I don't have fireflies in my garden - which is a shame... only cats, bees, a dog and the odd dragonfly!! So please settle down with a cuppa, put your feet up and enjoy!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Our Adventure away from home.... Part 1

It's a dangerous business Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might be swept off to.
~ Bilbo Baggins ~

So here we are finally... the first holiday post... from our holiday in September!  Well I did tell you that my days and months appear to have flown by way too fast this year!

So onward and upwards and into the breach once more!!

I don't know if we did anything that you would call adventurous on our holiday, but we did indeed go on a big holiday!  Maybe not a big holiday in the sense of a grand epic adventure or grand tour, but we did go overseas and end up on the other side of the world.

And what did we find there?

Day 1
We arrived in London in the early hours of Saturday morning, and after going to the apartment where we were staying in Queensgate to check in, shower and change (we paid for the night before so that we could do the early check in!); it was off to Waitrose's for the essentials - tea, milk and breakkie cereal... it was time to get out and start walking!!

And walk we did.... down to Hyde Park for a wander around, through Kensington Gardens and out of the park near the Australian War Memorial where we stopped to watch what looked like a police motorbike exercise.

Peter Pan Statue

Princess Diana Memorial Fountain

Police Motorbikes - practice or real?

From there we walked through Kensington and stopped off at Harrods for a look see and finally back to the pub around the corner for dinner.

Day 2
Up and at 'em early - funny how you manage to wake up early when you're holidays!!

Another busy day planned starting with spending the morning at the V&A museum.  Amazing place to go and walk around; the exhibitions are just fantastic.  We had a great walk down memory lane while wandering around the "Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980's" Exhibition - especially for Hubby as he grew up in the UK and remembers the fashions... most of which didn't quite get to where I lived in the hot north west of Western Australia!!
Performance Art at the V&A Museum
From the V&A we caught the tube to Covent Garden where we had lunch at Jamie Oliver's restaurant "Union Jack".  After wandering around Covent Garden we made our way to the Embankment so that we could be in position to watch the last stage of the Tour of Britain cycle race.

Riders in Stage 8 - Tour of Britain Cycle Race

While the race was on we took the opportunity to walk along the Embankment up to the Houses of Parliament where we stood and watched the riders for awhile longer before heading over to Westminster Abbey and started heading back to the Apartment.  Another day over....

Day 3
Monday bought more grey skies.... but no rain luckily as we had decided that Day 3 was the day for our Big Bus Tour of London!  It is amazing what you can see from the top of a big red bus!

Under construction - facade of a new store in London
We absolutely loved the Big Bus Tour of London.  What a great way to see all the sights in one day!  We did get off the bus to visit Paddington Bear at Paddington Station as well as St Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London.  We had planned to stop off at the London Eye but given the grey skies we decided not to as we probably wouldn't have seen much from the top anyway!!

Tower of London
I have been to the Tower of London before (when I went to London back in 1987) and I remember bits and pieces of the Tower and the exhibitions there but the main thing of course that sticks in my memory is the Crown Jewels!  Seeing them again in the setting of the 60th Anniversary of the Queen's Coronation was amazing - they were better than I remembered from the last trip!

While on the Warden's Tour at the Tower of London we were shown where in 1674 the bodies of two children were found...  these bodies were (and still are) thought to have been the bodies of the 2 little Princes in the Tower (sons of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville).  Now when I watch "The White Queen" I can remember that spot in Tower where the two Princes were taken too and later thought to have been discovered nearly 200 years after they disappeared.

And so ends Day 3.... and this post.  Stay tuned for the part two very soon.

Til next time, happy stitching


sharine said...

It looks awesome. Would love to travel to London one day:)

Angela P said...

It looks like you had a great time :) I haven't visited London since 1994.

Annette said...

It looks like awesome time!
beautifull pictures

Anne said...

Haha! I love that quote from Bilbo Baggins! Can't wait to see the Hobbit 2! What a great trip Noni! So lucky to visit London! Love the photos!! Hugs!

♥ Nia said...

Sounds like a wonderful time :D Thanks for sharing with us, it's great to read a little more about other countries where I haven't had the chance to visit yet! :)

Catherine said...

What a fabulous trip!

Valma said...

sooooo great !
I love London
If I had to choose a town it would be London !
it's really not that far from here and I miss going there
I hope next year we will have the chance to go more often to England...