The school year had hardly begun when Madison came home excited about the possibility of traveling abroad at the end of the year. It sounded like a great time and we’re blessed enough to be able to give her that experience. So, she, Carie, and Carie’s niece, Natasha signed up for a trip to the UK for the first week of June.
For weeks, we’ve been preparing, sizing up our luggage (the tour group demanded all bags be carried on, no checked luggage), arranging for all of our services (cellular, banking,etc.) to work in London, and generally gearing up for the grip.
My mother-in-law came to stay with Mackenzie as she has an active calendar of summer camps and the like and needed an adult present while I worked. That worked out well as it gave them some time together that they don’t have very often.
The travel day came, and immediately we ran into a problem with airlines and connecting flights. Suffice to say, spending the night in Atlanta and being split across 2 international flights wasn’t exactly what anyone had in mind. But, after 36 hours of travel they finally stepped onto British soil.
They had the opportunity to see Shakespeare’s home, Oxford, Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral, and then return to London. There they saw Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, toured the city on a double-decker bus, saw the Tower of London, rode the London Eye, visited the wax museum, and got to spend the day at the studio where much of Harry Potter was filmed. I’m sure I missed a lot of the trip in this recap, but these things seemed to be the highlight.
Finally, they headed home on Saturday. Once again split across 2 international flights, one flight ran into a snag in NY that had them changing airports and flights in order to get home. But by 9:00pm Saturday night, everyone was present and accounted for.
The girls are still adjusting to the time difference, but I don’t think they’ll ever be the same after this experience.
Here’s a link to the entire Flickr set if you’ve got the time. 8-)