Pictures of our time in London

I am finally getting around to posting pictures of our quick trip to London.  As you will gather from the photos, we crammed a lot in during our two days of touring.  We were tired from our flight from Africa but we all enjoyed traipsing around London town. 

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This is the fam in front of the Tower of London.  This was shortly after my little accident on the subway.  That topic will be saved for another post!  Let me just say that my kids now have a new fear:  doors on the Underground tube in London. 

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The only touristy thing we paid for was the Tower of London.  We weren’t certain how the kids would respond but they LOVED it, especially the individual towers.  They are still talking about them (mainly the Bloody Tower). 

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Papa gave the kids an assignment to find a Beefeater and discover why they are called such.  This specific beefeater told the kids, “Well, I have no idea really, but it must have something to do with beef.”  Thank you. 

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Our family in front of the Tower Bridge.  

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The Lad and Dad on the upper deck of a double decker bus.

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We had lunch at a fun place called Giraffe. 

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Daddy and Little Miss in front of Big Ben.  Did you know that the name of this clock tower is not really Big Ben?  The name refers to one specific bell in the tower.  

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The Houses of Parliament are behind us. 

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Traveling halfway around the world was worth this one snap!!!  When I showed my daughter this picture, I exclaimed how great it was.  She thought I was referring to the London Eye in the background.  Forget the fact that I not only have very few pics of the Lad smiling but definitely not one of him smiling AND hugging his sister. By the way, have you noticed the smiles on the Lad’s face in these pictures!?!? ! We still are clueless as to why he decided to smile so much in London. 

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Enjoying supper at a Japanese noodle house.  Yummy and cheap (well, for London standards). 

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Buckingham Palace

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Pumpkin in St. James’s Park adjacent to the palace. 

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By this time Little Miss was worn out (it was about 7:30pm).

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Enjoying an English breakfast on day two.

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The kids in the Natural History Museum.

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I could not resist this picture.  The kids were not really up for posing.  uuugh!

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A trip to London would not be complete without fish and chips and mushy (mashed) peas.  While we were consuming this greasy meal, I mentioned to the husband that all we needed was rain for our London trip to be complete (it always rains in London).  Minutes later, I looked out the window and saw the London rain!  Our trip could officially end.

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We made a quick stop into Harrod’s. 

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All that fun plus a ten hour flight AND a six hour time difference made us all want to come home and do this. 

The time?  5:30pm Texas time.  We tried and tried to wake them up but it was to no avail. This might explain why these two young ladies were up at 2 am the following morning.

Our little adventure in London (brief as it was) was a wonderful ending to our big adventure in Africa.  After spending the previous two weeks with our American teammates, it was great to spend some just-our-family time together.

Next summer we hope to spend some time at another international tourist destination . . . Victoria Falls, Zambia!  Only 11 more months! 🙂

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3 Comments

  1. sincerelyanna
    Posted June 21, 2009 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    What a cool bonus trip. I noticed that the Lad was smiling in the Africa pics with the kids, too. How could he not?! Looks like you all had such a wonderful time as a family.

  2. Posted June 21, 2009 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on your smiling picture!! It looks like you had so much fun – I want to go!!!

    Are you back on a “normal” schedule yet?

  3. sheli
    Posted June 26, 2009 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Absolutely LOVE the London pics! Makes we want to go back!


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