Saturday, February 18, 2017

Planning My Escape


My daughter and I are going to take our first ever 'girls only' trip for her Spring Break next month. She wanted to go on a road trip with friends but those plans fell through so I offered to take her anywhere that Delta flies non-stop from Atlanta. Being the avid Harry Potter fan that she is, she chose London almost instantaneously.  I haven't been there since before I had her, so I am due for a return trip for sure! We have the hotel booked (and it's only blocks from Liberty!!)


We plan to do the Harry Potter studio tour, of course, and we plan to visit all the necessary historical sights (I'm slightly delirious about this because I have spent YEARS reading everything I can about Henry the 8th and various other historical figures!)


And we plan to do the typical touristy things, as well as the things my horse-loving girl will enjoy.


There will obviously be a visit to Liberty...


I would welcome any suggestions you may have for two girls who love history, quilts, horses and Harry Potter. You can leave info in the comments or click on the 'contact' tab on the website and message me personally.

Thanks in advance!

Diane

20 comments:

  1. Yay! my DD will be there in a couple of weeks too! You cannot miss the 9 3/4 platform at King's Cross-St Pancras Station, Westminster Abbey and its Cloisters Om! gave me chills, you can BREATHE history there. No wonder, you breathe history anywhere in London. Sigh. Such a dreamy trip! Have fun!xxx

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  2. Wow! That will be fantastic---so jealous. :0)

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  3. Depending on the weather a boat trip down the river to Greenwich would be fun. The museum at the top of the hill is worth the hike. We also found very reasonably priced theater tickets http://www.lovetheatre.com/

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  4. So happy for you. I've never been so I'm no help. But I know it will be fabulous!!

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  5. What a fabulous trip the two of you have to look forward to

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  6. one thing I loved about London was that the museums were free. My daughter and I went in 2007, and we planned an entire day at the British Museum - it would take several to really do it justice but on our last day, we had a morning to kill, decided to walk to a place we had passed via taxi for a bite, and on the way back decided to go into the Victoria and Albert Museum - so wished we had planned for more time, it was spectacular. If you have time - head to Oxford - such a wonderful town to visit.

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  7. Hampton Court is definitely worth a visit, trains run direct from Waterloo. There is also a very good quilting shop called Creative Quilting that is five minutes walk away from Hampton Court. Have an amazing time.
    Veronica

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  8. Have fun in London!! You have selected the right places! Don't forget Covent garden, Cath Kidston's shops, the M an M's shop, Fortnum and Mason...

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  9. I haven't been to London, but the Victoria & Albert has wonderful textiles of all kinds! Have a wonderful trip and post pictures!!

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  10. Alice Caroline liberty fabrics ! Wonderful shop Diane ! You come into it and never want to get out !
    The Victoria and Albert museum of course.... many beautiful quilts in it !
    Okay...poor Kelly, not horses and Harry potter...I know !

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  11. Alice Caroline liberty fabrics ! Wonderful shop Diane ! You come into it and never want to get out !
    The Victoria and Albert museum of course.... many beautiful quilts in it !
    Okay...poor Kelly, not horses and Harry potter...I know !

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  12. I visited England about 3 years ago with some quilting buddies to go to the Birmingham International Quilt Show and we did a week in London. Do have fish and chips in a pub...amazing. Windsor Castle and Eton were incredible and only a train ride away. The Eye was great to see London from above and a Red Line Bus tour is a great way to see lots of the London Streets. The Tower of London was cool but the crown jewels there were meh...Victoria and Albert Museum has much better jewels! Do remember that the traffic comes from the "wrong" direction so when you cross streets do look both ways and avoid a disaster!! One of our quilters forgot that and almost got nailed by a bicyclist (luckily he had great reflexes and stopped). Have a blast! We actually had more fun in Lincolnshire, but we stayed with friends and got lots of personal tours!

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  13. Oh you will love it, London is my fav town and I am so lucky to live just an hours flight away (in The Netherlands) so try to visit twice a year. If you like Harry Potter, do visit Leadenhall Market, it is beautiful and they filmed some Diagon Alley scenes there, you can google that on the internet. Also while there you can go to a fab lookout point nearby (you do need to go to at least 2 free lookout points, they are spectacular, do not spend a lot of money of going to the Shard, there is no need): go to the spectacular Sky Garden (free tickets on their website, check daily when you preferred date and time become available because they 'sell' out quickly. Also do not book a table in one of the restaurants they have the worst views, just get a ticket to go to garden) and go the new building at the Tate Modern, also free, 360 degrees beautiful lookout point. V&A museum is must (free). And if you like Liberty fabrics you will find that Liberty's actually does not have the largest selection (but do visit, it is the most beautiful shop in the world, I love the atmosphere), but a shop called Shaukat has (170, Old Brompton Road). Go into the cellar....... and be amazed. They are also cheaper than Liberty itself and they actually sell scraps (Liberty does not, you need to buy 1/2 meter at least). Having traveled to London for the last 25 years at least twice a year I know it rather well, so if you want any more tips, just email me. I had two mum-daughter long weekends in London the last 3 years and she went with her dad on their first ever dad-daughter weekends 3 weeks ago... memorable! Have the best of times!

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  14. I forgot to say you can look on my blog (ohohquilts.blogspot.com), there are 8 blogposts about trips to London, you can find them in the Labels section on the right.
    Have fun planning your trip!

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  15. Oh fabulous - London is amazing!
    I recommend the Victoria and Albert Museum. We rented an apartment near the Queens Gate and Kensington Garden, which is lovely to walk around in. We had tea at the Orangry. Coventry Gardens is fun to visit. Also Herods Dept. Store - especially the food court. Oh I'm jealous and excited for you - can you tell? We loved the London Eye. The Subway is easy and fast. Mind the Gap

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  16. If you are fascinated by Henry VIII then definitely visit Hampton Court Palace - walk around the great hall where his court met and his private rooms as well as the vast kitchens! And there's plenty of history in Westminster Abbey ( including the tombs of Queens Mary and Elizabeth Tudor. The Museum of London is a great way of getting periods of history in the right order - with the archeological finds from before the Romans arrived in London. Definitely need comfortable shoes for a trip to London and I think you have to book tickets in advance for the Harry Potter studio as it is so popular! Hope you have a lot of fun ☺

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  17. That is going to be so much fun! My daughter ad I are planning a trip to Italy next year!

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  18. Oh what a fun adventure you both have ahead of you!enjoy the planning.

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