“I’m really in London!”

March 14, 2010 — 5 Comments

Our daughter Stephanie loves British movies, British novels, British accents and has always desired to visit England.  So, when we realized our trip to the UK would be on the date of her 30th birthday, we decided our gift to her would be to join us in England for a week.

We arrived a week before her, and she joined us in time for the European Leaders Conference being held in Oxford.  After the conference we traveled to Basingstoke, where we all stayed with John & Marilyn, a lovely older couple, whose love story melted our hearts!  We dined at our friends Dave & Chris’s home each night, and went sight-seeing during the day.

Places we saw included Winchester Cathedral, Christ’s Church in Oxford, the home of Jane Austen where she resided in the latter part of her life, and the city of London with its ornate architecture and enduring political history.  Upon our arrival in London, we stood under the London Eye, and as we looked across at Big Ben, I heard Stephanie say, “I’m really in London.”

Here are a few pictures of our group enjoying the sights.  It was a pretty cold day, but we remained undaunted!

Hannah Couzens, Stephanie, Dave Richards, me and Chris Richards inside Winchester Cathedral

Pat Forbes, my hubby, Don & Dave Richards -- with Big Ben in the background!

Kristen Forbes & Stephanie. Notice the horse's interest in Steph -- he's looking for food.

In front of Buckingham Palace!

The windows in this structure are actually apartments where people live.

The London Eye! That thing is HUGE! You can see all over London from inside it and it takes an hour to go completely around. Since we were packing a lot into our day we didn't take the time to ride it.

As you can see — we really were in London!

5 responses to “I’m really in London!”

  1. YAY! So happy for Steph! Maybe also a wee bit jealous, but mostly just happy!

  2. Oh WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am so happy for you! Thanks for the pictures and thank you for stopping by my blog.

    Much love to you!

    In Him,
    Tammy Nischan

  3. Wahooooo! This was a great gift, and I personally thought Stephanie looked royal in front of the palace. I’m surprised they didn’t invite her in for tea.

  4. Kathy, if you look very closely at the flag on top of Buckingham Palace, you’ll see it was flying — which means she was in residence that day! We thought sure she would have us all in for tea 🙂

  5. Well, I just have to say that I think you and Don so totally rock for giving Steph a trip to London for her birthday!

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