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The zoo and Chicago

Yesterday we went to London Zoo. We made our way through a fairly frozen Regent's Park and arrived at 10am just as the Zoo opened. It was very cold there, the warmth of the butterfly house, reptile house etc being particularly appreciated!! Nonetheless we had a good time walking round the frosty zoo and saw almost everything except the lions (who liked the cold even less than us I guess). We finished at the zoo in the early afternoon and then headed to Oxford Street for some shopping before meeting up with Ian and heading to the Cambridge Theatre to watch the show Chicago. The show was very well done and enjoyed by all.

It would seem we are missing lots of snow at home, judging by reports!



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Down to London

After the morning services at church today we all caught the train to Chester and then a Virgin Voyager to Euston. From there we travelled out to Wembley where we are staying for the next three nights. After we had checked into our rooms we went back into central London to Picadilly Circus where we had dinner at the "Living Room" just off Regent Street. Predictably Chris had steak, but the rest of us had varied fayre including venison, haggis and vegetarian lasagne!

Photos tomorrow I hope!
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2010 is here.

Wishing everybody a very happy, prosperous and blessed

NEW YEAR
Hoping you will enjoy everything this year will bring, and happy to be able to celebrate the start of 2010!!

Love to you all
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Results!

Today was A'level results day here...

Matthew's A 'level results are as follows:

Economics A, Politics B, Maths C and General Studies A

This was not quite the 2A's and B he needed for his conditional offer from York, however he has been accepted at his Lancaster University where he had his insurance offer, so he will be off to Lancaster in the Autumn - he is very happy with this so all is well!!
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A weekend at Paris Disney

Ian, the boys and I just spent a fabulous weekend at Paris Disney. We all travelled to Paris on Friday evening and spent the night at the Hilton at Charles de Gaulle Airport. It was a lovely hotel with a really cool glass elevator and fabulous views of the airport (couldn't hear any planes though). The boys enjoyed a late night swim in the pool there.

The following morning we caught a train to Marne-le-Vallee and took our bags to our hotel where we picked up our Disney passes. Then it was off to the parks to commence two days of pretty much nonstop action! The weather was glorious, hot and sunny, and the parks were very busy, especially on the Saturday. Queues were sometimes very long, but we managed to get round all the well loved attractions like Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain, Star Tours, Pirates of The Carribbean, Tower of Terror, Haunted Mansion etc

The boys scarcely stood still long enough for me to catch a photo of them, but a got one or two!! For the most part I had to settle for landscapes which didn't run away from my camera! Here are a few of my photos: Collapse )

It was great weekend, very tiring but huge fun... it brings back lots of happy memories for me of all the times we spent at Disney parks when the children were younger, but perhaps best of all it was great to see Chris so full of energy, he went on more rides than any of us and only has sore feet to show for it, and he is not alone in that!
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Hard to believe...

I'm finding it hard to believe that just a week ago we were enjoying the sun and sea of Malta, and that just a week from now we will be at Paris Disney!

Meanwhile...

We came down to earth last Thursday when Ian was up not long after 5am to make his trip down to London. Not too much later Chris and I were off to Alder Hey for a routine appointment, it was unremarkable though pretty long, (9am till after 1pm) mostly just sitting round waiting for things to happen... we shared some birthday cake with Ethan and his nan (Ethan, who is at exactly the same point in the same regimen as Chris was turning 3 years old the following day!)

Friday was more fun, just after midday David and I met up with Moth, Fledge and Jamie in Chester. We all walked down to the park together and then David went off to do his own thing, while the rest of us settled in the park to have a picnic. We followed that up with a walk and icecream down by the River Dee - all very pleasant! Later we headed back to town to meet up with Chris (Moth's friend), we had coffee and sat in the gardens outside the cathedral until it was time for me to go and catch the train home!

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Malta (part 6)

Today was our last full day here in Malta, tomorrow we will be heading home, I can't believe the time has flown past so fast...

Any way being the last day we all decided that we would do our own thing; in the event Ian and the boys pretty much just popped to Valetta and then spent the rest of the day hanging round St Julians and the hotel, whilst I headed to the south coast, details of my day below... Ian bought a whole lot of nougat (local speciality), Chris bought a big flag of a Maltese Cross!

Ian and I had tea at the Blue Elephant Thai restaurant again, just as nice as last time... and this time they gave me an orchid at the end of the meal!

Now my day in photos:


I visited the Temple of Hagar Qim which is protected by a huge white tent!! - this is to protect it from the elements, which I'm sure is a good thing in the long run, but isn't particularly aesthetically pleasing! I have to admit that this is a pretty exposed spot... Collapse )
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Malta (part 5)

Today we headed by bus to Mdina/Rabat. We spent the first few hours in Mdina (the silent city) where we went to the Mdina Experience, walked along the walls a bit and looked out at the view and had a look inside the cathedral...

Later we headed out to Rabat where we went into the St Agatha Catacombs where we were delighted by a very informative and knowledgable guide. We also had lunch in Rabat and visited the Roman Domus where there were some lovely mosaics as well as other remains.

After that it was back to St Julians for a swim and our evening meal.

Some photos of the day:


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Malta (part 4)

This morning we headed out to Bugibba where we picked up a cruise which took us to St Paul's Island, the Comino caves and the Blue Lagoon on Comino where the boys and I had lovely swim while Ian rested on the beach!! The boys swam right across the lagoon to a beach on the other side which wasn't so busy, I did not venture so far but still had a pleasant swim. Later we swam some more in the hotel pool and went up to Paceville for dinner!

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Malta (part 3)

This morning we headed over to Paola to visit the Hypogeum. This is a really fascinating underground structure dating from megolithic times, when it was used as a burial chamber and place of worship. It is remarkably well preserved and the tour was very interesting - there are no photos from this part of the day as cameras were not allowed down there... After that we moved above ground where we went to explore the nearby Tarxien Temples. We had lunch in Paola before catching the bus back to Valetta, where we had a look around the church of St Paul's shipwreck, had a drink and an icecream before coming back to the hotel for an other relaxing hour or so in the hotel pool... We rounded off the day with dinner at a little Italian place not far from the hotel!!


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