Thursday, February 25, 2016

London Vacation

Last week we had a family vacation to London. I lived in England a couple times when I was little, and 30 years ago I worked as a nanny in London. I have been wanting to take our sons for a while, and was so pleased that we had the opportunity.

Here are some photos- 

Great mix of old and new - Tower of London and the Gherkin
Millennium Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral in the distance
Piccadilly Circus
Trafalgar Square
Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace
Big Ben and the House of Parliament
Swans in Hyde Park

Of course we had to see 'the shops' -

inside in the food halls - beautiful tiles
inside Liberty - the building was amazing
our only brush with royalty was this life size Lego Queen at Hamley (a huge toy store)
Some train station sights -

King's Cross
St Pancras - this was huge
Paddington - this was tinier that I thought it would be
We went on a cable car ride across the Thames -

The view - the O2 arena
The museums in London are amazing -
British Museum

inside, in the Great Court
there were a few of these - I thought the drape of the fabric was amazingly sculpted 
Natural History Museum
the building was incredible
I know I come from one of the coldest places in the world (it was -30℃ the day we left, but it is a dry cold), but I was amazed how cold I was in London with temperatures above freezing. They are a hardy lot! Check out all the beautiful flowers (I was told that they had had a warm spell before we came and the blooms were early)-

We rented a 'flat' for the week in a quite neighbourhood

Of course I have to have some photos from the plane (just because I find them fascinating)-

Toronto - stop over on the way to London  - you can see the CN Tower
coming home

All these photos were taken with my cell phone - so easy to travel with!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Sue SA said...

Great photos! London has changed so much - so nice to see the new and old buildings side by side. Glad you got to take the family, one day I would like to take mine too. Did you buy anything at Liberty?

Norma said...

Wonderful pictures! I am so jealous but not really since I don't like to fly. It looks like it was a beautiful trip.

Needled Mom said...

Those are fabulous cell phone pictures. It looks like an amazing trip. A damp cold is a different cold. Brr.

QuiltShopGal said...

I have never been to England and would love to go. Definitely on my bucket list. Glad to hear you had a good trip and I appreciate you sharing your photos. Looks like great fun.


Karen said...

Really enjoyed the photos, and your commentary, Joanne. What a nice get-away for you and your family!

Raewyn said...

It's great to see your photos Joanne - and so pleased you enjoyed your holiday!

zenuwpees said...

Un magnifique réportage de Londres Marie-Claire