15 April, 2012

Back From London

Finally, after a month back from our London trip, I'm able to sit down and sort through the pictures, create some collages and type on the post.

As Daddy travels to London for a major conference and exhibition once every 2 years, this year we managed to work out a schedule to tag along! Jayden had to skipped school for a week but thinking that he's still in Kindergarten 2, skipping a week's class should be alright and since for that week it's a school holiday, his school will not be having any academic lessons, just art & crafts, and cookery lessons. What's more, next year Jayden will be starting primary school, it would be impossible to travel during school weeks.

It has not been an easy trip for me as I was down with a sore throat and a bad cough on the fifth day after arriving in London. The weather was cold and the constant commuting on the crowded underground tube and walking in the cold took a toll on my already-not-so-feeling-well body. But nevertheless, Jayden and I had a really good time with Daddy and the rest of our family members who joined us later on the 3rd day.

Picture says a thousand words, so I'll let the pictures do the...e~hem, writing.

Most of the pictures above this collage were taken by Jayden (except the two pictures of Jayden, which was taken by my elder sister)

Taken at St. James park. The park was lovely and we really enjoyed walking through it after visiting Buckingham Palace. Jayden loves to take pictures of the pigeons, squirrels and ducks.

This was taken at Marylebone Underground Train station. We were on our way to Bicester Village, a premium outlet village where Prada, Burberry, Crabtree & Evelyn and many other prestige labels are made a little more affordable.

Arriving at Bicester Village.

Taking our lunch at the Villandry restaurant.

We did quite a bit of shopping. A Prada bag and wallet for me. A few wallets for our friends, a pair of Prada work shoes for Daddy, a few Burberry work shirts and some toiletries from Crabtree & Evelyn. Nothing much for kids sad to say, although there is a Polo Ralph Lauren kids boutique in the village. But prices are not as attractive as they are in USA.

Edited to add:
How can I forget to mentioned that we also had a traditional afternoon tea at the Kesington Hotel!  Look at the lovely afternoon tea spread!  The sandwiches were delicious!  The scones.... kept warm in the nice napkins, served with clotted cream, strawberry jam and passion fruit curd.  Tasted heavenly!  Last but not least, the delicate 2-tier sweet pastries that include passion fruit panna cotta, chocolate mousse, strawberry cake and some lemon curd tarts.

When we apologized that we couldn't finish the delicious spread, especially the scones, the service staff actually suggested that they could pack it up nicely in a box and we could bring it back to our hotel and keep them as supper!  So thoughtful, aren't they?!

On the sixth day, we left London and head towards Dorchester-On-Thames, Oxfordshire. Daddy had to attend another conference and we had to spend 3 days and 2 nights in this quiet little town. It was quite out of the way, even the chauffeur from the land transport service asked us why did we go so far for our holiday! Little did he know that we didn't choose to come here...

The hotel that we were putting up, Old Hart Hotel is a nice and cosy inn. I wouldn't want to call it a hotel because it was nothing like those hotel that we saw in London. Old Hart is like an inn, with nice square white border windows, little courtyard just right outside the little building where our room is at (the second floor). The staff of Old Hart were very friendly and they went all out to make our stay a very comfortable and memorable one. The food serve in their restaurant which is just adjacent to the inn, serves wonder home-cooked fare and whatever you fancy they will try their best to accommodate to your request even if it's not listed on their menu. How sweet!

While Daddy was at the meeting held right at the Old Hart itself, Jayden and I took a cab (which cost us a whopping GBP25, one way!) to Oxford main town where we did some shopping, had lunch and a bit of sighting. Oxford town is very different compared to London. The people walk on a slower pace, the air is fresher and the atmosphere is more relaxed. The architectural is beautiful with the old churches and schools. We even walk pass Oxford University! Everything in Oxfordshire is very picturesque.... and very Harry Potter-ish!

From Oxfordshire, we travel on to Windsor. Finally Daddy is done with all his official business and it's time for us to rest and relax and spend the entire 3 days with Jayden at Legoland! Legoland was specially planned to celebrate Jayden's birthday, it's like a belated birthday present for him. To make it extra special, we even booked a Pirate themed room for our 3 days stay! And right on the day that we checked-in, it was also the first day that the resort started its operation! We were officially the very first guests to stay in room 329 at the Legoland Resort at Windsor! Super cool isn't it?!

Daddy and Jayden :)

Jayden loved driving the Lego cars at the Lego driving school. He would request to go again and again. And each time he goes for the ride, his "driving" skills improved. He also loved the excavator ride where he gets to control the excavator, scooping stuff from container A to B. He also overcome his fear for the mini roller coaster.

Pictures taken in the Legoland Park and at the premises of the resort.

If you want to know more about Legoland Resort, just pop by Tripadvisor.com and you will see the pictures loaded up in the review page. I've submitted my review and loaded quite a few good pictures of the Pirate themed room.

It was really a good trip. If not for my cough and sore throat, it would be perfect. I would love to go back to London again and maybe travel further to Paris and other parts of Europe.
We initially wanted to take a train up to Paris, but knowing that Jayden won't be able to appreciate all the sight-seeing involved, we decided to wait till either he's older, knowing how to appreciate the beautiful art and architectural, or till he's old enough to take care of himself and Daddy and me will travel Europe without him :P

For now, it's back to Singapore. Back to our usual routine. Back to school for Jayden. Back to work for Daddy. And back to being me, for me :)