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Final Days in London

Friday:

We went to the V&A to see the Lockwood Kipling exhibit.  Lockwood Kipling was the father of Rudyard Kipling.  It was very interseting.  He was involved in politics but also in art.  After that we had lunch at Pan Quotedien near by.  We split up after that and mom and I went back to the V&A.  We saw the exhibit on Revolutions.  It was really interesting especially considering what is going on in the world today.  (It was also Inaguration Day.)  After that mom and I went to Fait Mason across the street from our hotel.  We sat there and had a snack while working.  We headed out towards Picadilly Circus for dinner with everyone.  We ended up eating at a restuarant across from the theatre.  Then we saw Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – part two!  It was an amazing play, but they asked us not to reveal the magic to those who have yet to see it.

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Saturday:

Mom and Audrey went and did some shopping first thing while the rest of us got ready.  We all met up at the British Library though.  At the British Library we did an exhibit on maps (not pictures aloud) and looked at the old books they have.  We have been before but it is still amazin to see the Magna Carta, Bibles, Karan, Jane Austen’s books and John Lennon’s lyrics.  Afterwards we went to Leicester Square to see if we could get tickets to a matinee.  There weren’t any matinees available we wanted to see.  We had lunch near by before trying to get back to our hotel to pack.  We ended up walking through the Women’s March while everyone else walked in the opposite direction of us.  We ended up walking to Westminster and getting the tube because there were no cabs or buses.  Back at the hotel we packed and had dinner on the same street as the hotel.

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Sunday:

We woke up at 4am to get in the hired car for Heathrow.  We walked a good mile or so through Heathrow to our gate at 5am.  Our flight was fairly empty on the way back to the U.S. so we got to spread out on the plane.  You could definitly tell it was Inaguration and Women’s March weekend at IAD. We then had our flight to RDU and then drove home.  It was a long day for all of us.

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Well there you have it, our January 2017 trip to London!  I hope you enjoye this little blog series.  If there is something on the trip you would like more details about or if there is something else travel or life related you would like to know more about, let me know!  I’d love to write a blog post about it.  I am coming up with a lot of future plans for this blog.  That I am excited about.

-Maggie

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London: Wednesday and Thursday

Hey-o!  Happy Superbowl Sunday!  I don’t care too much about football but will be cheering for the Atlanta Falcons.  I wanted this to be my final London post but Wednesday and Thursday will have to do for now.  They were both busy days as you will see.  For some reason wordpress doesn’t upload my photos in the order I told it too, FYI.  Without further ado here is Wednesday and Thursday in London.

Wednesday

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Me at Richmond University

Mom and I went and toured Richmond, the American University London Wednesday morning.  We took the tube out there, but then needed to take the bus to the school.  We got on the wrong bus though, and ended up a 20min. walk from the school.  So, we went into Sainsbury’s and called a taxi.  At the school we took a campus tour.  Richmond is a international school with around 120 nationalities represented.  Their motto is “Unity in Diversity.”  Upon graduation use recieve both a British and American certification.  After the tour ended Mom and I walked down to Thames.  We had lunch over looking the water before getting the tube back to Gloucester Road.  Richmond actually has two seperate campuses in London, one for first and second years and another one for third and fourth years.  Their campus in South Kensington is the one for third and fourth years, while their first and second years campus is the one I toured in the morning in Richmond.  After coming back to South Kensington Mom and I walked by their campuses then we went to Hyde Park.  We rented bikes and rode around!  It was a lovely afternoon.  We headed back to the hotel with our bikes and ran into Audrey and Poppy.  Audrey and Mom switched bikes and we rode around for a few more minutes.  After returning them, we went back to the hotel for a while.  We had dinner right next to the hotel, so it was a quiet night.

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Thursday

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Sadie at Holborn Station

All of us headed towards St. Paul’s.  We went to Guildhall, and went to the art gallery there.  They had some awesome paintings.  They had an exhibit on the first telegram.  It was interesting.  Afterwards, Sadie and Mom split up with us and saw Phantom of the Opera.  Poppy, Audrey and I went to the Museum of London.  While Nan hung back at Guildhall for a few minutes, but later joined us.  After finishing at the Museum of London Audrey and I headed to Convent Garden.  We had lunch at Pod.  It was a good different kind of fast food.  We slowly walked our way to Convent Garden Market popping into a shop here and there.  We went into kikki.k!  I’ve wanted to go to one of their stores for a while and was excited to shop there!  I got this Study Notes Note Pad (kind of like planner) and a paper kit with all these different things to do with it.  Audrey and I had a mini tea at Briget’s Bakery and took the scenic bus to Waterloo.  At Waterloo we took the tube back to Leicester Square to meet up with everyone.  We had dinner at a Brazillian place (kind of like Rioz in Myrtle Beach).  Then, we went to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – part one!

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There you have it, have a good Sunday!

Maggie

 

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London: Sunday, Monday and Tuseday

Hi everyone!  So basically, between all the things we were doing and jet lag I became exteremly exhausted.  That means this series of posts are coming to you late.

Sunday

20170115_153544I woke up, I showered, I got dressed.  Then Mom and I needed to leaveso my hair was wet. It was a 20 minute walk in less than 40F and rain to the Brompton Oratory, but we made it and it was worth this.  The Brompton Oratory is a catholic church.  It has a beautiful interior.  We came for their Latin mass.  It was interesting, but they only had the English written down so when they were speaking in Latin we could not join in.  I recognized some words from my Latin education but since it was all auditory I could only tell you it was a church service.  After that we got Sadie from the hotel room.  We grabbed a quick bite to eat before seeing Giselle.  After the ballet ended we got on a bus and went to the Tower of London, except it was at night so naturally we could not go in.  We ate at Coba Club.  They had igloos you could eat in but it was a two hour wait.  The igloos keep you warm and cozy while you eat outside.  Also, when they say they have awesome wifi they are not lying!  It was pretty late then so we headed back to the hotel.

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Monday

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It was a slower morning, our mornings just got slower and slower 😀  We rode the bus near to St. Pauls.  We ate lunch at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese ~ rebuilt 1667, after the great fire.  It was a very neat pub.  You could feel the history it had.  It was easy to imagine people from seventeenth and eighteenth century talking and having a pint.  After that we walked to St. Pauls and walked across the Millenium Bridge to the Globe.  On the Millenium Bridge someone pointed out to us “Gum Art,” an artist is painting the gum on the bridge.  Check it out here. Sadie and I went to class in Starbucks across from the Globe.  After that we had dinner in the Swan at the Globe and watched All the Angels in the Sam Wanamaker theatre (also at the Globe).  All the Angles focused on the creation of Handel’s Messiah.  It was amazing!  An older lady had some kind of episode and was carried out of the theatre at a very intense moment in the show, only adding to the intensity.  After All the Angels ended we got the Thames Clipper to Westminster.  We then took the tube back to Gloucester Road, where our hotel was.

I know there are so many pictures of St. Paul’s, but I like them all!

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Tuesday

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All the food was delicious!

We purposefully had a later morning today.  All the Angels got out at about 10pm.  Our adventure today was having tea on a double decker bus!  The bus drove around London showing us all the highlights, and the tea was superb.  After our marvelous tea ended we split up in two.  Audrey and Mom went to all the high-end stores.  Poppy and Sadie went back to the hotel.  Nan and I went to Long Tall Sally, and I got some clothes.  After that we took a quick break at Paul’s.  We went back to the hotel.  We rested a bit, but then Mom, Audrey, Sadie and I went to see Les Misérables.  We ate a very late dinner afterward, and took a lovely taxi back to the hotel.

I don’t know why my photos don’t upload in chronological order, or any particular order at all.

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First Bit of London, January 2017

Hi!  I’m in London right now with my sisters, mom and grandparents.  In this post I’ll give you a run down on the last few days.
The weather has been 40F or below with rain. YAY…  We’ve packed, travelled and rested and explored our neighborhood.  My sisters and I have school to keep up with and mom has work so that also plays a factor in how we spend our time.

Thursday
We finished packing, then drove to Raleigh. We had dinner with my dad’s family who live there.  After a sweet and short visit, we did a quick stop at target then rearranged our suitcases in our hotel room.  We probably went to bed after 12am.

Friday
Up at 3:30am!  We left the hotel at 4 for the flight to Dulles 😭  It was a quick flight.  It was a long walk from gate to gate.  We got on the flight to Heathrow pretty quickly.  We had the best flight attendants!  The flight from Dulles to Heathrow is a little more than seven hours.  The flight was during the day, most flights going east are at night.  It was nice because when we got to London we could sleep all night.  The flight offered a breakfast and a sandwich for lunch.  I had snacks with me but it was nice because our morning that started at 3 am went buy quickly.  The flight was smooth except for a little expected turbulence that didn’t last very long.  Our flight got in a bit early but customs took a bit longer than expected for this time of year.  We had arranged a car to pick us up at the airport because of some injuries and the weather.  Bed after midnight, long few days for us!

Saturday
Slower start to the morning.  We ate breakfast at restuarant right next to our hotel, but then went back up to do some school.  After that we did most of the V&A’s exhibit Undressed, a brief history of underwear before joining Nan for lunch at the V&A.  Nan went to get us ticckets for some plays.  The rest of went to the National Gallery’s exhbit Beyond Carvaggio.  It was really good!  It focused on certain times in Carvaggio’s life and the artist who were influenced by him at that time.  Afterwards we met Nan and Poppy for dinner at the Golden Dragon in China Town.  It was a good and quick meal, we had only and hour before we had to be at our play for the evening, Peter Pan Goes Wrong.  The play was right around the corner, so we weren’t pressed for time at dinner.  In November 2015 we saw the companies first take on the “Goes Wrong” series The Play That Goes Wrong, which focuses around the attempt to perform a play about a murder.  The “Goes Wrong” bit of both of these plays is where the comedy comes in.  It includeds problems with the sets and cast members forgetting their lines or their personal life interfering with the performance, but I won’t tell you more unless I ruin it for you.  After Peter Pan we got the tube back to the hotel.

Today had its own adventures I look forward to sharing with you over the next few days.

Ciao
Maggie

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Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas

Hi Everyone, it’s taken me two months + the time between the trip and starting to write (=4 months) to get this blog post published but here it is!  In July my family and I went on a cruise on Royal Caribbean International’s Grandeur of the Seas.  The Cruise was 9 nights; 2 days in Bermuda, 1 day in Nassau, Bahamas, 1 day on Royal Caribbean’s island CocoCay, and a total of 5 days at sea. Below is a gallery of pictures from our trip. I plan on posting a series of posts from the trip, one for each port, cruising tips, etcetera.

Pre-Cruise

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Bermuda

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Nassau, Bahamas

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CoCoCay,  Bahamas (RCI’s Private Island)

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On Board Grandeur of the Seas

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Then we had to get off the ship 😦

I am working on some projects which may take some time to get finalized (& published) but they’re on their way to you.

Thanks for reading!
Maggie

 

Day Trip – Columbia, S.C.

Hi! It’s been a long time. Yesterday I took a day trip to Columbia, SC. Our purpose in going was to see Absolutely Fabulous. Columbia was the closest place to Myrtle Beach that was showing it. We got there too late for the 3 o’clock showing, but knew there was a later one. That second showing ended up being at 8:30 pm. So, we got home at 1 am.

With all that extra time, we went to the art museum.

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After an hour there, we looked at a store and ate dinner (part one). We then drove around the USC campus, and grabbed some coffee.  Hungary again we ate dinner (part two).  Finally, it was time to get to the movie theatre thirty minutes early.  Absolutely Fabulous was a great movie, and made the day absolutely fabulous.

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Ciao for now,
I am busy writing some new posts.
-Maggie

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Busy, Busy, Catching Up!

It has been a busy three months!  I have gone too Florida, my grandparent’s condo, Charleston, North Carolina, and I have had a bunch of school work! So here’s, a little catching up on what I have been up to.

I went to Florida with my Mom for her job.  I did school, babysat and went to the pool.  We ended with spending part of the day back in Charleston for my birthday!

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For my birthday party I had a Mystery Dinner.  I purchased it from Shot in the Dark Mysteries.  I had the party at my Grandparent’s condo, then spent the week there for my Spring Break.  My cousins also came down for my party.

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I also went to Charleston, again.  We saw the Little Mermaid by the Charlotte Ballet.  On Sunday morning, my sister played the organ at a Cathedral.
Here’s a slideshow of some of the photos from that weekend!

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I did Mock Trial this year, so that required a day trip to Florence.
I went up to North Carolina for my aunt’s birthday for a day too, another day trip.

Last night was my dance recital!

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There are many more things coming, stay tuned!