|Chasing the birds at London Fields next to our flat
Tuesday we wanted to visit some of the great parks around us. Unfortunately, London was much colder than we had anticipated -- even with several layers, watching the kids at the park was still pretty chilly! Still we managed to fit in a few and the kids had a super time.
|A little bit of one of the playgrounds at London Fields, the park next to our flat.
We stopped at one for a while on our way out for the day and another on our way back in the afternoon.
From the top of the London Eye, the kids spotted a log playground and when we made our way down, Landon knew just how to get there. This was one of the kids favorite places we visited.
|The kids favorite playground, made all of logs and rope
Then on to the London Eye!
|The London Eye! (View from a stop on Monday's bus tour)
|Jordan + Big Ben from the London Eye
|The Thames river from the London Eye + Landon & his new London sweatshirt
By Tuesday evening, Porter was correcting us when we'd tell him we were going home -- "You mean back to our flat?" About this point in the trip, Owen was also starting to ask, "Why do we keep doing adventures each day?"
Wednesday: Hampton Court Palace
Jordan and Ellie and I all had visiting a castle at the top of our list of things to do in London. Jordan and I realized as we were searching for where we'd like to visit that we were both picturing something that would have to wait for a visit to another European country someday (or enjoy in our imaginations) -- a beautiful countryside with rambling stone walls (and maybe some sheep) where we'd walk through for a while and then suddenly stumble along a beautiful castle...
But we still made it to a castle and Hampton Court Palace was very cool.
The kids all got to dress up as we arrived and were excited to tour the castle as princes, princesses, kings and wizards.
They had a great little show that they acted out, with us as members of the court, as they led us throughout the castle (a fun and much more interesting way to get a tour :) Landon was mesmerized by this and thrilled when he got to take part a bit near the end.
Ellie worked hard on completing the garden scavenger hunt type game -- and the gardens really were beautiful!
There was a really amazing playground that the kids loved. A sandbox surrounded by a giant dragon, tall towers and high narrow bridges, smaller palaces, and tons of green space to run and play... so fun!
More to come! :)