Last Leg

Seems very normal to be sitting at an airport, waiting for our flight. But it’s the last flight of the summer and we are not off to a new location, but going home.
Such a nice phrase, going home. We are almost tearful.

Meredith was a star and dropped us at Clapham.
Easy train to Gatwick, though it was a few minutes late.
We are all checked in, bags checked for the first time all summer. (Baggage carousel broke, fo4 a minute I was afraid it was all my shopping!)
Now I feel light as air with only one small carryon.
We’ve picked up water and snacks for the plane. (11 hours is long flight.)
We have coffee and a sandwich.

The only thing left is to wait for our gate to be assigned.

Then – HOME.

Last Day

Our week in London with friends is coming to an end. One last birthday party and then tomorrow we go home. Some sadness, but mostly, happy to have survived the summer with no major accidents, incidents or disasters.

Jacob is still speaking to me, though we have agreed it might be quite nice to not see or speak to speak to each other for a whole day when we get back.

It will be nice to be home. No traveling. Time to sort photos and write down the details of the story of our crazy gypsy summer so we don’t forget it in the distraction of picking up everyday life.

At some point I must pack, as my one small backpack has now morphed into two large bags with all the bits we shipped back to London. Plus, a little shopping in London.

Off to Covent Garden for a bit and then back to set up the party.

Farewell London

Our ten day whirlwind tour is over and we had such an amazing time. Loved seeing my friend and her boys and friends.
To catch up, here is m favorite picture from each day.
Day 1 Arrival in Putney

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Lego madness at Harrod’s

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Waterloo Bridge in the rain

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Parliament Square in a VERY smelly phone box

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Taking the ferry bus from Putney to Shakespeare Globe theater to see Taming of the Shrew

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To Greenwich to see the Curry Sark and

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Meridian line at the Royal Observatory

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Trying on Churchill’s hat at the War Rooms

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Hiring a convertible Fiat 500C to tour

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Stonehenge

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Touring the Tower of London and Tower Bridge

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St Paul’s end of year fete with David Cameron et la

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Driving across Salisbury Plain to Bath

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Tank Crossings

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Final Tube ride to Liverpool Street as we head to Edinburgh

Taming of the Shrew

Jacob confessed later that he really had not expected to enjoy the play – he was going because I wanted to go.

As he was giggling and shouting with laughter about dive minutes in, I am glad he was so accommodating and so was he!

Last picture before the start

We got to see a bit of London at night from Millennium Bridge

From Jacob’s super telephoto lens!

Poets

Today we toured Westminster Abbey and saw Shakespeare’s monument (he is buried in Stratford) and finished our evening at the Globe with Taming of the Shrew. I loved it and Jacob surprised himself by loving it as well. He was very surprised to learn how bawdy the Bard was! He laughed and laughed. Ended the evening with a moonrise walk across the Millennium Bridge to St Paul’s and night buses and slow (and confusing) trains back to Putney. Snagged the last pizza as the pizza place was closing and ate half of it on the way home.
Awesome evening. (And Jacob walked over 30,000 steps today! I got 28k)