London, Windsor and surrounds
26.01.2015 - 01.02.2015
A busy week in London meant some tired munchkins but plenty of smiles:
- Natural history museum - really cool set up with so much to see but never enough time, Claire (aka Pickle) joined us for a wander with the dinosaurs, the volcanoes and earthquakes
- Harrods - afternoon tea at a chocolate cafe, can't go wrong with chocolate fondue!!
- Science museum - not as good as NH Museum but interactive stuff for the kids, Anthony might need to become a Cabinet Minister one day!
- Cirque de soleil at Royal Albert Hall - stunning location and incredible show. Hard to believe what the human body can contort and throw itself into - the hours of practice impossible to comprehend.
- Hamleys Toy Store, Rainforest Cafe, Inamo (super modern restaurant) - Kate and Julie joined us at Hamley's for the Lego options, for some reason Gigi didn't want to admit to her birthday at Rainforest Cafe, a childhood favourite for London-ites - she missed out on being "serenaded" by the staff amongst the fake monkey's, baboons and elephants!
- Tower of London - despite a freezing day it was very cool to wander through the ramparts and check out the Crown Jewels, although the tour guides choosing not to operate due to some wet seemed a bit un-British!
- Windsor Castle, twice - a wander about old Castle was nice on the Thursday but the main highlight was returning on the Saturday to see the first day of the Waterloo art exhibition and the re-opened State Rooms before checking out the ceremonial changing of the guards. A whole lot of pomp and ceremony for a few dudes to change shift !!
Old mates (well, they are as old as us!)
Great to catch Dave Young for a bottle of birthday bubbles for Gigi and a lager or 2 - needless to say his adventures continue!
Staying for 2 nights with Mel Hall our old PE school mate and her husband Phil, kids Dylan, Harrison and Ava was really great. The kids similar age to ours and all got along nicely in the modern mansion in the Berkshire country-side. We all joined the Riddle family (old flatmate Tony/Rodney) who teach at local private girls school for a pub dinner on the Friday night - really nice for a rendezvous after so many years.
A really nice lunch with the Ritchie Family gave us another family session - usual banter from David, Michael and Christopher shows how little things change over time!!! Sue was doing well too - nice to see smiles on the face - and hopefully we'll see them in NZ end of 2015.
The week long hosting from Julie, Sean and Kate (as well as the occasional Bronte) in Muswell Hill was fantastic. We got plenty of time together despite it being a week of work/school - a busy life being led very well by all of them - and before we knew it the time to get on the plane to New York was upon us!!