Saturday, 12 July 2014

A little trip out.

Last Sunday, we had a little surprise trip to London, as I had some relatives visiting from India who wanted to go on the Eye. We piled into the car, not-so-little-anymore cousin in the back, Iggy Azalea album to keep us happy all the way there, and we were off. I may have demanded several service station stops, claiming a need for sushi or the bathroom, so that I could search for Chubby Stick-bearing Glamour mags at the WH Smiths, but we eventually made it to the Southbank. 

It is easy to forget, when you pop by often, how iconic and beautiful London is, and seeing through the eyes of someone who has never been to England was a reminder of how lucky we are to have such a gorgeous city. Growing up, I wanted nothing more than to live in London, and I never did get round to it, which strikes me as a shame sometimes. I hadn't been on the Eye myself, so it was nice to have an excuse to give it a go. It didn't blow me away exactly, but it was certainly a fabulous view and made me realise how many iconic landmarks are so very close together in London. I was worried that I'd find the sealed pod full of strangers thing a bit overwhelming, but either the size and open feel of the pods made it seem less claustrophobic or I really am getting better in situation like that. 

After the Eye, we broke off from the group and walked along the River. There was some kind of event going on at the Southbank Centre, a Festival of Love, which meant lots of neon prettiness to look at as we enjoyed our stroll and picked up a treat from the Snog bus. It made us realise how hungry we were, so we wandered along to Covent Garden to treat the younger cousins to their first ever Shake Shack burger. Needless to say, they loved it. Any excuse. 

If it hadn't been a Sunday, I would have popped to Leicester Square to see if there were any nice theatre tickets available from tkts, but as it was, we needed to get home. Besides, the cat had been for an operation on the Friday, so we didn't like to leave her too long. So back into the cars we piled, to stop at the service stations we missed on the way down...

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