I'm not going to give the play by play in this post. Let's just say the last few days in London after returning from Paris were relaxing and wonderful. It's no secret that I'm a homebody. After 2 nights in Paris I was homesick for my parents' house in London. I wanted to be back there, curled up on the couch, with a home-cooked meal, wine, and my parents. That's just what I consider a "vacation." I don't like the hustle and bustle of navigating a new place trying to find my way and do things "you have to do to make it a good experience." I guess "don't like" is the wrong phrase, but I'm at my most content when I am in what feels like home - someone's house (a lake house, a mountain house, a beach house, etc., etc.). The rest of Wednesday after returning from Paris my mom and I wandered a museum, then went grocery shopping, cooked a healthy dinner, and relaxed. It was probably my favorite day there. I never, ever wanted to leave.
My parents' house is perfect. It is open, clean, and spacious. The bed in "my room" has crisp white sheets on a bed that is nicer than a hotel. There are exposed brick walls, built-in shelves, and bare wood beams. It also came with a view.
There are no bugs in England, and doesn't get hot enough for air conditioning, so each night we opened the windows as wide as they could go, with no screens. On Friday morning I was woken up at 5 am by pouring rain and thunderstorms. Have you ever woken up to the sound of rain knowing that you can stay in bed as long as you like? That may be one of the best feelings ever.
To keep my promise of not giving the play by play, here the highlights from the remainder of the trip:
My first experience with authentic Indian food. Delicious - I had high hopes and they were met. On the walk home from dinner we took some family selfies. :)
One of the things on my England bucket list was visiting a real life castle. We chose the perfect one - Rochester Castle. Although it dates back to the 12th century, the castle is so maintained that we could actually walk up and around inside of it, rather than just standing in the shell. It was epic - another high expectation that was exceeded.
Honestly how adorable is England? Ugh. Why don't I live there? Now I'm just getting bitter.
My mommy and me.