a weekend in: LONDON

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Our last visit to the English capital past weekend was most certainly the funniest and craziest one of all the five times I´ve been there! It is 18 years since I´ve visited London for the first time and I remember how amazed I was back then by the size of the city, how cold it was standing in the long queues in front of some museums, how I loved salty butter toast for breakfast, how much we walked (mom, dad, didn´t you know about the tube or were we saving money? :)), how I got my very first CD (which was Nevermind from Nirvana btw!) and how my mom bought me two pairs of expensive cord trousers on Oxford street. At that time I could probably spend 3 full days just gazing at all the shop windows, imagining what all I would have bought, if only I had the money to. Today, I have the money to buy much more than two pairs of trousers, but somehow I seem to be more interested in pubs and restaurants than shops and museums ;).

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MY SECOND TIME IN LONDON was a very special visit, because we were on a “LADIES WEEKEND” with my mom, my aunt and my grandma! That was fun, we did the usual “stuff for tourists” – and, we walked less, because of the grandma. We made a trip to WINDSOR which was very nice, but even though it was summertime, we went a bit unlucky with the weather. After that there were many years where I personally had no interest of visiting London again, because I had the feeling I´ve seen it already anyway, so I rather went somewhere else. Just until my good friends decided to move there and flying to London suddenly became inviting again. I´ve spent A WEEKEND IN 2014, we spend 5 DAYS FOR NEW YEAR´S 2015 last year and NOW A WEEKEND. In all of those three visits I didn´t buy anything on Oxford street, but have visited places I most certainly would not have, would I just be there on my own.

Also, despite being a big defender of the whole idea to travel with children, London is probably one of those cities where you are better off alone. Or, let´s say, it´s a perfect city to go for a “PARENTS GETAWAY WEEKEND”!

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I just noticed, Indian is missing on the photo, but other than that, that´s pretty much a good presentation of what you can have. Maybe you can skip the hotel breakfast (especially if it´s not included in the price) and reserve a table for a three course BRUNCH (with bubbles, I would say!). Then some walking and sightseeing to get the food processed, a beer of two in between at a PUB (maybe you can get a different one every time you order and get a small snack with that) – alternatively you can go for a cup of tea at “FIVE O´CLOCK TEA TIME”. Dinner in either INDIAN, CHINESE, or any other EXOTIC (Hawaiian, Ethiopian, Lebanese – the choice is endless). After dinner maybe a bottle of wine with antipasti and a cocktail afterwards. The next day you might want to skip breakfast or eat some typical English BEANS-BACON-SAUSAGE at your hotel. In case it´s Sunday, you can go for SUNDAY ROAST, or try our some other interesting restaurants serving special meats, fish, or vegan. There are sooo many special ones, it´s difficult to choose, just please don´t eat the same old fast food you can get at home, (unless it´s 4AM, you are starving and it´s your only choice) – it would be a crime!

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Everything is nicer at CHRISTMAS TIME, isn´t it? Even though, I´m not celebrating it actually, I do like all the lights and decorations. And last year´s Sylvester fireworks over the city were also not bad!

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1st. OF JANUARY 2015 looked somehow like this!

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Sometimes we visit cities with a clear plan in our heads – what we want to see, what we want to visit and discover, and sometimes, we just decide spontaneously and see what there is once we get there – either way, in London, as anywhere else, you will pass some (if not all) tourist attractions, MUSEUMS, famous PARKS, GALLERIES and MONUMENTS. Here, a MUST SEE would include: the Buckingham Palace, Hyde park, Tower Bridge, London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben & Parliament, the British Museum, Oxford Street shops, St. Paul´s Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, the London Dungeon, Tate gallery, the Tower of London and all the markets and interesting districts.

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The MODERN PART of London looks impressive and one should definitely at least take a quick walk around!

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The nicest thing about having more time in a city is just walking the streets you would not walk if you only had two days. For example, there are beautiful walkways alongside river channels and on a sunny day it´s a great way to get around!

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Okay, so I mentioned I´m not so keen on shopping on Oxford street anymore – a good alternative is going to one of the markets. There will still be lots of people, but it´s bearable. There are many MARKETS, the most known are CAMDEN, BOROUGH, BRICK LANE, COVENT GARDEN, PORTOBELLO ROAD, MALTBY STREET MARKET and GREENWICH MARKET.

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NOTTING HILL – you just have to love these colourful houses!

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We look like the BEATLES right? Actually I have no clue who the persons behind us are, but because of them we are 4, which makes it more similar to the original! ABBEY ROAD!

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If you already had enough of the typicall English things, you can always head to CHINATOWN for a different experience and amazing food!

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Either you spend two days just visiting museums, or just shopping, or just walking around and spending time in pubs and restaurants – London will not disappoint you! Out of all of my visits so far, I learned a few things – first: the weather over there is not even that bad as we think (actually it´s better than in Germany where we live, so…), second: the food choice is amazing, third: there are so many sorts of beer you can never possibly taste them all, and the last: as one of my friends would say: “I love it, because nobody cares what you are wearing and nobody gives you strange looks!” I´m sure it was not our last time in London!

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