London was the “big city” that I was most excited to visit. I just had a feeling that we would love being there. I’m not sure why but it was just one of those things that I could feel. As soon as we arrived, I knew I was right. Our hotel was close to Hyde Park so after we checked in the kids and I took a walk and found the Princess Diana Memorial Playground.
The kids quickly made friends and I had a very hard time getting them to leave. It was a place they asked to come back to every day that we were there.
We did do a couple of tours while we were in London, one was a walking tour where we saw Westminister Abbey, Big Ben (which was being restored so we didn’t actually see Big Ben), Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. The kids and I decided to head to a park while Graham and one of our friends who happened to be in London continued the tour and went to the Churchill War Rooms which they said was very interesting.
Graham didn’t ask to do a lot on this trip but one thing that he did request was to see Stonehenge. This was a full day tour and our guide was amazing. His name was Sam and he met us bright and early at our hotel. He saw the kids and went ahead and told us that it was a full day and we could go at our own pace. We were supposed to visit the city of Bath and explore the Roman Baths but we decided to play it by ear, see how the kids were doing after Stonehenge.
Sam was super knowledgable about Stonehenge and had the same level of interest (very high) regarding this massive, mystical and spiritual place as Graham.
They geeked out together which made me so happy because Graham has always wanted to see these gigantic stones and he had someone to talk to and ask questions. I had always thought Stonehenge was interesting but hadn’t given it much thought until we were there and I actually saw the size of these stones. It was incredible. It just so happened that we were there during the Summer Solstice and had the rare chance to witness a Druid ceremony. Our guide told us he has done many tours of Stonehenge but has never had the chance to witness one of these ceremonies so it was a pretty neat experience.
The kids were actually really intrigued and sat down to sketch.
We spent a few hours here and everyone left in awe. And a little tired so we went to a pub, had some lunch, a pint and then headed back to the city.
London was a lot of walking and exploring on our own, the Natural History Museum and playgrounds.
I fell in love with London in a matter of hours. The cobblestone streets, pubs, history, parks, people, culture. I could go on and on. I knew before we left we would be back one day.