On the evening of July 13 our friend Jennifer Ludlum Braverman arrived with her six year old daughter Sophie. We met Jennifer at Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Peabody. She worked as a staff nurse in the Emergency Department with Jim then transferred to the PACU and worked with Sandy. She married Igor Braverman who is an anesthesiologist at Lahey. Jennifer takes a yearly mother/daughter trip with Sophie so we invited her to visit us in London. This is their first European trip together. They came on a day flight arriving at around 9:30
In the afternoon we took them on their first double decker bus ride to Piccadilly Circus and then walked on to the Leicester Square area so Jennifer could pick up her London Pass tickets and an Oyster Card. We then walked them down The Strand to The Lyceum Theatre for The Lion King. We had lunch next door at The Wellington and tubed home. Sophie and Jenn took a taxi home after a long day.
On their second day here we had a big breakfast at home and a leisurely morning before taking them on their first tube ride to Westminster where we walked down Parliament and Whitehall streets by 10 Downing Street and on to the Household Cavalry Museum to see the Queen’s horse guards.
Sophie loves animals and wants to be a vet when she grows up and it was obvious from watching the things that she enjoyed the most and spent the most time at usually not wanting to leave at all. You will see all of the animal related activities that we took her to.
After about an hour in the Park Jennifer had to pull Sophie away from the birds and we walked across the park to Westminster Abbey.
We walked across the Westminster Bridge and left them at The SEA LIFE Centre London Aquarium. Jennifer had tickets for the London Aquarium, London Eye and an evening cruise on the Thames.
We continued walking down the Thames to Borough Market to have lunch and stock up on meat pies from Pieminister which we love. We had Malaysian curry and Ethiopian food from the market vendors before returning home. Sophies favorites for the day, aquarium and park.
You can see Jennifer and Sophie following the horses in the video above.
We also got to see the end of the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace.
We walked from the fountain to the green parakeet area in Hyde Park and were prepared with apples to feed the critters.
The plan for the last day before they left at 5:00pm was to all run two miles to Battersea Park and have Jennifer take Sophie to the children’s zoo there but Sophie didn’t want to run or walk so we did a 5.8 mile run expecting Jennifer to take a taxi to the zoo. She was unable to hail a taxi and after about 30 minutes she gave up and they both went to the park across the street and hung out there for a couple of hours.
We are septuagenarians doing our best to set an example as to what a good retirement looks and feels like. Feel free to travel along on a very personal journey with us. Just remember that the destination is not important, it is the journey that counts.
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