are so good.  It has a really nice atmosphere too, almost like a Starbucks coffee shop, but for juices.  We saw on in London and had to snap a picture.

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And onto the next pub for the day.  🙂

Love my sweet husband for putting up with my need to take so many pictures. 😉

On Sunday evening we went to Strand Tandoori, an Indian restaurant, for dinner.  London is known for having amazing Indian food and my husband and I both love it.  We used Yelp, Trip Advisor, and Google maps to find most of our meals in London.  My husband found this hole-in-the-wall Indian restaurant and it did not disappoint.  It was one of the best meals of our entire trip!!!  

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The food was so flavorful, but not too spicy for me.  I got the vegetable rice and the vegetable curry.  Ahh it was to die for!  The owner also gave us a bottle of wine to take with us in exchange for writing a review on Trip Advisor = win!! 

We ended the night with a long walk around Trafalgar Square again because it is so pretty.

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The views are spectacular and the people watching is pretty great too!

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That is all for today!! I will be back tomorrow with the beginning of our time in Amsterdam!!  Have a great day everyone!!

Questions:

  1. Do you like spicy food?
  2. Ever been to Trafalgar Square?
  3. Do you like museums?

 

London Day 3

Hi guys!! How are you doing?  I am blogging today from our apartment in Amsterdam.  It is almost 2 pm here.  We spent the morning at the Anne Frank museum (in line for almost 3 hours in the cold…) then grabbed lunch at a nearby cafe.  Our plan was to rent bikes and ride around the city this afternoon, but it is really cold and soo windy here so we might just end up at a pub. 😉  To keep my blog in order of our trip, I am going to recap last Saturday in London, which was a really fun day! Here we go!  

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On Saturday we woke up and took the train to Buckingham Palace.  We walked through the beautiful park to get there.

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We actually arrived right at the time of the changing of the guards (which we meant to avoid because it is so crowded and pretty boring) so we weren’t able to get very close. 

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There was a little parade as we were walking away.

No cycling through the royal parks, ya’ll! 

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Us with the London Eye in the background. 

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Next, we made the short walk over to the Churchill War Museum.  We were both pretty excited as we had heard really good things about this museum.  

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It was really neat to learn about Winston Churchill’s life.  One fun fact we learned was that he was offered 2000 pounds to give up alcohol during a time when it was scarce and he said that life was not worth living if he couldn’t drink so he said no.  He was known to have an alcoholic beverage with breakfast.  He also loved to play cards.  

More pictures from the museum.  You could easily spend 3+ hours in the museum.. it goes on and on and on. 

Wesminster Abbey.

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Westminster Abbey again.  We wanted to take the tour, but we did not want to wait in the extremely long line so we admired it from outside. 🙂

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Big Ben! 

 

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The Prime Minister lives on Downing Street.

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Watch out for the horses!

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This is The British Museum.  We didn’t have plans to go here, but it started pouring rain so we decided to pop in.  It is HUGE and we only went in a couple rooms because it was so crowded, but you could spend all day here.  

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We walked past this pretty little garden in the middle of the city.

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We took a long walk down by the river to make our way towards the London Tower Bridge downtown. 

Sometimes you just have to stop and stare. 

A beautiful church we walked by.

Walking break at a pub called The Sugar Loaf. 

We finally made it!  This is my husband putting on a happy face after I made him walk for 2+ hours instead of taking the bus.   🙂

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I made my husband pretend to hold up the building.  I know I know, it was asking a lot of him.  

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The London Tower Bridge. 

On the subway.  

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My husband wanted to go to Pizza Express, a childhood favorite of his when he used to live here, for dinner.  It reminded me of a California Pizza Kitchen type of restaurant.  It was really good! 

I will end this post here as it is getting quite lengthy, but will be back soon to wrap up the rest of our time in London.  We are headed back to London tomorrow, but will be headed to a different area of town (where my husband used to live) so we are excited!!  Have a great day!!

Questions:

  1. How is your week going?
  2. What is your favorite chain restaurant?
  3. Do you speak more than one language fluently?  

 

 

 

 

London Day 2

After a very restless night of sleep for both of us, we woke up pretty tired, but knew we needed to get going so we got dressed, grabbed a coffee to go and headed to the train station.  Our first stop was Kensington Palace Gardens.  We walked through this beautiful street (no photographs allowed so we only have a few ;)) that led to the Kensington Palace.

The Palace is massive!

  We walked around for a bit then walked through the attached park, Hyde Park.  It is beautiful.  Children playing everywhere, dogs running freely, couples enjoying a picnic lunch, and tourists (us) taking pictures of it all.  

By the way, the weather was GORGEOUS today.  No rain or clouds, just sunshine and warmth.  🙂

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Jon wanted me to show you guys this phonebooth 🙂

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We wander around Kensington High Street for a bit. 

 

Next we stopped into this beautiful church called St. Mary Abbots Church and said a prayer for my granny and snapped a few pictures of the beautiful architecture.  My grandma would have loved this church.  

Next we headed to the Stamford bridge to see where the Chelsea football club plays. 

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We just walked around a bit, but didn’t take the tour.  

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We were ready for lunch!  We walked until we found a cute little restaurant where we could sit outside on this beautiful day. Cheers to rose and beer at lunch!

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I got a tuna salad and my husband got the chicken leg with mashed potatoes with a mushroom sauce. 

More walking and riding the train… we are becoming pros at public transit.. we have only messed up our tickets twice and go on the wrong train one… I’d say we are doing ok. 😉

After lunch we walked to the Natural History Museum to explore a bit.  

It was very large, like 7 stories that went around each wall.  We got bored pretty quickly because it was packed (it is free), but one highlight was this little room you go in and they simulate a real earthquake where the ground shakes back and forth.  It is pretty scary.  

The best part was all the diamonds!!  My husband is scoping out his next anniversary gift to me. 😉

Next we went to Harrods, a huge department store here to check out the food court (I know what you are thinking…), but this food court is pretty amazing.  It is divided into a bunch of sections and we mainly stayed in the chocolate room. 🙂

After Harrods we went home to freshen up before our evening plans.  We started with dinner at a cute Italian restaurant called Rossopomodoro.  I got the salmon salad and my husband got the pappardelle pasta with bolognese sauce.  

 After dinner we walked around Trafalgur square (very famous in London).

Then we made our way to a local pub for a drink.  

Yep, I ordered wine in a pub.  🙂

Love my sweet hubs!!

After we finished our drinks, we quickly headed over to the Adelphi Theater to see the musical Kinky Boots that my in-laws gifted us for Christmas.  It was amazing!!! By far the best musical we have ever seen.  It was so funny and the actors were SO good!!  Our seats were awesome too! 

After the play we headed to one more pub before we called it a night.  

 

So much fun!!  The nightlight in London is really hopping.  Lots and lots of people everywhere.

Afterwards we walked down to the Thames River by the train station before heading home. 

And my husband just had to get pizza to take home… and beer… in a coffee cup. 🙂

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Time to say goodnight… yes, we are still awake! I think it is almost 3am…. jet lag!!!! We are going to do all the popular attractions tomorrow so we need some sleep! Goodnight everyone!! 

Questions:

  1. What are you doing this weekend?
  2. How is the weather where you are?
  3. What do you do when you can’t sleep?

 

We Made It To London!

Hi from London!  We left Dallas last night around 6pm and arrived in London this morning around 7am (London time).  The flight actually wasn’t too bad because we ended up with 2 seats that were not next to anyone else so we had a window and an isle.  My husband likes to sleep against the window and I tend to drink a little too much water so I need an isle seat so it worked out perfectly.  

We took two trains to get to our Airbnb and only had to wait a little while before we could get in for an early check-in.  This is the street we are staying on right now.

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We were both exhausted because we didn’t sleep much on the plane, but wanted to fight the jet lag.  We decided had to take a nap before we could do anything else.  We ended up sleeping about 2 and a half hours, which gave both of us the energy we needed to get up and start site seeing.   We grabbed a quick lunch at Pret Manger (it is like a Panera in the US) and I got a salad with salmon, edamame, kale, quinoa, lentils and a lemon, mustard dressing that was amazing!  

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After lunch we decided to walk (in the rain) to a nearby museum.  It was in the high 40s and rainy today (a big change from the Texas weather we are used to).  

We ended up at The Wallace Collection, which is a museum full of historic art.  

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Lots of paintings and fancy china.

The real reason my husband wanted to go was the armor collection.

My husband is pointing to this really unique clock that we saw.  

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Afterwards we walked through Soho (the shopping district), which was very crowded even on a Thursday.

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My husband wanted to stop in Hamleys (a famous toy store here) so we walked up and down the 6 or 7 levels of the store.  

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He was in heaven.  I have to say, it was a pretty extravagant toy store.

The royal family… made out of legos!!

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We took the train back to our apartment and when we go off there was a HUGE line for the escalator up to the street level.  We quickly got out of line and headed for the stairs… as soon as we saw how many there were, we realized why everyone was waiting for the escalator.  We were both really out of breathe by the time we got to the top. 

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For dinner we decided to get Indian food (a popular cuisine in London) and my husband found this vegetarian restaurant so we decided to try it out and it was delicious.  It was really flavorful with lots of spices, but not too spicy.. does that make sense?

I am off to get some rest for a big day tomorrow!  Let’s just hope jet lag does not kick in at 2am!  Have a great day everyone! 

Questions:

  1. What is your favorite place you have visited?
  2. Do you like Indian food?
  3. Ever experienced jet lag?