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

 

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

Home!

Hello!
We are all back home in the U.S.  Everything is back in full swing!  Our time in London was exciting!  Being back to (somewhat of) a routine feels good.  Although that never holds me back from traveling!

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Friday & Saturday: The Last Days

Hello!
Friday:
We did the British Museum and its exhibitions, Celts: Art and Identity and Egyptians: Faith after the Pharoahs.  We joined Nan at Liberties for lunch.  Mom, Dad and Sadie took our time walking back to the otherside of the Thames.  We grabbed a snack from EAT. in Southbank Centre.  We walked to the Globe where we enjoyed dinner and Pericles.  Pericles was fantastic!  We took a taxi back to the house.
Saturday:
We toured Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park!  It was interesting to see everything!  Afterwards we took the tube to Kensington.  We went directly to the Victoria & Albert.  There we only did exhibitions, Shoes Pleasure & Pain and The Fabrics of India.  We ate dinner at Paul’s in Covenant Gardens.  We took a bus around town and a taxi home.

Thursday: Thanksgiving in London

Hey!
We started off rather slow today.  Mom and I took a gorgeous walk, then settled in a coffee shop for a while.  When Dad, Sadie and Audrey joined us we walked around the area.  All seven us ate lunch at Joe Allen, an American restaurant.  Poppy and I went to the BBC building and to the Photographers Gallery.  I caught back up with Mom, Dad and Audrey for dinner at Bella Italia.  We got Sadie, and went to see “The Play That Goes Wrong.”  We walked home.

Thank you for viewing!
Goodnight!
-M

Wednesday

Hi, Again!  Happy Thanksgiving!!
Wednesday was long.  We left the house about 7:30 and got back about 1am.  We got a rental car which took 2 hours because the car was stuck in traffic between the gas station and the pick-up place.  So finally we got on the road to Stratford-upon-Avon.  Barely making it there in time we saw Wendy & Peter Pan by the Royal Shakespeare Company.  It was fantastic!  It focused on the classic Peter Pan story but focusing more on Wendy than anything else.  From the time that finished, sometime after 3pm, we had over 3 hours to wait till our next play, Queen Anne.  During that time, the rental car was moved closer, Dad & I saw the statues pictured below, we ate dinner and Dad & I went to the church where Shakespeare is buried.  Dinner was extra long because of having so much time.  Queen Anne was riveting.  It focused on the relationship she had with Sara Churchill.  When the play ended, it left me wanting more.  I honestly did think the play was over.  We then drove back to London which got us back at 1am.  Getting back so late is why I didn’t post Wednesday, but twice today.

Happy Thanksgiving!!
What do you want to see on the blog in the future?
-M

 

Monday’s Journal

Hello!
Monday we visited friends in Alton, Hampshire.  Alton is right by Chawton, where Jane Austen lived for part of her life.  Having comed back from Hampshire Nan, Mom, A., S., and I got ready for the evening.  We went out to see Romeo and Juliet the Ballet at The Royal Opera House.

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Jane's House

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The pictures are pictures I’ve taken of my camera screen, which is why they’re a bit off! 
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Ciao!

Sunday in London: When Little Things Trip You Up

Hello!
Yesterday we missed everything the planners had planned!  We were going to do this, we were going to do that, and we didn’t do any of it.  Here’s what we did do: Dad, Mom, A., S. And I walked across The Golden Jubilee grabbed a coffee and walked home.  We ate lunch at home with Nan and Poppy and their friends.  Ended up going shopping at John Lewis and then eating dinner at the Archduke (all unplanned).

All photos are my own.


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Another post should be up tomorrow!  Stay tuned for that!
Cheers!
-M