Made it back to base camp in one piece. London was great but it is also good to be back home. We had a great time.
I would recommend Notting Hill/ Labroke Grove as a base: it is exciting and vibrant part of London.
I missed the most perfect photo opportunity today: We caught the tube today on route to Standsted airport. We had to contend with major delays on the Hammersmith Line "owing to signal failure at Baker Street". After a few stops I managed to get James a seat while the rest of us were all packed in tightly like sardines. James got hold of a newspaper and had it stretched out, "reading" it with his legs crossed, he just looked like he was on route to work..
We spent a good 30 minutes at the airport organising our luggage to avoid a repeat of any excess baggage charges. Thankfully we got through without incident. Given Ange's shopping record over the last week this was a MAJOR accomplishment. (I checked this comment past her, you know, marital bliss and all.. she OK'ed it and THEN muttered "those boots definitely would not have fitted").
London Highlights for the boys: Jack: All of it. He loved London and can't wait to get back (when he is a pro footballer). His favourite adventures was the London Eye and all the museums especially the dinosaurs and space ones. Henry: The Queen's jewels; Covent Garden and his (first) stage appearance; the Pirate Ship at Lady Di's Memorial (kids playground) park. Pictured Left. James: Hider in the House (BBC2 at 9am)
We have only been away for 10 days but it is amazing how fast spring is... well springing. Everything here is a lot greener, the grapevines on the deck have bushy leaves. The roses are out.. as are the veggies.
This was certainly our last "big trip" before we return home at end of the year. We have one more smaller trip tentatively planned in early July.. Pamplona, Spain. Damn I need to get on and book this.