Last night on BBC4 there was an hour of music from the BBC studios, but the link was that all the performers played songs in which London, the capital city of all capital cities, was the focus. Dire Straits, The Clash, and The Kinks were obvious choices, but many other artists, all British, paid homage to the city with their own observations and acknowledgements. Last week my family returned to this behemoth of a town for a whirlwind, touristy, fog-filled four days of adventure.
We spent a lot of time visiting museums. The Tate Modern, The British Museum, Museum of Natural History, the National Portrait Gallery, and even a small gallery in Battersea Park were all explored. I must say that we put some serious miles on the treads of our shoes to visit and walk through so much in so short a time. The kids were pretty good as long as the promise of something to eat and drink was dangled in front of them.
We took trips out to Greenwich on the Thames Clipper, visited the Tower of London, and admired the history of Westminster Abbey. Again, the kids were pretty good staying so busy, and with the promise of food and/or souvenirs were were able to keep moving forward.
Overall it was a busy but fun-filled trip. I have soooo many more photos which, somehow, I will need to turn into a yearly scrapbook upon our return to the US. I also took a lot of pictures with my iPad, which I found to be a much better camera, quality wise, than our point-and-shoot. We hope to get to London again because there is so much more to see. On the other hand, our weekends are filling up all the way up to Christmas break with many other places to visit here in the East Midlands, including more castles!!
Thankfully our kids travel pretty well and enjoy museums, to a point. Getting out into parks, or open spaces, is also necessary since our little boy is very bouncy and has fits of short attention spans. It was first annoying, then humorous, to watch him bounce around London running into strangers since he had a hard time walking forwards. Annika, having just turned eleven yesterday, gave us some fits as well but in looking back at these photos I seem to be forgetting what they were all about (though I know they existed).