Posted by Gary Denhard on Sep 11, 2018

London Trip report

Grant Paice has asked me for a trip report. Here we go. Cheryl and I were in London for most of August. Temperature was 32 degrees when we arrived. A marked contrast to Christchurch.

We both turned 70 recently and our son Paul and his wife Krupti bought us return tickets to London for our birthday presents. It is the fifth time we have been to London. Paul and Krupti have a house in Buckhurst Hill which is in Epping Forest about 30 minutes from the centre of London on the Central Line.

Main focus of the trip was to spend time with our grandchildren Jai (5) and Nikita (2).

We had a fabulous time. We call it going to the Health Camp. Lots of walking, healthy meals and reduced alcohol consumption.

Most of our time was in London, apart from 5 days holidaying at Centre Parcs Elvedon. This is a 400 acre forest park in Sherwood Forest designed specifically for young families. We had a 3 bedroom log cabin in the forest and there are over 200 activities to be involved in. A huge swimming complex designed for kids, tree-climbing, boating, archery, jet skis, 10-pin bowling, tennis etc. Also a small village with shops, bars and restaurants. An amazing place.

We also had day trips to Colchester and Braintree to catch up with extended family plus a cruise on the Thames to celebrate a birthday.

I am a history buff so while I was there visited the Imperial War Museum, Science Museum and also climbed up and down the 9 decks of HMS Belfast (a WWII Battle Cruiser).

Les Miserable is Cheryl’s favourite musical so we had dinner in the West End one night and went along to the show. 15 years since we last saw it in Sydney. Brilliant performers.

I tried to get to one of the two local Rotary Clubs but couldn’t fit it in. I wore my Papanui Rotary top quite often and this created introductions to various Rotarians during our visit.

A collage of trip photos is below.

We used to think living in Sydney was busy bit London runs at full speed.

This was a month of "full-on" activity living in a house with two toddlers. We loved every minute but home now getting ready in case the opportunity comes up again.