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Wrapping London

Lisa comments on three days in London!

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London....what a GREAT city!! This was my most worrisome town with the kids, thinking there wouldn;t be enough to do with them....boy was I wrong!!

We arrived late because we missed our flight out of Milan...put the kids right to bed, ORDERED FISH AND CHIPS AND DRANK SOME BEERS!

Woke up and walked up to Hydes Park- how great that was- folks sat in lawn chairs by the ponds, fed the geese, swans, ducks, and other numerous feathered creatures- rollerblading is huge there- you could rent them, rent bikes, run, whatever- we found the Princess Diana memorial playground- it wasn’t anything like our playgrounds in the States(or at least none I’ve seen)- it was a giant sand pit, water streams throughout and a giant pirate ship and numerous other wooden boats to climb on, jump off, rock, etc... then of course there were swings and regular climbing equipment in another side- the kids had a ball- poor Steve woke up with some sort of severe allergic reaction (my guess to the dust in our apartment or to the fish we ate the night before) and was a trooper throughout the day, although miserably suffering. We then hopped on a double decker bus, toured around and checked out the city from the top, and got off in front of the biggest, coolest toy store HAMLEY'S- 6 floors of toys, demonstrations going on, balloons, bongo drum payers, soooooooooooo much to look at and Hamley's own patented toys and crafts (we bought 4 packs of the markers for the kids-and me...heehee) we then popped back on the double decker went back to the apt. and called it a day- cooked in from the grocery store.

The city of London definitely is the most international, global metropolitan city I've ever been to- we saw people of every race/culture walk of life - there is restaurant for every possible ethnic stripe of the world, banks, travel stores, it’s just unbelievable- I really want to return without the kids- there is so many adult things to see and do that would bore the kids to tears...
anyway,

Woke up early (and David Frost- which now you have been mentioned 2x in my blog, Thank You for the helpful tip to arrive early to the London Eye!) we hopped on the underground and went to Waterloo- on the Thames River where the London EYE was- a huge Ferris wheel with 350dgr viewing of the entire city of London....VERY COOL! we then ventured over to the world famous Museum of Natural History. I felt almost like we went back in time looking at all of the preserved animal species like they did in the era of the British "arm-chair" anthropologists/psychologists
there were actually signs of apologies and explanations of how in today’s society they observe modern laws of conservation and they no longer collect animal species like that- it was like a 'dead zoo' (the locals name for the museum)- the kids loved it though- they could look right up close and face to face with all sorts of animals- my favorite case was of every species of hummingbirds(which reminded me of my Mom) we could of stayed there for hours more, except we wanted to get back and change to go to Bill Wyman's Rolling Stone's Restaurant called "STICKY FINGERS"

Posted by sandlb107 00:25 Archived in England Tagged family_travel

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