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I have always loved discovering new countries, finding out about the people, the customs, trying out exotic food, learning a few words in another language and I was lucky enough to fall in love with a geographer. Hubby and I spent most of our time off (and money!) travelling before we had our children.

London is the first foreign city I visited with my mum when I was thirteen years old. It is also the first place I ever travelled to with no adult supervision for a day trip with my friend Violaine when I was sixteen.

As a student, after many day trips and week-ends to the beautiful city, I moved to London for what was meant to be a gap year. That was almost thirteen years ago. I have never left. For some strange reason, whenever the coach (cheapest way to travel as a student!) was approaching the city and driving past the familiar streets and rows of houses, I had a feeling I was coming home. Odd, considering that I grew up in a tiny village in the middle of the French countryside, but true…

Several members of my family came to visit recently. They arrived on a particularly wet Easter Sunday. We had a lot of chatting and catching up to do so it did not really matter what the weather was like. On top of that, their arrival meant the children had their Easter egg hunt on Monday morning, which was ideal as it was a beautiful, sunny day.

Camden Town

We did not manage to do very much tourism, because I was back at work a couple of days after their arrival, but we drove to Camden town on Easter Monday. We did some browsing, a little bit of shopping and I took lots of photos.

We also had a day in Green Park, starting with a walk past the Ritz and into Fortnum and Mason, coffee in Starbucks, a stroll in the park up to Buckingham palace, where we spent ages observing the guards.

Buckingham palace

We were just trying to see whether they were really still and had a giggle observing the one above trying to scratch his bottom unnoticed. We wondered whether that kind of job was a vocation. Beanie was really angry when we left because she did not understand why we were not allowed to simply walk in and see the princess…

Experiencing London through the eyes of a tourist rather than a resident was rather refreshing. It opened my eyes again to the architecture of the city, the cleanliness of the tube, the fact people give up their seats readily for pregnant women and young children. I once again saw the abundance of green spaces in such a busy city, the quirkiness of certain areas, the business-like feeling others emulate. I did not need a reminder why I love living here so much, but I got one anyway!

Outside Saint Pancras


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  1. 03/05/2014 / 1:03 pm

    this is fantastic Mel, sometimes it take looking through new eyes to see what we miss with time.

    thanks for linking up with #PoCoLo

    p.s thank you for your email will get back to you later xx

    • Mel
      04/05/2014 / 1:00 am

      We do not travel much these days and it was lovely putting my ‘tourist’ hat on for a few days. x

  2. Alexandra Mercer (Life of mummy)
    03/05/2014 / 1:41 pm

    How lovely to read something so positive. So many people cannot see all the good things that surround them. This world is a wonderful place and I believe most people do have a good heart. x

    • Mel
      03/05/2014 / 11:25 pm

      I could not agree more! It is really important to appreciate what we have and where we are. It is all about the little things! x

  3. ciwin22
    03/05/2014 / 3:54 pm

    Fab photos, one of our favourite cities to visit! #countrykids

    • Mel
      03/05/2014 / 11:44 pm

      Thanks, so much to see and do in London. We never run out of things to do.

  4. Sara (@mumturnedmom)
    04/05/2014 / 3:49 am

    I lived in London for nearly ten years, I met my husband there. We used to book into Last minute hotels for the weekend and play tourist, it’s a wonderful city 🙂

    • Mel
      04/05/2014 / 1:45 pm

      It really is! I must take the children to central London more often and explore the city with them, so much to see!

  5. Coombe Mill (Fiona) (@coombemill)
    04/05/2014 / 11:26 am

    Lovely and lively London town – such an amazing city to live in. It’s great when you have visitors then you can also be a tourist for a while too and appreciate where you live. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

    • Mel
      04/05/2014 / 1:59 pm

      It really is! Your part of the world seems great, too! I have always wanted to go to Cornwall. x

  6. Viv'Maman_Bas
    04/05/2014 / 1:28 pm

    Oh yes I remember this coach day trip to London! Brilliant – happy memories. We don’t go much into London these days but I love it when we do xx

    • Mel
      04/05/2014 / 1:38 pm

      It was a great trip, wasn’t it? Followed by many more together. Can you believe we are both in England now? x

  7. Cindy
    04/05/2014 / 2:31 pm

    Coucou Mel. Quand je lis la manière dont tu parles de Londres, je comprends mieux l’attachement que Valé peut avoir pour cette ville. J’ai hâte de lui faire la surprise en passant un week end à Londres.et de voir le bonheur et l’émerveillement dans ses grands yeux. Bisous.

    P.S: J’ai voté pour ton blog. Bonne chance.

    • Mel
      04/05/2014 / 2:56 pm
        Merci, tu es adorable! Quand tu auras réservé votre week-end, fais-moi signe, je viendrai faire la touriste avec vous pour une journée. Bises
  8. Sharon (@TeenTweenToddle)
    04/05/2014 / 9:34 pm

    Sounds like a great day out, fab photo’s x #WotW

    • Mel
      04/05/2014 / 9:41 pm

      It was great, thanks Sharon.

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