Thursday, May 5, 2016

British Isles Friday - London 2005

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I've been doing some memory lane posts of trips before digital and before blogging.
I first traveled to England with my Mom in 1960
My parents took us back as a family in 1970.
John and I first went together in 1986 to London.
Continuing 1986 with Oxford and Stratford.
Ireland 1991 Part 1 Dublin
Ireland 1991 Part 2 Around Ireland 
Ireland 1991 Part 3 Around Ireland
London 2005 with family
Ireland Part 1 2005 Ballyvaughan Aran Islands
Ireland Part 2 2005 Ballyvaughan Dunguaire Castle, Galway
Ireland Part 3 2005 Burren Bunratty Castle Aillwee Caves Lahinch
Ireland Part 4 2005 Killarney Limerick
Ireland Part 5 2005 Dublin
Ireland 2001 - Ballybunion scheduled
London 1987 - scheduled
Scotland 2001 - scheduled

July 2005 - London England

We went in the summer because we went with my sister, her partner and my niece and nephew who were 15 and 11 at the time.

We took the morning flight from Toronto which got us into our rental around 11PM and we headed out for some food before going to bed.

We had three days in London so we packed in the usual tourist sights on the Hop On Hop Off bus as the kids had never been to London.

 First stop Trafalgar Square. Brennan is loving the pigeons!

My sister's favourite photo of Brennan.

 Tate Gallery and St. Martin's.

Uncle john enjoying the pigeons as well.

 Time for lunch just off Leicester Square.

 John's first Guinness on this trip.

 The pub had some confessionals so Brian is listening to Caitlin's litany of sins.

 Back on the bus and it is raining.

 Sherlock Holmes on Baker St.

 Covent Gardens

Brennan amusing himself with a mouse splat ball.

My sister's favourite picture of Caitlin.

Coffees and hot chocolate before the theatre.

Pooped after a long first day.

Brian in background getting help reading the map/

John has his first bacon buttie.

Our neighbourhood for this stay.

The Albert Memorial is situated in Kensington Gardens, directly to the north of the Royal Albert Hall. It was commissioned by Queen Victoria in memory of her beloved husband, Prince Albert who died of typhoid in 1861.

Robert Peel.

We have to go to the Tower of London.

 Livingston I presume.

 The kids really liked visiting Westminster and you couldn't take photos even then.

The next day we split up, they took the kids to Madame Tussaud's and Buckingham Palace..

John and I went in search of the Templar Church from Da Vinci Code.

First though, St. Paul's.

Templar Church and it was CLOSED! We would finally get inside in 2010.

So we had lunch and then caught the train to Milton Keynes to see my aunt and uncle and cousin and family.

Uncle Hughie (my Dad's eldest brother) his wife Joyce, their daughter Maureen, my oldest McGuinness cousin and myself and John.

I've been replaced with Maureen's husband, Peter French.

We go back to London and leave for Ireland in the morning. It is the day of the London bombings July 7 2005.


  1. Beautiful shots- the Templar Church is something I'd like to see in particular.

    The statue of the big cat and deer was a surprise.

  2. These are fun! I enjoyed pictures of the pigeony visit to Trafalgar Square. Although, I'm just as glad that they are so few now -- I'm not that keen on them in real life.

    We didn't make it to Covent Garden -- and, now I want to go!

    Oh, wow, I didn't know you were in the UK the day of the Tube bombings.

    1. I agree that there are a lot less pigeons there now.

  3. A sad way to end an otherwise beautifully happy post! I love the pics of the kids at Trafalgar, I’ve got some—in black and white—of my brother and I at Trafalgar in the late 1950’s. I’m hiding behind him, clearly terrified of the pigeons. Thnx for another wonderful London visit! Did you get to Speaker’s Corner at Hyde Park? That’s where my post this week is set. Here's my contribution to British Isles Friday

    1. No, I've never really been to Hyde Park, must do it next time.

  4. I love the photos. I did not realize you could get so close to the figures of Diana and others, that is very cool. Ahhh, remembering my first Guinness abroad, it was a dream!


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