Wednesday, 30 April 2008
Monday, 28 April 2008
Sunday, 27 April 2008
Saturday, 26 April 2008
Today we donned a more reflective mood and joined other Kiwi's and Aussie's in the ANZAC commemoration in Westminster. We thought about going to the dawn parade but it would have been a logistical nightmare, pity though it was first at the new Hyde Park memorial.
The day started in Whitehall at the Cenotaph monument, just outside Downing Street. The parade was lead by a band of Irish Guards who were damn good - there were no teenagers trying to play the play the Last Post in this parade! After the dedication we raced down the street to Westminster Abbey for the formal service of commemoration (we had to book tickets through the High Commission). We thought the boys might get bored, which they did but they responded well to sugar bribery and besides they had lots to gwark at (Dukes, Dames and bowler hats). They were very well behaved and looked very smart in their best clothes.
I have to give the Brits credit: they really know how to do pomp and ceremony (it is all: wham, bam as quick as you can).
This was a great opportunity which was far too important to pass up. Mum, I wish you had been here to help us sing the NZ anthem.
Thursday, 24 April 2008
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
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Welcome to the Tuesday ramble:
Tuesday, 22 April 2008
Quick post on our Tuesday outing.. the grand old lady of museums. She was good and cheap with free entry for the young and old.
Highlights: Egyptian Mummies - lots of them. Rosetta Stone, something that Dad was keen to get the boys excited about. The boys enjoyed the mummies - they love all the gruesome stuff. Getting around London is often an adventure in itself.
The big day had arrived.... after a slow breakfast, kisses, cards and presents we headed out for a "stress-free" adventure. Caught the tube to Embankment to check out the London Eye. This was a somewhat risky option: not knowing how long the queues would be BUT it turned out that there weren't any.
After making sure that young James had been to the men's room we hoped on board for our "flight".
It was bit of a gray London day but the views were great. The trip lasts 30 minutes for one revolution. Afterwards the boys had a run around in the park and we checked out the local street performers. Here are some un-edited pics.
Do you recognise the boat in the bottom picture? The Tattershall Castle (hasn't sunk yet).
Monday, 21 April 2008
Our first day back in London was reserved for some shopping.. for that big birthday I've told you about.
I don't think that the boys had much fun.. except for the visit to Hamley's toy store, that is.