Thrilled to Have Gone to London

Old Nov 29th, 2001, 07:51 PM
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Stephanie, this is so enjoyable, keep telling more! If I can't actually be there,at least I can read about it..the first time we were in London, our cabbie regaled us with stories about his little girls loving the Spice Girls~
 
Old Nov 29th, 2001, 07:57 PM
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Stephanie: In a way, you create your own welcome. Cycling around London, I stop at times for people peering into maps, and it's those people who are having a whale of a time, like your son and you, who get most attention from me.

Pearce: What you've heard about children in pubs is quite right. All the pubs in my notes on pub meals in London welcome children to their lunch and supper areas, though not to bar meals.

I've a note on file for London for children rather younger than your friend, but am taking the liberty of copying it to you by e-mail in case parts interest her. By that age she'll be forming tastes and interests: if you'd like to tell me of any I'll see what London can offer in that field.

Welcome

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Old Nov 30th, 2001, 07:36 AM
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Stephanie: I am enjoying your report of London so much. We were there this past June and my son and I almost talk daily about wanting to go back. As we put the Christmas ornaments that I bought in London on the tree last night, it brought back all the great memories.
 
Old Nov 30th, 2001, 07:51 AM
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I am wishing I could take my whole family to London on our next trip...grandboy too! We could show them our favorite spots and discover new ones together..you have made it all fresh and new again, for all of us travelers who may have gotten a litte blase about our trips..Happy Holidays to you and your son.
 
Old Nov 30th, 2001, 08:09 AM
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Stephanie

A delight to see your report. I had been wondering how your trip went. I remember your inquiries. It was great to relive it again.

Sylvia
 
Old Dec 1st, 2001, 04:05 PM
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Do you remember the name of the place in Kew that you had tea? Did you go to Kew Gardens also?
So glad you had fun..when are you coming back?
 
Old Dec 2nd, 2001, 03:48 AM
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Stephanie

A pleasure to read your report, you write wonderfully, the excitement really comes through.

So glad you enjoyed London...

Kavey (in London)
 
Old Dec 2nd, 2001, 06:29 PM
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Okay, back on line again, thank you all for your responses! So, we have taken our visit to London very seriously - enjoying it so much, the people, even the smells and sounds....We took another long walk - ended back at Trafalgar Square because my son HAD to feed more pigeons. Come to find out (after the fact) they do not approve of pigeon feeding at Trafalgar Square! Well I must look like a professional photographer or just easy to approach because I was taking pictures left and right of couples and families - Meanwhile, my son being the only one in a pack of tourists to have biscuits to feed the pigeons - well, needless to say he must be a part of a lot of family vacation photos that day.

Grabbed another cab and went to the London Dungeons for my son - something he would enjoy! It was very gruesome with Dungeon workers in costume who were very lively and with a really positive and upbeat attitude discussed the instruments of torture - okay I am feeling a little lightheaded - it was stuffy, stale and then the stories! AHHHHHHH!!!!!! So, I was relieved to get out of there when we did - fresh crisp cold air to bring us back to normal! Then I looked around, not the best area of London - looked a bit seedy - looked around some more - no cabs!! Warnings of Pick Pockets everywhere - now I am very nervous.....but I grabbed kiddo and started moving - and was so relieved - there we were all along right there at the Underground station with cabs.....

Next trip - off to the Tower of London - not gruesome - sad about certain beheadings and assassinations, interested in the history as I have read so many books where the queen and her children were locked away in the Tower.....or the many traitors, etc.....so I was really interested in everything about it. We got our picture taken with a large stuffed teddy bear dressed as a Beefeater - then took off to find a real one! Not settling for anything but the real thing. Found ‘em surrounded by American Tourists - - when it was our turn they started (Beefeaters) to tease my pale, blonde son because he was trying to convince them he was from Florida....this was a common statement, when he says he is from Florida, they state "we thought Florida was sunny, you are too pale....." I loved the walk through the White Tower because it had so many pieces of armor, weapons, portraits, etc. - and my son and I loved the story about the Welsh prisoner of great girth who tried to escape, but because of his size he broke his rope and plummeted to his death - hitting his head straight into his body making him bizarre looking when they found him - yuch, but still interesting! We ended the tour through the Tower with a walk around the high wall where we saw the Tower Bridge in the Sunset all lit up just like a bridge out of a fairytale - very pretty!!! A MUST SEE!!!!!

I had plans to eat at Pizza Express that evening, it was right around the corner from where we were, right near the Wagamamas - but we were so exhausted we ended up eating in our room and watching British television - okay what a hoot!!!! My son and I were in hysterics - when we saw a new talk show (spelling?) called Sanjeev (Indian talk show) - it was just too funny....and we saw Rex the Runt and loved that too..... Zach (my son) and I still repeat funny lines to each other from some of the shows we watched that night - wish we got to see them here! (To be continued)
 
Old Dec 3rd, 2001, 04:44 AM
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Stephanie,
It's an absolute delight to read your trip report -- thank you so much! It reminds me of my times in London, and your enthusiasm just puts a big smile on my face!
 
Old Dec 3rd, 2001, 06:16 AM
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Stephanie. Glad that you enjoyed our city. Come back soon.
 
Old Dec 3rd, 2001, 06:34 AM
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What a nice report. I always think you get what you expect. You expected to find a fascinating city and friendly people and you found them You are a good ambassador for your country.
 
Old Dec 3rd, 2001, 05:53 PM
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I will end my report with these last posts - and I have to say I look forward to a warmer weather trip in England, so I can see more flowers and greenery and enjoy longer days. I envy those with employment opportunities that move to London - if I had that offer I would be gone the next day!

We spent our last day with a friend, a journalist in London, that we were able to meet with - I had not seen her in over 20 years! We all bundled up and headed for Camden Market. It was on a
Friday so there were not too many crowds. We went from stall to stall and little shops, all full of very interesting and sometimes very strange/unique items! In one store I was tempted to get my hair woven into Fuschia dreadlocks and buy a silver outfit that looked like something Judy Jetson would wear! My son loved this area - he saw girls in their outlandish clothes with fun colored and spiked hair - or some with hardly any hair and hardly any clothes! We did a little souvenir shopping for friends in USA. My son wanted fish and chips, so we asked a shop owner along the way and a woman overheard our question and walked us to the best little fish & chips place - it was hidden on a small side street and I could kick myself for not jotting down the name - but it is
one of VERY few in that area....in a red front, lots of windows. The people in the restaurant were terrific, that is the people who worked there along with other diners (locals)! They took
pictures of us being silly and pigging out on our HUGE orders of fish! I think we sat there for a good 90 minutes! I am thankful to such a lady who would walk us “strange” people to this fantastic little place! It was very cold when we got outside and the rush hour was beginning and we had a play to catch! Good byes to friend after a frantic search for an available taxi....and off to Mamma Mia!

 
Old Dec 3rd, 2001, 05:56 PM
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Mamma Mia was really fun and silly.... and my son, who loves when I play my Abba cd in the car, definitely enjoyed it! We were surrounded by an older crowd, a lot of Germans, and they
were just as funny as the show - their enthusiasm made you really get into wanting to sing along or tap your feet, etc. At the end of the show, everyone let loose and danced and sang and clapped to the music and songs, I think that was my favorite part! It was not a play for the serious!! Just perfect for not so serious people, like my son and I. After the play we took pictures of a pub - I believe it was called the Three Greyhounds - Greyhounds, of course - and then walked back to our hotel. We ate at the Malabar Junction again and had an even better time there than the first!

Went back to the hotel, slept, and got up to head sadly home...............our driver up and early waiting for us - we chatted through the hour long - maybe 45 minute drive to Gatwick.....

Great Russell Street was where we stayed - a 4 star hotel - very business oriented, not a touristy hotel by any means, but they treated us like a Queen and Prince - I did not run into one single unhelpful or unpleasant or dissatisfied employee - they all acted like they were happy to see me and my son, and they went even to the extra length of making us at home by getting Zach a Black Cab and Double Decker Bus toy for his birthday and arranging for the tickets to Mamma Mia. From the day I made the reservations till the day we left, I was satisfied with my choice of hotels. It was small, in a red brick building that I was told was once a place where they had Union meetings. It was within walking distance of so much - just perfect for us - and we were on a floor that was extra quiet and pleasant - never really running into any one in the halls....everyone
was working or at meetings. I would definitely stay there again! Their smiling faces and warmth was what began a terrific vacation.
 
Old Dec 3rd, 2001, 07:34 PM
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Just great!! Please,take another trip soon, so we can read about it! Your reports have a great way of bringing the reader along with you...London sounds quite fun!Where do you think you would like to go next, besides back to London?M
 
Old Dec 4th, 2001, 05:41 AM
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Stephanie, What is the name of the hotel you stayed at?

Thanks for a great report!

linda
 
Old Dec 4th, 2001, 05:50 AM
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I live in London and have just seen it through your eyes. Suddenly I'm much happier to be here..! Thanks!
 
Old Dec 4th, 2001, 06:05 AM
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Stephanie,how did you get the tickets for Mama Mia? and how far in advance? Thank you.M
 
Old Dec 4th, 2001, 04:25 PM
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The hotel arranged for the purchase of our tickets to see Mamma Mia...I called them 3 weeks before we arrived, and they had the tickets waiting for us when we checked in...it was wonderfully simple. The hotel was called the Gt. Russell Street Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN, UK.
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7347 1000 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7347 1001. The hotel was not inexpensive, but worth every dime spent.

If it is possible, and all falls in place again, I would love to plan to be in London in late May - early June.
 
Old Dec 27th, 2001, 01:09 PM
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TOPPING for Stephanie~
 
Old Dec 29th, 2001, 10:30 AM
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Hi all,

I just wanted you all to know that I was taken on a trip to Europe when I was 10 (I'm 35 now), and I still remember some of the amazing things we did and wonderful places we saw. If you're wondering whether your child would appreciate the trip, just do it! It could give him/her a perspective on the world that will stay with them their entire life.
 

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