And here are some of the children’s favorite moments during this trip…
Feeding the squirrel in St. James Park, the ducks and pigeons in Bourton-on-the-Water (Cotswolds), and the guinea pig at our friends’ house.
Hiking in Dovedale
A fun afternoon out in the country. During the hike the kids got to climb rocks and fallen trees, explore caves, hop on the stepping stones and even wish on a Wishing
Well Tree Trunk.
While it was a bit strange to see police officers in full gear carrying machine guns walking around (we saw this in the airport and in ceremonial places), we did run into an older police officer outside the Parliaments with all smiles and was more than willing to post for pictures with us tourists. 😊
Riding the Double-Decker
Instead of doing a hop-on hop-off bus tour which would’ve been very pricey for our family of 4, we opted for taking a ride on one of London’s famous double-decker city buses. There are several different routes that take you right by tons of London’s famous sights and we decided to go with Bus #11 that started at Liverpool Street Station. We were the first and only ones on it when it departed from the station, so we got to take over the upper-deck seats right in front of the big picture window and settled in with our lunch takeaways purchased from the station food court. It was as if we were on an actual bus tour designed just for us. We got to relax for an hour or so while seeing all the amazing sights with an unobstructed view. The kids especially loved this lunching and riding on the bus experience.
Climbing to the Top of St. Paul’s Cathedral
528 steps to the uppermost part of St. Paul’s Cathedral? No problem! And in true kids fashion they of course had to run the entire way. So proud they were with the accomplishment and they also got a good kick out of the fact that mommy took SO LONG to finally arrive at the top.
The Lions at Trafalgar Square
The four enormous lion statues at Trafalgar Square is really quite an impressive sight. And while you are not supposed to climb ON top of the Lions, you could climb all around them (at least that’s what everyone else was doing so I hope it was permitted) which means some good fun for our 2 climbers.
Harry Potter was about the only thing they really knew about England prior to the trip. 😅 Needless to say the Harry Potter movie studio tour was one of their most anticipated destinations. The best part was when they finally got their own wands and the time-turners as previously promised souvenirs. Although I did not expect them subsequently posing with wands waving in ALL of the pictures the following day… 😂😂😂
Playing on Xbox
Much to my dismay, this was probably one of my son’s favorite moments. 😔 We do not have a gaming system at home (though they do have access to Hubby’s iPad) so it was like Christmas morning when they found out that our friends’ son has Xbox that they can play with.