29 November, 2014

LONDON WEEKEND



London was a wonderful experience and I'm convinced I was introduced to the City by the best person for the job. Ana and I ate ungodly amounts of bread, walked till we thought we'd worn holes in our boots, stayed up too late, slept too late, and laughed far too hard.

Our days were spent shopping (Oxford Street! Like nothing else...) and sightseeing and in the evenings we mostly hopped cocktail bars, one evening saw a play and another, visited the German Market in Hyde Park.

London food was good for my soul, and naturally I ate a lot of it. Anything you can dream, within a one-block radius (unless you're in Chinatown).

Friday night we had Swiss fondue at St Moritz and later went to one of London's top cocktail bars, Sketch.

One of my favourite meals was brunch Saturday at Le Pain Quotidien-- organic croissants and baguettes with farm fresh organic eggs, green drinks, and house jams and chocolate spread floating between tables.

In Trafalgar Square we stumbled upon teens advertising free hugs and a man twisting wire into rings and threading beads and stones through them with a sign "Free Rings -- everyone will be happy!" I had him custom make one for Katharina, and she's worn it every day since I gave it to her. Later, we enjoyed wine during a stunning and hilarious performance of Shakespeare in Love at Noël Coward and very late dinner at Côte.

Sunday we had High Tea at the impressive Laduree in Harrods, which was admittedly more cake than two little ladies could consume. But not to fear, they gorgeously packaged it up for us to take away. After plenty of sightseeing and popping into the impressive Victoria & Albert Museum (I loved the pool in the back courtyard-- open for wading, but clothes must stay on- ha!), we visited the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park for mulled wine, wurst, and a bit of Christmas shopping. 

The weekend was packed full of great times but the fastest we ever hustled was through the tube stations. We really enjoyed sitting back and savouring each thing we did; if it's possible to be slow-paced in London, I think we did it.

I thoroughly enjoyed tasting the busy life of a Londoner, but was happy to get back to The Bubble and my family! Speaking of, I arrived home late Monday afternoon to a sparkling house and four sweet faces hiding in the kitchen. Peter had deep cleaned the whole house and reorganised the kids' dressers, cleaned the bathroom, washed, dried and put away all the laundry, meal planned, grocery shopped, and took our babes on long adventures. He's such a keeper.

That's all! Next time I visit I'll be house hunting-- hooray!

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful trip! You sure did pack it full. I can't wait until it is you showing me around town. :)

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