London Calling

It seems like a long time ago now, but we wanted to put something up about our trip to London to obtain US Visas. We were under the impression form everything we had read that the children would need to be with us in person when we presented at the US Embassy, so we decided to make a short break of it. I’ve worked a lot in London these past few years and the children were always eager to hear about what it was like, so they were excited at the chance to see it for themselves.

Here are some of the highlights in pictures…

 

Waiting for the train at Durham station

Waiting for the train at Durham station (photo by Eve)

Eve on her way to Hogwarts via Platform 9¾, Kings Cross

Eve on her way to Hogwarts via Platform 9¾, Kings Cross

Heather, Olive and Hedwig

Heather, Olive and Hedwig

Waiting for the tube

Waiting for the tube

On the London Eye

On the London Eye with Rolos and Fruit Pastilles

 

Bin Ben from the London Eye

Big Ben from the London Eye

Heather and Charlotte on the London Eye

Heather and Charlotte on the London Eye

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Burdons meet Becks

Burdons meet Becks

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Ah yes, I remember that weather! The Marble Arch.

One of this highlights for all of us was a visit to the Natural History Museum. We knew the kids would enjoy this, but we hadn’t anticipated just how much. Joshua, in particular, was so excited, bouncing from one glass display to the next and shouting “Look! A dinosaur egg! Look! A sea sponge!”. We’ve noticed that Josh has a real interest in science and seems to retain scientific facts well and analyse things. We were thrilled to see all of the kids enjoying this educational experience so much, but especially Josh.

The Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum

The kids enthralled by some kind of prehistoric alligator. Who wouldn't be?!

The kids enthralled by some kind of prehistoric alligator. Who wouldn’t be?!

Jurassic Park logo

Jurassic Park logo

Watching the guards at Buckingham Palace

Watching the guards at Buckingham Palace

These tourists kept looking at the kids and trying to take sneaky photos. I made eye contact and they asked if they could take some photos with the kids. They kept saying "awww baby" and grabbing Charlotte's cheeks!

These tourists kept looking at the kids and trying to take sneaky photos. I made eye contact and they asked if they could take some photos with the kids. They kept saying “awww baby” and grabbing Charlotte’s cheeks!

Water feature in the park by Buckingham Palace

Water feature in the park by Buckingham Palace

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With the beefeater outside the Tower of London

With the beefeater outside the Tower of London

Thames boat tour

Thames boat tour

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Ice creams all round

Ice creams all round

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We were dreading the train journeys a little – 3 hours on a busy train with 5 little ones could have been disastrous. What’s more, for the train ride home, we had been booked into THE QUIET CARRIAGE!

We were really pleased though – the kids were amazing. They do seem to sense when they need to co-operate and we remembered back to our trip to Disneyland Paris a few years back where the kids, who were obviously quite a bit younger, following a flight, a train journey and a bus ride, walked a couple of miles through a Paris suburb, pulling their ‘trunkie’ suitcases, not complaining.

We explained that only whispers are allowed in the Quiet Carriage and to our astonishment, it worked! I’m pretty sure the Percy Pigs helped too…

 

Percy pigs on the train home

Percy pigs on the train home

Olive peers over the seats

Olive peers over the seats

Lucy peers through the seats

Lucy peers through the seats

As it happened, the children didn’t need to be there in person to obtain visas… after buying train tickets and accommodation for the whole family, waiting in line, then waiting some more, the US official who interviewed us opened with “You know you didn’t have to bring the children, right?”. Maybe we didn’t have to, but we were glad that we did anyway.

Quick family photo on our arrival back in Durham

Quick family photo on our arrival back in Durham

 

2 Comments on “London Calling

  1. You really crammed a lot in, made some wonderful memories along the way. X

    • Lovely to see you all so Happy The pictures are wonderful so are my beautiful family.
      Love you all.
      Gran Na U. Len xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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