I’m at home again, have been since Friday morning. Hubby came to pick us from the airport at 1am even thou he had to go to work early in the morning. He is so sweet. Now I’ve been loading my batteries over the weekend and finished two books, an introvert after too much peopling so I decided to write something here too.
On Sunday morning we, me and youngest son and my friend Heidi, found ourselves in London. I almost lost Heidi when we changed underground trains in Green Park as the train left before she managed to get on board. So she took the next one to Southwark (luckily the only possibility) and I spotted her sitting in the car and called her from the door. There was only one man so I didn’t quite die on embarrasment. After we had stored our bags to the hotel (LSE Bankside, a dormitory for LSE students with very cheap accommodation during Uni holidays) we took ourselves to the British Library. On our way there we popped by Forbidden planet, mine and youngest son’s fave shop, and then we walked to the BL via Russell Square which did good after all the sitting on the plane.
At the British Library we met Heidi’s daughter Mira who lives in London. She had got a bit cold and was sneezing all the time. Inside we saw the ’Treasures of British Library’ exhibition which had beautiful old manuscripts (poor monks in their cold cloisters) and also Beatles lyrics and so on, very interesting even on youngest one’s mind.
From there we went to the hotel to see if our room was ready (it was) and then we had some dinner and went to bed.
On Monday we visited the Science museum with youngest one, Heidi went to visit Mira for the whole day. When we were back on the street we noticed the Natural history museum’s ads and went in to see their exhibition of volcanoes and earthquakes, it was interesting but a video of the tsunami in Japan at 2011 reminded me too much of the Thailand tsunami on 2004 where my cousin lost his family and I just tried not to cry. Afterwards we realized we had been there over five hours, made a quick tour to Covent Garden where we watched a man ride a uni-cycle and jongleur with knives, he was very good. Then we had dinner and went back to the hotel.
On Tuesday we visited the National Gallery and especially the impressionists. Oh yes, the Monet paintings were wonderful and I recognized Turner’s art because of the RA-film.. so one can learn things watching good movies.
After that I went with Jimi to Science museum because he wanted to change a gyroscope he bought since it was keeping a noise it shouldn’t have. Heidi was going to Mira’s again. When we finally got out of the Science museum I called Heidi and she said she was going to Mira’s later since Mira was so feverish she was trying to sleep so we agreed to meet at Harrods. My phone died after I had sent a message to Heidi that we were going to the pet supplies (what a joke!) and finally we met Heidi there. As I had anticipated my phone to run low on batteries I had the charger with me and so we spent about an hour in a corridor in Harrods. Then we walked a bit around Knightbridge and went to eat fish and chips to a pub and then Heidi left to Mira’s and we went home.
On Wednesday we walked to Postman’s Park which is located near St. Paul’s Cathedral. I’ve wanted to visit it for years, I saw pics of it the net some time ago and now I finally got to see it and it was just lovely. From there we took a underground train to Baker Street. Oh yes, the famous detective himself. There was a bit of a queue but finally we got into the small house and it was lovely. The shop was just as lovely.. Then we had coffee and took a bus to Oxford Circus where we met Mira who was better. We did some shopping and walked to the Forbidden Planet where I bought some books and Jimi got three Funko figures. Well, actually two are his and I got Bucky ❤ Heidi and Mira left to have something to eat as Mira was feeling not so good. We took our shopping home and rested a bit and then went for dinner to restaurant Zizzi at Southbank. Oh boy the food was so good! and they were really busy too but very nice staff. Back at the hotel I tried to pack my suitcase and then Heidi came with Mira, who had gotten a huge migraine and fell asleep on Heidi’s bed. Heidi did some shopping and in a bit after Mira woke up she was feeling much better and Heidi walked her to a bus and her boyfriend was at the other end of the bus route to get her home.
On Thursday we checked out and left our luggage to the hotel to wait and went for a walk. First we visited Tate Modern and took the lift to 10th floor and also browsed the 4th floor free exhibition. I have always walked through the Tate Modern’s ground floor because it has good shops. This time I found just a fridge magnet. We walked to the Blackfriars bridge and had coffee and watched a pair of swans and enjoyed the sun. Then we got our luggagge from the hotel and walked to the Waterloo station, did some window shopping there too and took a train to Heathrow where we were in really good time. We did some shopping, had dinner and I and Heidi found ourselves in Cath Kidston sale and bought handbags for both of us.
Our flight was a bit late but we managed to get home nicely, hubby drove us home via Heidi’s so she got home too with ease.
Nice trip and I love London.
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Susanna: wow very full and enriching days spent in London. I have heard many good things about the Tate Modern so that is good to know. The restaurant you all ate at what type of food? Very well rounded visit by you, Heidi and Jimi. I hope Mira is much better now and Heidi did not catch Mira’s cold?! Nice to match The Impressionist art exhibit with the BBC mini series, did you picture Richard painting ?
Thank you for taking us on your trip there. I hope to see London in the near future myself,
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The Zizzi’s was Italian, very good food. Mira was much better on Thursday but of course Heidi was worried as mum’s are. And yes I did think of Richard 😉
Susanna, great. Note to myself about Zizzi’s. Good that Mira was better and hooray that Richard flashed across your thoughts. He was probably back in London when you were just there!!!! I also will google the Forbidden Planet shop that sounds cool
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Forbidden planet: https://forbiddenplanet.com/
I was wondering if he was back in London too. When we walked to the hotel I was reminded of how I saw his parents back in August 2014 when we (me and another friend) were there to see Crucible in Old Vic. We were on the 22nd there and then on 23rd we walked back from the signing at Old Vic his parents walked in front of us back to their hotel and I wanted so bad to tell how perfect their son was but decided not to since they deserved their privacy too.
Oh wow Susanna I would be jumping up and down if I saw him or even a pinging of him and yes absolutely agree with you about his parents.
Thank you for the forbidden planet link. When are you planning on coming for Uncle Vanya if I can ask?
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If I can so yes, I really want to see him in it. My friend (the one I saw Crucible with) has her 50th birthday coming up just on the time for that play and she already asked if I’d like to travel with her somewhere and that’d be just perfect. As City employees we get one day off as a birthday present so it might be we’ll be able to get to London 🙂
The signing at Old Vic was just a blur as I was so excited to see him. I know I’ve been there but I was so star-struck ❤
I can well imagine. I have dreams of meeting him, pictures with him… that would be an awesome bday gift next year of you both go!!
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