After my quick run through of Hyde Park Corner, I headed across the street to Hyde Park and took, quite possibly, the shortest stroll possible through this iconic park. I Googled a map of Hyde Park upon my return home, and viewing the map full size on my 13-inch MacBook Pro screen, I covered about a pinky's worth of ground all told. Haha. To give
Before traveling to London, I asked Kenny for some tips since he heads to the UK fairly often for work. One of the things he told me was that 'iced tea' isn't a thing, and that ice in drinks, generally, wasn't hugely popular.
So I said, "If I order a water, they bring me water in the glass, no ice?" He said, "Right." "How about
After visiting the WWII Royal Airforce Bomber Commander memorial, I crossed over to Hyde Park Corner and strolled around before heading to Hyde Park. Hyde Park Corner seems to be a home to memorials - lots of interesting sculptures to be admired. I'd definitely want to spend more time there if I am lucky enough to get back to London some day. I know I missed
While on my mini-walking tour of the Buckingham Palace area, I walked through Green Park and happened upon the Royal Air Force Bomber Command Memorial. A newer memorial - dedicated on June 28, 2012, it is a lovely tribute to over 55,000 British and ally aircrew.
I was taken by the fact that even today, just about 69 years after World War II ended, visitors had left
While in London, I stayed at the lovely The Grosvenor Hotel. It's situated right next door to the very busy Victoria Station (second only to Waterloo in terms of traffic). The hotel was built in the 1860s by the Victorian railway pioneers and was recently refurbished in 2012. (You can read more about the original build and restoration here if you are interested - I was
Truth be told, I feel like I only recovered from jet lag this past weekend. Crazy, right? I've been back for a week...but honestly, I didn't really sleep when I was in London. Lucky for me, the early years of having babies who are only 16 (and some change) months apart laid a solid foundation for adaptable sleep patterns, right? Haha. Save for last night, I
Heading to London has been what feels like a lifelong dream for me. And it finally came true this week! Woo hoo!
As frequently as I travel for work (and it's really not much compared to road-warrior standards), I never have to travel internationally. In fact the last time - and only time! - I traveled internationally was about 14 years ago when I went
If today's liquid lunch is any indication of how this week's business trip is going to go, well, color me amused, and kind of disgusted. (And, no, not that kind of liquid lunch, just a caffeine-laden calorie fest to hold me over four hours until I can grab some linner in Atlanta before my next leg.)
The only thing funnier than this picture was
When it comes to mobile phone use, no where is sacred.
Here's how I know:
I listened to a mom have an entire conversation with each and every member of her family from the stall in the women's room at Portland International Airport (PDX) today.
This was after I had to navigate around a woman who was leaning up against the bathroom wall
I have mentioned before that flights back to Portland are my favorite. Mostly because it means I am heading home to my family (and bed and pillow), but also because they oftentimes offer unrivaled visual spectacles.
Take that picture, for instance.
Yes, that's a deer (?!) rack.
ON THE LUGGAGE BELT.
AT THE AIRPORT.
I have never in my life seen a real