Just Touched Down in London Town

We finally made it home! For a second I was getting worried…

We were scheduled to fly out of London on Saturday around 8pm, putting us back in Brisbane early Monday morning just in time for Travis to go to work. Around 4pm Saturday Travis noticed our passports that had been sitting by the front door (so we wouldn’t forget them) were no longer there. We looked high and low before determining the unthinkable must have happened- my sister, Caroline, must have taken them when she left for college that morning.

We confirmed that suspicion just as Caroline was getting off her 6 hour train ride in Edinburgh, Scotland (luckily we were able to catch her before she got on to her next train). She raced across town to make the next flight back to London but unfortunately she missed it by minutes… and the next flight was cancelled. Long story short, but a shady Edinburgh airport stay and hefty airline change fee later we headed back to Australia Sunday afternoon.

Anyway- enough of that madness and back to our trip. Since this was our third time going to visit my parents and my fourth time in London we already had most of the tourist attractions ticked off but we managed to squeeze in a few new activities.

Friday we went to Kings Cross Station so my potter head husband could get a picture at the Platform 9 3/4.

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Saturday we went to go by Westminster and Big Ben at night to get some pictures of them all lit up though…

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How many London symbols can we get in one picture?

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Sunday we made a concerted effort to attend church at Westminster Cathedral but shockingly we did not make it out of the house in time. We decided to visit St. Paul’s Cathedral instead since we hadn’t been before. We missed the last service so we just walked around, took pictures and added to our nativity collection.

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Travis thinks it’s hilarious to make me awkwardly pose in front of telephone booths everywhere. I promise this is the last one (that I’m posting- there are plenty more..).

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After our wander we decided to give Gordon’s another go and try and get a table. I talked some about Gordon’s some here. It’s the oldest wine bar in London- opened in 1890. You can read more about this history (including an interactive timeline) here. Every time we have gone it has been packed and we have had to sit outside. Since Sunday afternoon, especially on a sunny day, was not prime time to sit indoors in a dark cellar we were in luck.

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Two hours, a bottle of wine, cheese plate and a roast later we finally made our back into the sunshine.

Travis wanted to go see MI6, apparently where James Bond worked? It was pretty anti-climatic and we wouldn’t even have known that we were there if it weren’t for google maps.

Sooo we took a picture and called it a day.

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I unfortunately did not get any photographs of our teams embarrassing defeat that evening at trivia night at the pub.

Next week I am sharing our road trip to Belgium! 🙂

Friday Favourites: European Edition

Happy Friday 🙂

Our whirlwind weeklong trip is coming to a close, we got back to London this afternoon and we head back to Oz tomorrow evening. It’s been a chilly but fun week of family time, exploring new places and relaxing.

When we get home I will be posting more about where we went and what we did with photographic evidence from the “big camera” but until then, here are my favorites via lovely iPhone photography.

Christmas in London

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There’s something magical about Christmas time in London. The streets are busy, everyone has shopping bags and there are Christmas decorations and lights everywhere. I felt super touristy taking this picture but whatever- my husband is wearing a backpack so I guess we’re not really fooling anyone.

Gordon’s Wine Bar

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This is the fourth time in the past year we have been to Gordon’s in hopes of sitting in the cave-like cellar. The first time it was closed, the second and third time it was so packed we had to perch on a wine barrel outside with our wine glasses. But we are nothing if not determined and apparently 2pm on a sunny Sunday afternoon is not the most popular time to sit inside a dark cave and drink wine. We got prime real estate tucked right in the back corner. We split a bottle of wine, enjoyed a cheese plate and a Sunday roast and pretty much forgot what sunlight and the outside world looked like for a while. Gordon’s is the oldest wine bar in London and possibly all of Europe- built in the 1800’s. Most of it is still in its original condition including the dining area that is lit only by candle light. If you are in London I would add this to your list- good food, cheap wine and a step back in time.

Hunter Wellies

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I got an early Christmas present from my parents- the Hunter rain boots (or Wellies) I’ve been eyeing. I was so excited when I saw rain in the forecast for Brugge so I could break them in! Now I’m just crossing my fingers for more rain in Brisbane when we get back! Someone else liked them too…

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He just had a little trouble removing them.

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Brugge

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We spent the past several days in the quaint little town of Brugge (or Bruges), Belgium. I’m not exaggerating when I say it looks like a fairytale. The city center is literally within walls, the streets are cobblestone, the houses look fake and there are as many horse drawn carriages as there are cars on the road. I can’t wait to share more on our time there.

Tomorrow we head back home- only 8 hours to Dubai and 15 hours to Australia.

Until next time, check out the other Friday Favorites on the link up…

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