Greenwich Park, view of Canary Wharf. (You’d never guess from looking at this picture what kind of terrible travel experience they had getting from Toronto to London, and how terribly jet-lagged they likely were.)
Having my siblings come to visit was the best. I know I’ve already said this, every time someone came to visit I said it, but I just looked forward to it so much. My siblings have enough in common with me that I knew how much they would love all the things I loved in London. (Especially the food.) Our shared heritage and common interests make traveling and enjoying places highly pleasurable.
Amirah was just a few weeks old when they came, so I feel like I wasn’t quite as organized and energetic as I like to be. But we had a really good time regardless. Here are just a few snapshots from their visit.
The changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. So much tradition and pomp, so many people, but also, SUNSHINE!
The ten of us basically took all the seats in this little Fish & Chips place near Leicester Square.
Birthplace of William Shakespeare in Stratford Upon Avon.
The lovely Avon River.
We took a day trip to Stratford Upon Avon, which was so lovely. (Thanks Mike & Cindy for watching our crew.) We strolled around the quaint English town, visited the theatre, saw Shakespeare’s home and his grave and ate treats of course. (Ice cream, and a Cafe Nero Millionaire bar, my fave.)
Oh Eleanor! You’ve seen more of London than most Americans.
On a Sunday afternoon we took a walk through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. There were also so many other things! Borough Market, Southbank, Soho, Trafalgar Square, Picadilly Circus, National Portrait Gallery, Harrods, Abingdon sticky toffee pudding, Tower of London, Goddards, British Library, and many other things they did without me, including a trip across the channel over to Paris.
Having visitors at the end of our time in London was the perfect chance for us to make sure we did all our favorite things one last time.