Tuesday, 15 October 2013

London, baby.


London is a special place for my husband and I. We first met in London. It's where we fell in love. Then, a year and a half later he popped the question right in the middle of Travalgar Square. We used to fly over for a long weekend at least once a year, and then along came Jack, and that put a stop to our frequent visits.

An opportunity to visit arose this year (see previous post here) and we thought Mister was more than able to cope with the traveling. So Jack took his first flight in a plane. Needless to say he loved it. At the other side we hopped onto a train and then travelled on the underground. What would he make of this then? You guessed it. Total pro. It was like he had lived in London all his life. At busy times when no seats were available he hopped on, held tightly onto a pole and waited patiently until we arrived at our stop. "Time to get off!" he would inform me. 

I've always found that Londoners tend to keep themselves to themselves, especially on the tube. However, this trip, Mister Jack was quite the conversation starter. What a lot of lovely people we met!


It was also a great opp to introduce Jack to some old friends who hadn't yet seen him in reality. Plus, my sister and cousin have been living there for a while now so we all met for lunch on the Southbank, followed by ice-cream. 

One of the highlights was taking Jack to Buckingham Palace, affectionately known to us as "Bucky P's". We walked up to the gates, pointed in and explained that this was the Queens house. Then out of no-where Jack started to wail. "Don't want to visit Queeeeen! Want to go to Granny Yvonnes!" Alright, pipe down love, says I, no-one has invited us in anyway.




Scowling outside the palace. Channelling Sid Vicious? 

39 comments:

  1. That picture in the underground station is really good, but then, all of them are. Looks like you had a lot of fun!

    Mersad
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    1. Thanks Mersad! You're always the first to comment with a lovely compliment. I really appreciate it!

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  2. Trips to London when I was this size are a fond memory for me! mum and I would go and spend the day there and come home on the train with my Dad. It seemed so big and shiny - such a shame I can't still see it through those eyes!

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    1. By the sounds of things, many of my friends feel the same way. I think it would be an exciting place to live, but more often than not people want to get out!

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  3. Looks like you had a great day out, love the photos! I lived in London for 20 years, everyone keeps themselves to themselves most of the time. We're yet to take our toddler there but I'm sure that day will come :)

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  4. I'm glad you had a good trip. We went back to London this weekend and it was nice to see how polite people are on the tube - offering to give up seats for the children - as opposed to moaning that they aren't fare paying. Great photos.

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  5. Great photos and that's an awesome scowl! :) Visiting on #BlogLoveDay from Love All Blogs :)

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    1. Thanks Lisa, and thanks for visiting! x

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  6. I adore London, it was where my husband first told me he loved me. We still go as often as we can and that love now deep always has that first tingly feel again. Love the photos. Looks a good day out Just popped over from Love All Blogs linky

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  7. LOL looks like a good time was had by all :0)

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  8. What a great day in London. I live in London and can't wait till L is old enough to take in the sights and enjoy things like the tube. She has been into central but is obviously pretty oblivious to the fact she lives in one of the greatest cities on earth.

    Brilliant photos and I love the underground one, it looks like you have it all to yourselves.

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  9. The share great! London is kind of a dream for me. I've been to many places and continents, but not the UK! I'm hoping that I get a chance to visit one day.

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  10. London is such a beautiful place. I was there in the mid 80's and this brought back so many memories. Love that shot with the huge ice cream cone! Fabulous!

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  11. Such beautiful photos! We love London and try to take our kids about once a year - they're bigger though - 12, 9 and 7.
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  12. Nice pics, greeting from Belgium

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  13. Beautiful photos!
    Greetings from Germany :-)

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  14. What a great trip, and gorgeous photos!

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  15. How wonderful that you got to visit. I love London too, and it's my husband's most favorite place to visit in the world, hands down.

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  16. I love your photos and your son has fabulous hair:) The thought of flying with my kids makes me really nervous but most people say theirs take it in their stride so maybe I should braver?

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    1. Well, London is only a hop, skip and a jump away from us (1 hour on the plane) and of course, we only have Jack, so it was grand. We are considering a city break somewhere in Europe next (flying time 3-4 hours) but any further and I couldn't handle the major headache of trying to entertain a toddler on a long flight. Believe me, if he was any younger and came with bottles and nappies and everything else I wouldn't be going anywhere!! So don't beat yourself up. You'll know when you feel ready reckon. We did.

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  17. London is the greatest city- we loved living there for a year or so. I still visit a lot. Gorgeous photos as always. x

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  18. Gorgeous photos, the first one looks like it could be from a fashion magazine x

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  19. Great post, London is one of my faves too and your photos are awesome!!!

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  20. I like that channeling sid vicious. What gorgeous photos! Sounds like a fab trip.

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  21. Never been but really would love to visit! I love all your photo's!
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  22. I love these photos! What a fun glimpse into your life!

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  23. Your photos are fabulous! I love London. My mom had her 50th birthday there. I think it was partly because my step-dad has two grown boys, one in England and one with a wife and children in Scotland. She flew my hubby and me out for a few days. We stayed at the Tower Hotel at the Tower Bridge with a great view of the bridge. It was summertime too, so the days were long and we just loved the vibe and all. My W.W. hop is live at http://abooksandmore.blogspot.com/2013/10/picture-perfect-party-linky-62.html

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  24. love, love, love these pictures .... and London! Oh, so timeless. & beautiful.

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    Allie
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  25. Love to live closer to pop over to London for a long weekend. Such a gorgeous boy - looks like you'll be able to take him travelling more often.

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  26. Oh London is on my bucket list! Love the pictures!

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  27. Loved the photos nice to see you in London I am from London and lived here all my life just up from Marble Arch and not far from Buckingham Palace

    Have a tanfastic week ;-)

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  28. Thank you for sharing a bit of your life, I so enjoy Jack, 1st photo is awesome!!

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  29. Awesome pictures, baby looks like a model.
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  30. I would absolutely love to travel to London with my family! What a neat experience!

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  31. Love these pictures and so jealous! London is one of my absolute favorite places to visit. Jack fits right in perfectly. Good thing the queen didn't overhear him, though, and get her feelings hurt. ;)

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  32. Great photos....love the little hand holding the Oyster card! I'm super excited to be traveling from across the pond next month to attend the Doctor Who 50th celebration. Very nervous about navigating the train and underground...but if Jack can do it with a smile I guess there's hope for me and the hubby. :)

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    1. We've travelled on the underground in many countries (including Japan... now that was confusing!) but the London tube is by far the most straightforward. You'll be fine. Enjoy the Dr Who convention!

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  33. Not at all surprised that he took so well to travel. Hilarious commentary outside the palace.

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