Every time we go home and come back again, we fly around the world.  Twelve time zones in one direction, 13 in the other (if we over lap the end of Daylight Savings, as we did this time).  It’s taken over four years to wizen up – why not stop along the way?  For our maiden stoppage, we chose somewhere just 2 flights and 7 time zones from Penang, with a direct flight back to our US destination.  See how we did that?  No extra planes!  Pretty fancy!

What was the stop?  London!  We had 3 days, here is a little tour of our visit through Tim’s lens (for the most part):

Day One: We checked in to our place at Victoria and headed out immediately via double decker bus to the South Bank.  Gorgeous Indian Summer Saturday, we strolled with the masses, played with the street artists, drank at a pub, ate at Borough Market, and soaked it up.

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Day Two: More public transport!  A boat this time, all the way to Greenwich.  It was a blustery day, and we truly enjoyed our time aboard the Cutty Sark, coffee and scones at the Red Door, a spin through the market and Sunday Roast (and more good beer) at the Greenwich Meantime Brewery.  In the warm afternoon, we thoroughly enjoyed the park and Royal Observatory.

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Day Three: A morning at Hyde Park where Tim took a chilly dip (57*F Serpentine Lake!), followed by a tour at the Tower of London, where 880.000 ceramic red poppies (and about as many tourists) were out for the centennial of Armistice Day.  We were getting a bit tired after a museum stop at the National Gallery, but a trip for sourdough pizza and (more!) IPA had everyone in good spirits.  Our days ended at 7pm.  Jetlag and lots of walking/sightseeing!

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Final Morning: Tim did his marathon-training run through a downpour (finally London weather!) while the kids and I packed and leisurely ate breakfast at the hotel. Then weather turned AGAIN for the gorgeous and we headed out for a quick hour at the Natural History Museum.  We all loved it!  We then grabbed our bags, ticked my must-do with a stop for provisions at Ottolenghi, and were off to the airport to pick up transport for our next leg of our UK journey! (warning, these are my snaps, not Tim’s)

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The Result: We LOVED London!  It was the kids’ and my first time, and Tim hadn’t been for years.  What a fabulous city, especially when you pretend pounds are ringgits (1:5 conversion), and just get on with it!

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