Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Ecologic Park, Farm, and Outdoor Gym

We have been quite blessed with good weather lately, so on Sunday afternoon we took a long stroll along the river. We first hit the Ecologic Park, where we enjoyed a nice picnic and some relaxation; we then headed to Surrey Docks Farm, where we played with the animals, and this time Emilia was much less scared and was happy to walk around by herself. At the farm we also bought fresh eggs with which we made a big and super yummy courgettes frittata for dinner. On the way back we also hit an outdoor gym where we all gave it a go and had lots of fun. It was another beautiful family day out. I am so so happy my parents are in town! Well, as I write, they are actually enjoying a three-day mini holiday in Bruges...but they will be back soon, very soon, and Emilia can't wait for her *regalo*!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, 21 July 2014

Afternoon Tea at Sketch

Remember a couple of months ago Rob took us to Sketch for a lovely breakfast on a warm Saturday morning? Well, my niece Nicole saw the pictures of the famous egg toilets and got super jealous. So, in occasion of her tenth birthday, I treated her to a wonderful Afternoon Tea there. She loved it and couldn't stop thanking me! On the other hand, I considered it a second birthday celebration for myself too. Sketch is such a magical place that I could celebrate every special occasion there! It's a bit pricey, I will admit, but when I saw Nicole's excitement on her face, just wandering around the property, checking out the egg toilets as well as the princess toilet, money was the last thing in my mind!

 
 
 

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Peppa Pig World

About a year ago, while walking out of the London Bridge tube station, my eyes caught a leaflet of a new theme park that had just opened in honour of the one and only Peppa Pig. I knew one day we would venture there...and that day was last Friday! On Friday morning we took the train from London Waterloo to Southampton Central and from there it was a ten minute taxi ride to Peppa Pig World. My parents, Rob, Emilia and I were all super excited to spend a fun day out. And boy did we have fun! 

The train ride was smooth and Emilia was captivated by all the people around her. She was very good and when she wasn't busy overhearing the conversations from her neighbours, she played with her activity book. 

 

The taxi ride from Southampton Central station to the park, on the other hand, wasn't very smooth and Emilia was quite distressed. But we got there, in the end. And once inside the park, we were all in haven! We all loved it. The park is perfect for kids and toddlers and most of the rides are suitable for little ones. Emilia's favourite was by far the dinosaur's ride! 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

And of course, we met Peppa! And George. This time, Emilia was a little bit less scared by Peppa and wanted to get closer and closer (but not too close!). 

 
 





Peppa Pig World is actually part of a bigger, and older, theme park. So, once we were done with all the rides in Peppa World, we ventured to the rest of the park. I really liked walking through the botanical gardens and we all enjoyed a ride on the Victorian carousel. 

 

We left just five minutes before the park closed and this time the taxi ride back to the train station went very well. Emilia was happy, in fact, she was ecstatic. She kept saying *Peppa World* and gave all of us lots of gratitude kisses! It was such a lovely family day out and a perfect way to celebrate my first day as an older lady :)

Saturday, 19 July 2014

35 and counting ...

Last Thursday, on July 17th, I turned thirty-five years old. I have now officially entered the second half of my thirties. When I was younger, I always waited with excitement and anticipation for my birthday and always wanted to celebrate with my family and friends. This year, I woke up on the day of my birthday and was surprised to receive so many emails and texts, until I realised that it was for my birthday and people were simply sending me birthday wishes. I kind of forgot! I suppose, at some point in our lives we no longer want to grow old. In my mind, I am still twenty-one! 

Anyway, I spent a lovely day with Rob, Emilia and my parents who flew in the night before and received a lot of love from all over the world. In the evening, Rob took me out to a very nice Italian restaurant, Del Mercato, next to Borough Market where we had a yummy fish dinner. It was very relaxing to stroll along the river and around Borough Market, still one of my favourite spots in London. I may be older but I still got excited to be at the centre of the attention and if I had a birthday cake with thirty-five candles and the whole restaurant singing happy birthday to me, I am sure I would have just loved it! And what is age, anyway?!?

 
 
 
 
 
 



Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The rest of Baltimore

It has been a bit over a week since we got back to London and we are slightly getting over jet lag. I have to say, this time it has been particularly rough on us and even last night I was up late and struggled to fall asleep. As we are slowly getting back to routine, I flipped through the pictures I took during the trip and thought to share some more with you. We spent most of the week visiting friends and family, took lots of nature walks, blew lots of bubbles, chased rabbits and birds, anxiously awaited for the mailman to come, and relaxed at home as much as we could. Here is the rest of the trip in pictures.