Roy and I have been pretty remiss in recapping our various travels over the past two months, mostly because our weekends have been spent away from home. This weekend was the first in perhaps six or so that weve actually been able to relax a bit, so I figured it was time to catch up before we forget the details of our trips.

At the end of March, we made our second trip to Europe. Roy left in mid-March to go to Dublin, Ireland, where he spent a week working. He was able to catch some St. Pattys Day excitement, but not much, mostly because he couldnt see much of the parade. (We did, however, procure a fuzzy green hat as our souvenir of Dublin.)

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I joined him in London after my exams ended (luckily, they seemed to have ended well!). While Roy was working most of the time during the day, we did get to explore on the weekends and evenings a bit, and I wandered around quite a bit during the day. London was COLD it was somewhere in the 20s (Fahrenheit) that week and I could not be more grateful that Id packed a pair of thermals at the last minute, just in case.

Here are some highlights:

  1. Meeting up with Lisa and Daniel! We had some amazing Thai food at Patara along with one of Roys coworkers, and then went out to visit Windsor the next day. (We appreciate Lisa and Daniel patiently waiting after we overslept that day.)

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  1. Exploring Londons multitudes of museums most of them free.

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Discovering a Canova at the V&A! Its Theseus and the Minotaur.

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This exhibit at the Tate Britain looked like a tiki exhibit, but was actually a statement about McDonalds. Look at the fries in his hand.

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Finding the Rosetta Stone at the British Museum

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Taking a forbidden picture of Jane Austens only portrait at the National Portrait Gallery

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Taking yet another forbidden photo of Roy looking at portraits

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Hanging out with a skeleton of the now-extinct giant sloth at the Natural History Museum

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Entering the molten core of a planet, also in the Natural History museum

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Staring at giant, ancient computers at the Science Museum

  1. Seeing West End shows. We saw Wicked (amazing!), 39 Steps (ok) and Monty Pythons Spamalot (amusing).

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Getting ready to go to Oz!

  1. Shopping for oddities in various markets (with Lisa and my friend Gail) and at Harrods (with my Brearley classmate Vana)!

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Trinkets made of silver

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Giant Easter egg at Harrods

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Strawberry earmuffs at the Stables in Camden Town

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  1. Hamleys! I was super excited to visit the biggest toy store in London, and it certainly did not let me down. For the lowdown, please see on my toy blog.

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Hamleys has adorable stuffed animals, including this hedgehog family

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A hilarious Barbie

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UK version of Calico Critters!

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LEGO queen on the top floor

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LEGO Will and Kate

London was super fun! But after traveling abroad for a while its always a relief to come back home.