Recently we have returned from a wonderful two week trip that took us to London, Rome, Florence and Venice. To say it was a wonderful escape from the day to day life of Northern Virginia is an understatement. This trip was something that had been planned for a long time but I won’t bore you with those details in this post. We like to escape as often as we can so I going to try my best to share some of the travels with you on a weekly or bi-weekly basis on this blog. I will call them Travel Tuesdays. They will highlight some of our recent trips as well as possibly some from the past.
Our recent trip to London was special because we were going to visit my sister who lives in London. She has lived there for quite some time and this is the first time we have made it across the pond to visit her. (Shame on us.) We should have done this sooner but, as most parents know, traveling with a young child can be a challenge and we wanted this to be a trip that she would remember. (Unlike the trip to Disneyworld we made when she was 7 months old. )
As a part of this trip I packed my old point and shoot camera and told her that any time she felt like taking a picture, to ask me for “her” camera. So the pictures from this post are London from her point of view. She shot what she wanted, when she wanted and I didn’t really help her at all. Some of these are my absolute favorite from this trip. So fun to see something from her perspective.
A mommy and me shot. Taken after arriving at Heathrow and after VERY little sleep for mommy. EEEK
Grammy and Pop Pop (with Auntie Ede and Daddy in the back) on the double Decker bus
The very busy streets of London taken from the front seat on top of the Double Decker Bus.
Another Tour bus.
Reflection of her London Shirt.
The gates of Buckingham Palace for the Changing of the Guard. It was so crazy crowded. She got the best shots sitting on top of Daddy’s shoulders.
Dude, Put that stupid tablet down. It isn’t a camera. (My friends all know my disdain for using these kinds of cameras)
This is one of Queen Elizabeth’s horses who quickly became our favorite. Why, you ask? Because her name is Sydney!
Just how close do those buses get to each other? Pretty darn close!
The Tower Bridge
One of my favorite pictures of the entire trip. Perfect composition! Good job!
Daddy getting in the shot.
Mommy’s feet at the gap in the middle of the Tower Bridge.
The Shard. The tallest building in Western Europe and we went to the top. I will feature that on later posts.
A random London Pidgeon.
Her feet. Because you need pictures of your feet on the cobblestone.
Pictures of tourists.
The Morris Dancers at the Tower of London. She loved these dancers and could have sat and watched them all day long.
I know there were lots of pictures in this post but I had a hard time narrowing it down. I think she did a great job.
Traveling together can be a challenge. I can see why so many people choose to wait until their children get older. It is expensive, stressful and exhausting. Just the emotional energy if keeping track of her at all times was very tiring. But we live in a big world and I feel it is my responsibility to show her as much of it as possible.
Getting out of our American bubble is good. In fact everyone should get out of our country every once in awhile. There are many lessons that could be learned from other countries. We are doing lots of things wrong here. (Being out of the country during our embarrassing government shutdown was interesting.). A little bigger world perspective would be good for everyone.
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