Mom and dad flew into London on rails and walked 87 miles from the Eurostar into St. Pancras Station. Then out the other side to the main exit. Dad rushed on ahead of mom…cause she was walking like she was dragging a moose behind her. Mom finally made it to the exit and guess who greeted her? It was Princess Leah, and her mom and dad. Our dad was there too. How exciting Shoko. They all went for tea in St. Pancras Station. I think mom was stunned as she didn’t seem to take many pictures. Here is Princess Leah’s mom, Julie and her dad, Mike. Her Royal Highness is trying to get at the Canada Goose Shoko and I stuck in mom’s suitcase for Leah. Mom said she enjoyed a relaxing cuppa with Leah and her parents. She could have stayed and enjoyed their company for several more hours but it was time to get to the hotel. Take a look at Princess Leah’s Blog and see more pictures of our meeting.
Now St. Pancras Station is an old castle like building. It is beautiful beyond compare. Any repairs to the old structure are kept in the same style. Mom and dad caught a taxi to their hotel…The Tavistock. It wasn’t far but these two decided they didn’t need to struggle down the sidewalk with their suitcases. Our travellers woke in Normandy and now they were in London. To say they were tired was an understatement.
The next day found mom and dad deciding to walk about their area around the Tavistock Hotel. Mom and dad liked the quaint shops along the street. The Post Box was so shiny and new looking. Where the ones in Prince George look like they had a fight with a woofie and lost. MOL….mom is in her glory looking for different spices and concoctions than in Canada.
The next place to find was Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium. A bit of a challenge for our wanderers.
I won’t show you all the areas they wandered in and out but Chinatown and Coventry Gardens were two of the districts.
They found Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium just as dad was starting to say they had come the wrong way while he was pushing mom on her walker. They both were so excited they forgot to take a picture.
Inside was a small cat heaven. There were cats sleeping…of course. Cats watching the pigeons and greeter cats showing us around. Shoko would be crazy over these stairs….dropping on me from above. Look at these caves for the cats. They look like they’re in the wild forests of Africa. What a hoot.
A most satisfying visit to their first cat café.
To read about mom and dad’s first meeting with Phenny and his family click on Easy’s Blog.
The next day these five didn’t waste time but got into Phenny’s Elephant Skate and for an elephant it was one compact elephant and they headed toward the Atlantic, It was a long ride of about three hours. Mom wasn’t used to sitting for so long anymore and kept getting sleepy. Phenny helped with that…he told her things about his mom and dad that had mom wide awake. He said his mom was renting herself out as a part-time carpenter and her dad was taking dancing lessons. Mom was fascinated. Is mom ever gullible! Geesh! MOL They all arrived safely in Normandy The little house we were renting was a beauty. There were even 3 bedrooms so we could um and awe about which room we could have.
While waiting mom sat on the Oceanic Kayaks. She got up, heard a snap and landed on her face like a sack of hammers. That was a boo boo and she was determined though the knee hurt, it would not slow her down…ya right! She never got down to Omaha Beach to find a used shell for a remembrance. It’s probably against the law anyway.
Katty and mom made their recipe for Shopping Around The World….Salmon fish cakes. Phenny was an enormous help. If you want to read the Salmon Fish Cake Recipe….just click on the name.
Phenny and Flat Shoko left their blessings for those that had fought for their freedom.
Mr. Phenny’s dad took mom and dad for a drive through Normandy for a look at the different architecture of the houses. Mom says this big house looks very official so perhaps its being used as a museum.
Too soon it was time to go back to Paris and catch the train. They left early and arrived in Paris around noonish. Mom was very overcome saying good bye to Katty and Phenny. Phenny’s dad helped carry suitcases into the station. Mom and dad thank you so much for the unforgettable visit with such fabulous peeps and of course, the one and only Da Phenny.
It was time to get on the Eurostar train and head for London from Gare du Nord. The Eurostar goes 200 MPH. It took about 2 hours to fly the rails to London. They spent a total of 20 minutes in the Chunnel. Mom and dads last view of Paris from the rails. Isn’t this the Metro mom?