our big trip - Day 10: London

Sunday, 3 March 2013

I could hardly believe the silence during our sleep at Leyland - true rural England, fresh, pretty, whimsical and oh so quiet. I could so retire here.

We were treated to a full English by our beautiful rellies - and all local produce, locally grown and sourced, from bacon to fresh milk that's delivered to doorstep by a local farmer. This how I want to live.

It was then off to the stunning Preston train station {like something from a Jane Austen novel} to catch a train to London. Ella's new friend 'London', from Hamley's Toy Store, enjoyed the vistas.

We'd left our baggage at our Pimlico apartment but changed hotels for this night so we could be right near St Pancras station. We booked a four-bed room at the Kings Cross Inn, which is literally right across the road. It was teensy but we were only in there to sleep, and the room was double-glazed, clean and comfortable. In fact, Riley said this was the comfiest mattress he's ever slept on!

We arrived after lunch but were so keen to head out and take in the area. We started with a local wander.

Went wandering past Kings Cross and St Pancras stations.

The St Pancras International hotel has recently undergone a major renovation and is truly breathtaking.

We also walked past this . . . and it took every ounce of strength in my body not to be sucked right in those gates.

We then decided to walk into Piccadilly, one of our fave haunts.

We simply could not resist one last shop at Cool Britannia - love that store!

Then we wandered around, taking in the lights, and spotting a little pub for dinner.

Mr Bean's teddy, from Cool Britannia joined us for dinner -

And a game of cards. A perfect way to end our time in London.

distance travelled: 18,420km

our big trip - days 1 + 2: Melbourne
our big trip - day 3: Flying to Europe
our big trip - day 4: London
our big trip - day 5: London
our big trip - day 6: London
our big trip - day 7: London
our big trip - day 8: London
our big trip - day 9: Leyland
our big trip - day 11: Paris
our big trip - day 12: Paris
our big trip - day 13: Paris
our big trip - day 14: Bruges
our big trip - day 15: Bruges 
our big trip - day 16: Bruges and The Hague
our big trip - day 17: The Hague
our big trip - day 18: Amsterdam
our big trip - day 19: Amsterdam
our big trip - day 20: The Hague
our big trip - days 21 + 22: Brussels
Two days lost with travel and travelling east
our big trip - days 25 + 26: Bangkok
our big trip - day 27: Kanchanaburi
our big trip - days 28 - 32: Cha Am Resort
our big trip - day 33: Hua Hin
our big trip - days 34 + 35: Coming Home

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