I’m Alive!

1 Apr
The houses of parliament and Big Ben from across the Thames as we ate dinner.

The houses of parliament and Big Ben from across the Thames as we ate dinner.

Atop the London Eye - a sort of Ferris Wheel - looking down on the Thames.

Atop the London Eye – a sort of Ferris Wheel – looking down on the Thames.

I may be alive but I am not entirely awake, alert or enthusiastic. That’s what a whirlwind 5 days in London will do to you.

But, while I may not be terribly alert yet, I am definitely basking in the remembered glory of our trip. We had a marvelous time. Spent five hours in the Tower of London, a couple hours in Westminster Abbey, several hours in the British Museum and the National Gallery, one hour in a pod of the London Eye, and countless hours on the underground.

But that’s not all! We attended an Evensong service at St. Paul’s Cathedral (amazing) and visited Paddington Station because Paddington Bear is a favorite in our family. We watched the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and ate at pubs and did a little shopping. We saw Wicked, survived crossing London Bridge, and I even got to relax and read a book for a little while in St. James’s Park with the pelicans.

The many birds of St. James's Park.

The many birds of St. James’s Park.

I will be writing about the whole trip for the newspaper so I will leave the main storytelling until then but I wanted to let you know I’m still around and that more will be forthcoming in a couple of weeks!

For now, a photo or two – albeit not fabulous ones – and an assurance that I am, indeed, alive.

PS – please read this entire post with a British accent. It will make things so much more interesting.

Tower Bridge.

Tower Bridge.

Fish and Chips - of course!  Along with mushy peas.  My husband had Chicken Masala.

Fish and Chips – of course! Along with mushy peas. My husband had Chicken Masala.

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21 Responses to “I’m Alive!”

  1. Minnesota Prairie Roots April 1, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

    Oh, Gretchen, I can sense your absolute enthusiasm for London in this short post. I love the photos which capture the romance and mood and history. That pic of you and Colin is absolutely precious sweet.

    I look forward to reading more about your adventure.

    • Gretchen O'Donnell April 1, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

      Thanks! I really like that photo too – I think that’s a good angle of me because you can’t see my double chin. Ha. :-)

  2. cravesadventure April 1, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

    Welcome Back!!! Sounds like you and your family had a Wonderful Trip – cannot wait to hear more about your adventures:) Happy Tuesday!

    • Gretchen O'Donnell April 1, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

      Thank you! It’s nice to be back. Oh, and it’s even a Tuesday! I hadn’t realized! :-)

  3. Top Of The Slush Pile April 1, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    Done! (although I am technically British so not a hard task…). Glad you enjoyed London – so nice to see all your pictures. I’m going back there in June and then on to France, so very excited! Welcome back to the blogasphere – hope you had a great break!

    • Gretchen O'Donnell April 1, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

      Oh, you lucky! My husband really wanted to go to France too but I convinced him that we wouldn’t have time to do all of London, let alone add in Paris, which we did three years ago. I hope you’ll blog about your journey!

      • Top Of The Slush Pile April 1, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

        Well now how could I not blog about Paris? I have to find the ultimate writer’s cafe there!

        • Gretchen O'Donnell April 1, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

          If you’re there long enough to do so, YES! You must! And we’ll all die of jealousy and live vicariously through your experience!

  4. Beth Ann April 1, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

    I am also reading with a cup of tea in my hand along with the British accent. It makes the experience so much more realistic. I have to admit I am a wee bit envious as my trip to England this year is on hold but trust me—I will live vicariously through your trip!!!

    • Gretchen O'Donnell April 1, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

      On hold? Bummer. I hope it will work out soon and in perfect timing. It is an amazing city. CROWDED…but still so great. I think I could live there. Seriously.

      • Beth Ann April 1, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

        Amazing. I can’t wait to hear more!

  5. Kristin Erlandson April 1, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    Well, the peas looked gross, but the plate was a beautiful blue!

    • Gretchen O'Donnell April 1, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

      Ha! Yes. I loved the plate, too. I’ve seen that pattern before and now I must get some. Even just a tea cup would be lovely! And the peas were surprisingly acceptable!

  6. Jackie April 1, 2014 at 5:18 pm #

    Welcome back, sounds like you had a fabulous time, cant wait to hear (and see) more :)

  7. valerieholmesauthor April 2, 2014 at 3:44 am #

    So glad you enjoyed your trip. I loved the idea of reading the post in a British accent :)

    • Gretchen O'Donnell April 2, 2014 at 7:04 am #

      Thanks! The funny thing is, you hear so many different accents in London that probably a person could pick any accent and be accurate for a Londoner!

  8. Gwen Stephens April 13, 2014 at 6:08 am #

    London is wonderful. I hope you’ll post a link to the article once it’s been published.

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