Sloane Square Christmas Lights Chelsea London

December 2016 Around London

The festive season is my favorite time to be in London. With beautifully displayed lights and decorations throughout the city, imaginative shop displays teeming with gift ideas and the bustling Christmas markets and ice rinks, there’s a lot to enjoy. Since we spend Christmas in Italy, once the festive lights start going up from mid-November,…

South Bank London

November 2016 Around London

The first couple of weeks in November were spent in San Diego catching up with my side of the family, and once we were back in London, the Christmas lights and decorations were just starting to come up around the city. The festive season is my favorite time of year to be in London, and…

Myrtle Avenue Plane Spotting Heathrow Airport

October 2016 Around London

We spent October mostly out and about enjoying the crisp weather and beautiful fall foliage around London, Surrey and Kent. I was determined to visit some National Trust sites I’ve been wanting to see since the beginning of the year, including the picturesque Scotney Castle and Winkworth Arboretum. Also working through my Autumn Bucket List,…

Street Art, Brick Lane, Shoreditch London

September 2016 Around London

September started off with gorgeous sunny weather, perfect for an impromptu day trip to the British seaside, which is exactly what we did with a visit to Camber Sands. September is also Little T’s birthday month and he loved his first visit to Legoland Windsor for his 3rd birthday – he even managed to enjoy…

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden London

August 2016 Around London

The first half of August was spent visiting my in-laws in Fano, Italy. I traveled solo with Little T and we lucked out with mostly sunny weather and great days at the beach. Back in the UK, we had a few days out including a day trip to the Cotswolds, a couple of stops at…

Sea Turtle Release - Kuta Beach Bali

Turtle Release with Bali Sea Turtle Society

While in Bali this past July, we participated in a sea turtle release with the Bali Sea Turtle Society which was one of our most memorable experiences of the trip. I’ve mentioned the turtle release on my Snapshots from Bali and Activities with Kids in Bali posts, and in this one I’ll be expanding a…

Autumn at National Trust Winkworth Arboretum

Day Out at Winkworth Arboretum

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been on somewhat of a mission to enjoy the autumn foliage while it lasts and National Trust sites have been my go-to for exploring the countryside near London. Last week we visited Winkworth Arboretum in Godalming, Surrey (just under an hour’s drive from west London), a wooded valley…

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Kelp Tank, La Jolla CA

Our Visit to the Birch Aquarium, La Jolla

One of my favorite places to visit in San Diego is the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, a fantastic, very family-friendly aquarium and oceanographic museum on a hilltop in La Jolla. There’s plenty to see and do for all ages, with various exhibits showcasing the diverse Pacific marine life, hands-on displays to learn…

Flying at Sunset with Garuda Indonesia

Flying Garuda Indonesia with Kids

In this review, I’ll be covering our experience flying with Garuda Indonesia in July 2016 with nearly three year old (33 months) Little T. Garuda Indonesia is the country’s national airline and is part of the SkyTeam Alliance, which also consists of Alitalia, Air France, Delta, KLM and Saudia. This was our first time flying with…