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,…

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…

National Trust Osterley House

Winter Walk at National Trust: Osterley Park & House

Earlier this month I joined the National Trust with a goal of exploring more of the countryside and heritage sites within an hour or so by car from London and, having just received their handbook of over 500 historic places, countryside and coastline, I already have a long bucket list of places to visit over the next year. The first…

Mission Beach San Diego Sunset

Our Adventures and Travels in 2015

Earlier this week I came across the #Take12Trips Challenge created by Clare of Need Another Holiday, a challenge to take a trip once a month for a year – it could be a holiday abroad, a weekend break, a day out or a visit to a museum or other local attraction.  I love the idea of taking on…

Dukes Meadows Park, Chiswick

Dukes Meadows Park in Chiswick

The past week has been fairly quiet for Little T and me. We’ve mostly stayed at home or around the neighborhood as we both recover from the cold, and on warmer days we’ve ventured out for a good breath of fresh air and some sunshine. With clear skies and mild temperatures, last Thursday was one of those days, just right for a…

Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground London

Princess Diana Memorial Playground

Located in Kensington Gardens and next to Princess Diana’s Kensington Palace home, the Diana Memorial Playground was created by the Diana Memorial Fund and opened on 30th June 2000 in her memory. It is open to children 12 and under, and designed so less able and able-bodies children can play together. Inspired by the stories of Peter Pan, the…