Thursday, 14 September 2017

Moose's Enjoy A Trip To London

 Now, this trip for us as A Family did happen quite a while ago. I know. So, really it probably isn't that great a read for you but I do write this blog for my Children too. I see this blog as a 'Diary' if you like. A log of everything we get up to. That way when my Moose's are older they can look back and check out everything that we got up to. Feel free to click away but it would be nice if you hung around and read on. After all we survived LONDON with a newborn, a 1 year old and a 4 year old!

 This trip was total spontaneity. Total. We had talked about it, we wanted to go desperately but we just hadn't got round to booking it. We contemplated finances, time and commitments for too long. Eventually Pappa-Moose just booked. Seriously, just like that - BOOKED. We have to work a bit like that sometimes. We are both just so indecisive.  Now, this trip was quite a while ago and I can't really remember all of the fine details. We stopped in a budget 'apartment' type hotel and it was quite a distance from the Centre of the City. Oh man, I wish I could remember the name. We had a double bedroom, A small bathroom with shower, A small kitchen, A small living area that doubled up as the second bedroom and a little space to hang coats, pushchair etc. It was small but it totally did the job and we were happy.
Unexpectedly we spent quite a bit of time in the apartment upon our arrival. That wasn't the plan. Not at all. We wanted to get off the train and head straight to the Centre and get busy enjoying ourselves but our little girl had suffered terrible travel sickness on the train and needed a bath, change of clothes and shoes as did we as we were those in the firing line. :-( This travel sickness episode was shocking. Truly. She was so sick EVERYWHERE. People were leaving our carriage and dragging loved ones along with them. It was proper exorcist stuff. Poor baby.
Determined not to let this ruin our 1st day, we headed to the Hotel, got cleaned up, had a snack and hung out in the area we were staying in.

We gave trains and tubes a miss for the rest of the 1st day and just busied ourselves with the Markets at the area we were stopping in. It was actually a really good day. You know, just pottering. The kids were tired. We just took it in our stride and had a lovely day. Of the evening we decided to give popular places a miss for dinner and headed to somewhere a little more unknown. Still very popular but not necessarily well known to tourists. We went to a Tapas restaurant and indulged in a huge Family sized Paella. It was delicious. The kids loved it. It was such a great meal and A really wonderful evening. In fact, looking back now I really loved that evening. There was just us, just our Family enjoying each other, enjoying our food and enjoying exactly that moment. It was great and yummy and great and yummy and great and yummy!

We had a fairly late night. The kids went to bed fine. We had no choice but to join them as we were sharing a room with our youngest and the living area had now become the eldest two's bedroom.
We slept well and had a busy Sunday planned. We were off to see friends in Barnes Village and needed to make the fairly long and tricky trip there. Not only did we have quite journey ahead of us, we had to take all of our stuff too. With all that in mind we knew we had to make the trip fun for all of us. So, we caught the Thames Tripper boat to the train station. We were wary of doing this after the whole travel sickness episode the day prior but we paid a Pharmacy a visit and grabbed her a couple of sickness bands. These are great. We now swear by them. SWEAR by them.
Luckily for us no sick was shed on the boat across the Thames. The kids loved this journey. If you get a chance you should totally give this a go. It is a great way to see London. Really fun.

We had a great Sunday and made it to our destination to see friends safely. It was so nice to see our friends and spend a little time with them. We totally filled our face with Sunday dinner and enjoyed a handful of vegan cup cakes. It's always wonderful to catch up with those you don't see very often isn't it? Lunch was lovely and Barnes Village is somewhere really special. I love it there. It's just so beautiful. You don't feel like you are in London at all.
Our little trip to London was a very memorable trip. Looking back at the photographs from the break away has got me feeling all squishy. They may be very poor quality photos but they remind me of just how much fun we had as a Family. We enjoyed being a 5. A good solid 5. We enjoyed spending time with one another and exploring the City as the Moose's. At the time it seems such a small thing and you just do it but looking back and talking about this with the kids, to them it was a really big thing. Something they haven't forgotten. Something they think of fondly and remember in great detail. I am thankful for this trip. I love that we did it and so do our kids.

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