Friday, March 28, 2014

Just Can't Stand It

We're going to England!!!!

Not long now.

And amid all the buying of stomach remedies and packing extra socks, I just keep thinking of the plans and possibilities:
  • Hampton Court
  • Harry Potter Studios
  • Cardiff--Doctor Who Experience and Cardiff Castle
  • Viking exhibition at British Museum
  • "Downton Abbey"/Highclere Castle
  • Stonehenge
  • Winchester
  • St. Pancras and Platform 9 3/4
  • Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery, and brass rubbings at St. Martin's in the Field (also tea)
  • Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the London Eye
  • Evensong at Westminster Abbey
  • Tower of London
  • St Paul's 
  • Museum of London
  • Globe Theater and Southwark
  • afternoon tea at Fortnum and Mason's 
  • lunch at Cheshire Cheese
  • Harrod's
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • yes, the food:  scones, clotted cream, strawberry jam, Earl Grey tea, Ploughman's lunch, Branston pickle, Cornish pasty, wonderful Indian food, traditional English breakfast, chocolate refrigerator cake, yogurt and marmalade, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, treacle sponge/summer puddings, digestive biscuits, steak and kidney pie, bubble and squeak, fish and chips, lemon curd, shepherd's/cottage pie, flapjacks, elderflower drinks, etc etc etc
  • The kids have even been practicing the lingo (boot, biscuit, bobby, petrol, lorry, tube, pounds, pudding, trousers vs. pants, chips, crisps, dustbin, loo, chemist's shop, car park, car bonnet, lift, post, Wellies, brolly?, etc) . . . 
  • and trying to keep a hold on the history (Celts, Romans, King Arthur, Vikings, Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth, Pilgrims/Puritans, Victorians, WWII . . . yes, there are some holes, but they're 8!)
  • and, last but not least, Lambeth and Mrs. Lambeth!!!


  1. You missed out buying underwear at Marks and Spencer!
    There is a real YARD in Trafalgar Square as well as a spare plinth and the last time I was there it had a totally naked man on it, so beware.
    London wishes you a safe joutney and a very happy, healthy time. London water is very pure, it has been through 6 sets of kidneys, including the best in Oxford.

  2. Ummm--how long will you be there? :)

  3. King Arthur may have been a myth, did you mean King Alfred, he of the bronze statue and BIG sword.

    You may travel on The Underground and get there on a moving staircase, having walked on The pavement
    OK Harrods for Mom but what about Hamley's Toy shop, said to be the biggest in the world but I think ToysRus is larger but not as much fun. Hamleys of Regent Street, close to Carnaby Street.

  4. This one is for Susan please.
    You can NEVER spend too long in London, it has 2000 or more years of history and new pieces keep on appearing year by year, a similar comment can be made about Jerusalem, Petra and many other cities but in London most of people speak English.
    When are you coming over?

  5. Lambeth, I imagine my cousin Susan thinks we're planning too much! :) But we'll be gone about 12 days and, with kids in tow, probably will spend a shorter time at each thing (not how I could spend a whole day at, say, Hampton Court!) And we know we won't see it all. Somewhere, Lambeth, you made the suggestion of the toy store. It is now on the list. Harrod's was more just to see it, not to shop. I'm not a shopper, really.

  6. I am so jealous! I hope you all have a wonderful time and can't wait to read about it!