This after walking all the stairs in the to the second platform at the Eiffel tower and in between countless stairs up and down in every metro/subway/tube we came across and up and down rough-hewn castle steps and huge flights of steps in museums and up and down mountains and behind waterfalls in Iceland (our next stop).
No big deal, right?
Claire took the little tour quite seriously.
Grace, not so much 🙂
It was gorgeous despite the rain.
Next morning we headed out and were lulled into this awesome antique market at COVENT GARDEN :
These girls and I emerged with antique rings as souvenirs which we were all pleased as punch about.
Lucy was pretty excited about it too as you can see…
We took one of the only fifteen older model double decker busses left to get to St. Paul’s Cathedral.
…and saw this along the way, which I had to take a picture of:
ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL
We sat there in awe of that gorgeous place for a little bit…
…then headed up to the “Whisper Gallery” where some of us were lucky to figure out how to make that thing work.
Then up a little more to the first look-out:
Then up to the Golden Gallery on all these crazy steps.
a little peek into what was clear down below us:
Can you see those teeny-tiny chairs down there?
Then we got to the top.
Lots more about St. Paul’s Cathedral over HERE…it’s one of my favorite spots in London.
…and sent Dave to TATE MODERN with the girls.
They loved this spot.
…and I’m so glad they took some pictures for me.
I love that thing. Such gorgeous views through the London drizzle.
We headed to CAMDEN TOWN next.
…where we picked up some great dinner…
…and nestled curled up together in the only dry spot we could find to eat it up.
Then we took a beautiful walk…
…up to PRIMROSE HILL which had a beautiful view of the city.
Loved getting to know these people so much. What an impact they have had on our family. Love you, Crofts!
Then it was on to our LAST MORNING in London.
We headed here:
…for a tour of the HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT with the nicest blog reader who works there who reached out to Charity to offer to show us around. We love you Marguerite!!
We learned SO much about the history of London government and how it all works in this beautiful spot. Such a great little gift for our family.
…and I mean, POURING.
We walked through it past TRAFALGAR SQUARE…
…to the NATIONAL GALLERY.
…where we met up with Charity and immersed ourselves in the art for a bit.
This was my favorite painting of the day:
It’s called The Adoration of the Shepherds.
Check out those beautiful expressions of awe and wonder.
Some more favorites:
I had a print of that one (above) in my bedroom growing up so I have an extra attachment.
The National Gallery is where we met up with our friends the Linfords who we adore who we hadn’t seen for a couple years.
Portions of the Parthenon:
…and the Ancient Egyptian section.
…complete with mummies.
While they ended up in a taxi to get to WESTMINSTER ABBEY to be there for the Evensong service (which was beautiful I must say).
We bid goodbye to our friends, then also to dear Charity who had taken such great care of us, and headed to the airport for the last segment of this adventure.
More on that before too long (I hope!)
And if you made it this far, congrats for making it through that mass of pictures! I just like those memories too much to skip them!