Long-haul flights are always a challenge but Lucy and Sarah were (mostly) excellent on our 24-hour journey. Kate was pretty well-behaved too. Virgin Atlantic offered a completely acceptable service. We walked straight through a deserted customs and the cab met us at the airport and we arrived at Tim and Bailey’s place in North London in record time. Made me feel like reading some more Will Self as I wandered the streets around Hornsey, Turnpike Lane and Crouch End.

It was wonderful to stay with friends and for the girls, having other kids to play with was excellent. Sonny and Eden were charming hosts. We had a lovely Sunday stroll around the lush grounds of Alexandra Palace or ‘Ally Pally’ to the locals. The weather was glorious and very much the beginning of a unusually fine spell of sun and blue sky in the metropolis I remember so fondly from living here in the mid-90s.

We walked 10-14 kilometres each day visiting Tower of London, London Bridge, Southbank, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, Hampton Court Palace, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, Greenwich, the Globe Theatre and the British Museum. The kids were great and ‘our training’ around Kiama has prepared everyone nicely. One afternoon, as we walked to the Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens Lucy, all aflame at our experiences, said she wanted ‘to live in London’.

I do too!

I also wrote a post about ‘Learning in London’ at my blog with a few reflections about our wanderings from an educational perspective.


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