I woke up around 6:20 Thursday morning and got ready for the day and suitcases unpacked until I woke the kids up at 9. We only had a little over an hour to get ready because we were meeting Hyrum's sister-in-law for an orientation walk at 11. No one wanted to get dressed, eat breakfast or do anything I asked of them. We left the flat 15 minutes late and unfortunately without Hyrum since he had to wait for our delayed luggage to arrive.
I took the five children into the heart of London, by myself. A few weeks ago I would have been rather nervous about that prospect but I have felt a renewed of sense that I can do what I have to, so off we went. It's about a 25-minute ride into London plus about 10 minutes of walking to get to our destination. We made it and after saying Hi to Charity and sweet Moses, we all headed off on our introductory tour of London. We started off in the direction of Trafalgar Square. The kids enjoyed the Lions until a public-servant-of-some-sort shooed them all off--she must not have know it was the Lions on Trafalgar Square. We walked down Parliament Street past the Horse Guards Parade, Downing Street (street the Prime Minister lives on), past Westminster Abbey, saw Big Ben and turned to go down the Westminster Bridge. It was a pretty crowded but fun to see these places I've read about, seen pictures of and dreamed of. We walked along the south bank and took in the sites and sounds. There are a lot of commercial shows and thrills along the south bank but between the London Eye and the Golden Jubilee Bridge there were fewer crowds and the Jubilee gardens. We didn't go in the garden but it looked nice walking by. I liked the Golden Jubilee Bridge. It reminded me of rigging on a ships mast.
|Blue Bridge at St. James Park|
|Playground at St. James Park|
|Watching the waterfowl at St. James Park|