Thomas See Thomas Grow up….
  • Jan

    And we are back to our fav spot with blue skies, a crazy happy dog, ice cream and decent coffee!!

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  • Jan

    Wow what a trip!One last breakfast with Jan in the executive lounge, which now feels like home. I’m sure the boys will be expecting canapes and drinks each afternoon when we get home! Alas, finally time to say goodbye and thank you to Jan for a wonderful time in London and Wales. We have been throughly spoilt with all the trips, shows, movies, museums, shops, treats and meals creating so much laughter and so many memories, We cant wait to see you again next year. Thank you so much for your generosity Jan.

    So that’s it time to pack and head home. It was a long slog and none of us slept much but we finally arrived back home on Tuesday morning to very excited dog and over grown garden thats turned in to a jungle and a beautiful  clean and tidy  house with a kitchen and fridge full of the essentials thank you so much Lucy for being so very thoughtful.

    Wow what can we say? We did it! So many months of secret planning all came to fruition  in a whirl wind tour of a place we used to call home. Thomas we are so proud of how you conducted yourself on our trip. You were polite, thoughtful, confident and full of mischief. We are so pleased that you got to meet your Uk family and spend time with them. My only regret is that your Grandma Kuhlmann never got to experience this with us. She would have loved to have spent time with you and I just know she was there with us in her own special way.

    In loving memory…

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  • Jan

    Today another dream came true for Thomas. Aftet  a rather long tube journey we arrived at Southfields and found our way to the Seido London dojo!

    The community there were so welcoming and we were all so proud of Thomas as he took his place amongst the other advance brown belts. The entire class lined up and introduced themselves to Thomas. After nearly six weeks of no training it must have been hard work but he gave it his all.

    After the class everyone  grasiously posed for group photos. Now Thomas is thinking our next holiday  with Jan could consist of an around New Zealand tour taking in all the dojos here.

    After our goodbyes we jumped back on the tube and met Paul in Covent garden for our final farewell. How lucky was I to spend the afternoon with my four favourite men. So lovely to see Thomas interacting with both his uncles at the same time and finally it’s happened not once but twice on our trip . Thank your Paul for coming back up to London to spend more time with us and boy did we pack a lot into our final afternoon. Starting with Covent garden for the best pies and roasted tatoes at the Battersea pie company, then Leicester square for one last trip to the Legostore.

    back to Fortnum and Mason for afternoon tea and the biggest knickerbocker glory !

    Then the National  Gallery which was so crowded as everyone was  trying to dodge the rain.

    Of course there was also time for sillyness amongst the classics and master pieces. These four are one of a kind originals!

    and then one final trip to China town for dinner.

    Followed by a walk to Foyles book shop for one  last coffee and goodbyes which are never easy… I tried so hard but indeed there were tears but looking through all these wonderful photos and seeing all the wonderful memories we have created makes me smile from ear to ear.

    Goodebye Paul see you soon.



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  • Jan

    We started the day at the Museum of London and could easily have spent the day there if it wasn’t for  the hoards of school children visiting at the same time! The Museum of London documents the history of London from prehistoric to modern times.It is the largest urban history collection in the world, with more than six million objects. It hosts more than one million visitors each year.

    We had a break for coffee and much to Thomas delight my tweet was broadcasted on the screen in front of us.

    We couldn’t cope with the noisy school children so jumped on the tube to get to our next stop,Camden Market. It’s been quite a few years since I last visited Camden Market. The vibe is the same and the massive range of unusual items for sale in the seemingly million stalls and shops is still the same.

    There is multitude of stalls selling everything that you could possibly want, handmade goods, one off gifts, it is wonderful to just wander around. We had some fantastic Chinese food for lunch.

    Suitably refuelled we continued to browse through the market and making a couple of purchasing before heading back down Camden high street taking in the atmosphere and looking at the eclectic shop fronts before heading back to the hotel.

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  • Jan

    That was the first question Thomas asked today when we awoke to sunshine and blue skies today. We made the most of it with lots of walking and sight seeing. First up was a trip on the DLR through to Canary Wharf which is a major business district in London, within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It is one of the United Kingdom’s two main financial centres – along with the City of London – and contains many of Europe’s tallest buildings, including the second-tallest in the UK, One Canada Square.

    We then walked under the Thames through the Greenwich foot tunnel. I was fine until ian asked “ are you bothered by the fact so many tiles have cracked?” A quick exit for me up in the lift.

    Then on to explore the Cutty Sark. The  Cutty Sark is a British clipper ship. She was one of the last tea clippers to be built and one of the fastest.

    Check out the blue sky!

    Jan was craving traditional fish and chips so off we went in search of a good pub. Luckily we found one right beside our next tourist stop, HMS Belfast.

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