I’ve been home from London for over three weeks and a lot of life has happened from then till now or I would have posted this sooner. Several trips back and forth up the turnpike after my dad caught the flu. Long anxious hours waiting in plague infested ERs trying not to catch anything else. Trips to doctor appointments and hanging out in hospital rooms. In the middle of that, my precious mother-in-law had her own unscheduled hospital visit. This left our kids to parent themselves for a few days while my hubby was on the east coast with his mom and I was with my dad. Add all the back to the school ‘new semester’ meetings and various other activities like Christmas decor cleanup, first of the year check-ups, car repairs and laundry and it’s been a little crazy. You know, regular life.
With the anxiety-filled start to the new year, a gloomy, grumbling spirit has settled over me and I’m in desperate need of a reminder of the good parts and a heavy dose of cheering.
So pretend for a minute you came over for dinner and we’ve now retired to the den to sip port or sherry while I pour the coffee. Then suddenly, my husband rolls out the old slide projector and says “We’ve got some amazing pictures from our trip! I just know you’re gonna love them.”
And I hit the lights . . .
One early rainy morning, we cruised the Thames down to Greenwich like the Kings of old to the Old Royal Naval College and gawked at the fastest sailing ship in the world, the Cutty Sark, walked around the University of Greenwich and hiked up the hill to the original Royal Observatory where I planted my boots in two separate hemispheres.
The day before, we’d stopped at the Albert Memorial to take in the continents . . .
On to Greenwich:
In the afternoon, we toured the Tower of London, which by the way has never been captured in a war. Interesting fact, ravens are housed on the grounds of this imposing fortress because of an old superstition but with the overcast skies, they were creepy so I didn’t take a picture.
After the Tower of London, we hopped the tube and raced to the National Gallery before it closed. The art was a feast for the eyes! I love the fact you can visit all the national museums for free.
On New Year’s Eve, my roommate and I along with another friend celebrated with a mini pub crawl starting in our neighborhood at The Old Swan and my first taste of mulled wine. Then to Notting Hill and The Champion to ring in the new year with the locals and glasses of sparkling wine.
The next day was New Year’s and the reason we were in London – the London New Year’s Day Parade! Despite being a city of almost 9 million, the parade had a charming hometown feel. Each borough enters with their version of the parade theme with singers, elaborate floats and intricate costumes. These people take it seriously and are highly entertaining. However, I eagerly awaited the last act, our high school band.
An amazing day in a charming city. It was a brilliant trip! And I leave you with these random snaps.