I thought I might start to write about our travels as we go, in order not to get back logged and because it might be fun to share them in (almost) 'real time'.
Some of you might remember a little while back I entered my post on my love for my city (here if you want to read it) in the 'tale of 3 cities' competition with Accor Hotels. I'm so grateful to have won and that is largely down to my amazing readership for voting for me so thank you again, so much!
We will be travelling over London, Paris and Amsterdam for a total of 9 days and I can't wait to share what we got up to with you. Our first stop was the Mercure London Bridge hotel where we got to spend three days exploring our capital city.
The Mecure London Bridge is decked out really stylishly with scandinavian style furniture with a nod to the sixties. My kind of interiors for sure! All the staff were so welcoming, especially with Wilf. Every morning Wilf would ask for one of the tiny chocolate eggs at reception before we set out for the day and we even found the Easter bunny had worked out where we were staying for Easter morning (thank you to the staff who thought of that!).
On our first afternoon we decided to be very touristy and visit Buckingham Palace! Something I've never done before, Wilf was really curious about the guards and we watched them do their march. We spent the rest of the day in St James park, it was a really lovely Spring day so we got to spend a good few hours strolling around in the sun.
On our second day in the city the weather was a little greyer but still pretty dry so we took a trip to the Horniman museum and gardens. Tom had discovered the place a while back and it was somewhere I probably would never have come across otherwise. It was perfect for Wilf's age and we wondered around the museum and aquarium for most of the day before heading back to hotel for a bit. I'd certainly recommend coming here if you are visiting London for a few days and fancied going a little further out for a morning.
Love spotting unusual buildings poking out of unexpected places. This top one looked liked it belonged in a hot foreign country and the below we spotted two upside down buildings!
We ended up talking a evening stroll along the river and across millennium bridge to St Paul's cathedral. We're not usually out in the evenings these days but as we were on holiday time Wilf was happy to stay up later and we grabbed supper at the Albion. I always get this Britishness when I want to sing praise about Wilf, like it's not the done thing to mention his good behaviour..but I think that photo of Tom says it all. We are so proud of our little adventurer and how much fun he makes our travels!
On Saturday we met up with our friends Emma and Chris and their kiddos for coffee at the Tate Modern. All three kids got on so well and it was really sweet to see them play so happily, Wilf has been asking after them a lot since.
In the afternoon we decided to mooch over to Shoreditch for lunch, although this took slightly longer than expected due to closed lines. Actually it took about an hour and a half somehow! I'm thankful that Wilf is such a good traveller and a pretty laid back kid in general. Which helps when you end up eating meals at unusual hours
We went and got a Photo Booth picture in Rough Trade as we are hipsters like that and then headed home for an early evening before we set off early the next day for the next step of our adventure, Paris!
I'm making a video over our travels as part of the experience with Accor Hotels so I'm consequently taking a little less photos then I might usually do. It's funny as I'm so used to viewing the world through my camera and naturally taking it out when I spot a composition or moment I think photo worthy. With film it's so different and not as natural for me but I always love looking back on our travels through video so it's something I'm trying to do more and more. Actually I'm trying to spark Tom's interest in film so that we can cover both areas ha!
We've now arrived in Paris so if you would live to keep up with our travels before my next post then follow on IG with the hashtag #tq3cities
Thanks again for making it possible for us to be doing this!