After we got home from Majorca, we only had eight short days left in London. Brian was traveling a lot at the end, so it was mostly me and the girls using up every spare minute we had to see our undiscovered parts of the city and seeing again our very favorite spots. The weather cooperated for us all week long too- it was perfect. I asked each of the girls what they'd like to see before we moved and each one chose a museum- which was surprising, since they've each begged to never go to another museum over the last few months. ;) Day one- Taylor chose the Imperial War Museum. She's been reading a WWII historical fiction book series and became enamored with that time period, so she was dying to see some of the history up close and this was the perfect place to go. We had never been, and it was even in a part of London that we weren't familiar with yet, so that was also fun to see. The museum itself was really interesting and so well done- we could have spent all day there. On our way home, we stopped at a fun local playground and let the kids run wild for a little bit.
This picture is from our last night in London, at Whitehall. It makes me a little teary even looking at it- the culmination of so many good memories in our favorite place. I miss it so much.
This was the block that we lived on. It was perfect for us- close to school, on the high street, so getting to the store was fast and easy, we even had a snack store right on our corner, which we frequented a lot for our sugar fixes. ;) Across the street was a gorgeous park and playground as well as our most-used double-decker bus stops- the 274, 13, and 82. (more scenes from our little corner of London below) Ah, I love this place so much.
After 3 days of our packers taking over our house, we were all set and ready to go. Here we are on the curb with all of our bags, headed to St. Ermin's Hotel for our very last night in this city. Even though we are smiling, we were all pretty dang sad on the inside.
I love the entrance to our building- so beautiful. Kate had a chance for one last playdate with her good friend, Katy, who also happens to be from Dallas and actually used to live in our exact same flat (how's that for coincidence?!). Most of the kids from ASL leave for the entire summer, so we were pretty happy when Katy made it back before we had to leave.
Our flat...all empty :(
There are so many things I love and miss about London- these streets and their architecture are number one. I just can't ever get over how beautiful the buildings and gardens are.
We had a chance to say goodbye to some dear friends before we left. This is Charlotte, my good friend and visiting teaching partner. Our girls got along really well and had a lot of fun playdates. It was so fun to get to know so many amazing people while we lived in London. I wish I could've gotten a picture of everyone!
One last playdate in Regent's Park.
Its hard to explain the impact living in London has had on our family. Life-changing. We have each left a HUGE chunk of our hearts in this city that was our home and will always feel like home if we ever get to visit again. We are so grateful for the experiences we had and the fantastic people we met. I'm not sure I'll ever get over you, London, but I sure am grateful for what you've given us. Until we meet again...