Changing of the Guard (something I will never do again, oy vey, what a gong show. But I'm glad I did it once). Spitalfields Market and great fun fashion, High Tea at the Wallis, Sean and Paul bonding whilst touring the collection, Shopping districts, dinner out with Sean, Rebecca, Hannah and Luke (poor Luke witnessing the mayhem that Paul and Sean create in public places), dinner, and the view around the corner from where we were staying.
Borough market, complete with signs Paul loved and places that seemed made for me (both of them)! The Globe. Sibling shenanigans. The South Bank and more tube rides. Break for drinks in Camden. The Tower of London. Break for hot chocolate and movie night at home.
Things I learned on this trip:
1. The London tube system, while more extensive, has awful closures on the weekend that can drive a person bonkers.
2. My brother likes to have random dance party for one moments, in which he breaks out his disco star moves. I suspect this might be one of our shared family things cause I am known for random chair dancing for one moments!
3. My sister-in-law and I can geek out over history together and leave the boys to their own devices. Literally. The 2 of them will text and check email instead of soaking up history (see part 1 for evidence)
4. I should never put 2 Leos in a room together. Ever. Random crazy pictures of very unclassy acts in classy establishments will ensue if they are left without a buffer.
5. My brother and sister-in-law have more hot chocolate than I think any couple should and can consume! :P
6. The way I see London today after having done more travelling is vastly different than the way I saw it at 18, 25, and 30, post India, Cuba, France, and Mexico.
7. As much as I love London, it's huge and I am glad I live in Montreal. (or even the burbs of Mtl)!
8. Paul and I need to walk less and relax/savour more when we travel. Our feet are always too sore when we get back!
9. It doesn't matter if I see family in Vancouver or in London, I'm always a little homesick for my family when I get back.
10. I'm excited about this new age of family visits with my brother. Here, there, or back home. It was great spending time with the 2 of them and I hope we find ways to do it more often! <3 br="br">3>