Wednesday, 22 June 2011

As if the trip hadn't been indulgent enough

Ken's parents stayed longer in Ireland, but after nine fabulous days we headed home with a two day lay-over in London - neither of us had ever been. We were staying for free in a flat owned by a company that someone Ken works with sits on the board of directors for, yada, yada, yada. I, for one, was nervous to find it because it wasn't like finding the Holiday Inn, so we took a cab from the airport rather than trying the train. Two days later we were confident Londoners and took the train a couple of times including back to the airport.

Here we are.

I should pan out a bit to give you the full effect.
That's right, totally spoiled.
Our patio in our flat one block off Hyde Park.
Such a charming neighbourhood!
The school looked just like our building only it had a little plaque next to the door with the school name. The school uniform was a gingham dress with the red sweater and socks and a straw hat. Adorable!

London Slideshow
I can't seem to embed the slideshow. If you want to see 32 more pictures (with captions) click "London Slideshow" above. If you don't, well, I'll never know.

Our first day in London we did a hop-on, hop-off tour bus and saw the sights, but by evening I was starting to surrender to a head cold I'd been fighting for a day or two, so we came home early and enjoyed our kitchen stocked with strawberries, eggs, milk, chocolate, sparkling water, yogurt, cheese, and more, I kid you not.

The next day we did more walking and shopping, which almost did me in, but somehow I bounced back and we took in a play in Coventry: Pygmalion at the Garrick Theatre starring Rupert Everett. (My Fair Lady was adapted from this play by George Bernard Shaw.) It was the perfect way to finish off London with all the references to the city we'd been exploring for the previous two days. I would totally go back.


Marie said...

This just makes me want to see London more. My dream city.

The little girl in her school uniform just about did me in. Adorable.

Rupert Everett??? How cool is that!

Jill said...

Oh my goodness, I'm so jealous! I would absolutely love to stay in a flat in London (without a head cold of course)!!!