Monday, July 12, 2010

A Picture Perfect London Weekend

While Scott's friends were in the country, we all went into London for a long weekend before they departed. The time in London was one of the most picture perfect weekends we have experienced yet! The weather, the sights, and the company all added up to a great time.
En route to London, Andy, Chad and Scott decided to take a detour and visit Stonehenge. In true tourist form, they rented the audio guides and all! Meanwhile, Chris & I took the train into the city and enjoyed a few extra hours in London.
On the list of things to see - Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guards.
For dinner, we dined at the MOST FABULOUS restaurant in the Kensington neighborhood, Ffiona's. Chris' parents lived in London as expats for a few years and frequented this restaurant where they got to know the owner, Ffiona. She was there the evening we dined at her lovely establishment and could not have been more welcoming and amusing. She remembered Chris' parents right away and sat down with us throughout the meal to chat and check on us. We will most definitely be returning to this restaurant on a future visit to London - it was excellent!

The next day was another one filled with sightseeing and more dining. While the boys headed off to cruise the Thames, I decided to spend my morning at Portobello Market in Notting Hill. I love antique shopping there and I think Scott appreciated not having to accompany me this time!
Chad, Andy and Chris cruising the Thames.
London Bridge as seen from the Thames.
A stop for lunch at Borough Market. Chris enjoying a local sausage.
Paella was also sampled while at the Borough Market.
That evening, we had dinner a one of Gordon Ramsey's restaurants. Compared to Ffiona's, it was just OK. After dinner, we headed to a local pub and had met our friends BJ & Beth for the evening so I had another female friend for the night! It was a great end to a great weekend in London.

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