Wednesday, September 23, 2015
In November my husband and I will celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. I know, that is a long time. I'll wait while some of you figure out how old I must be. Just so you know, I was very young when I got married...
Anyway, this past weekend my husband gave me my anniversary gift early. We are going to London for a week in April. Without the kids, they are going to spend the week with my parents. Before anyone starts feeling too sorry for them, they have done this before and they are convinced they are getting the better part of the deal. They are spoiled rotten by my parents, eat all their favorite foods, visit relatives they don't get to see too often, and basically get to call the shots for the whole week. I don't think they miss us at all.
My husband told me about the trip right away because he says he knows half the fun of a trip is the anticipation and the planning. He is so right. Whenever I am grumpy, tired, stressed, bored, or basically anything else, I grab my laptop and do a little London research. It is guaranteed to lift my mood.
We have been to London before multiple times but we just love it. It is our happy place. Do other people have places that just feel right? We can go on vacation to other places and we have a great time and the location is beautiful but we never forget we are on vacation and we can't picture ourselves living there. The U.K. is different. I just have a bit of a love affair going on with it. Maybe it comes from all the British authors I have spent my life reading. I am sure I have an idealized view of it, but that is okay. Thankfully, my husband loves it as much as I do.
I think one of the nice things about a vacation like this is that you can be a different person for a week. Life in London is so different from my everyday life. I live in a small town in Connecticut. It is a little isolated, people frequently find me too reserved, and they can't understand my love of books. Don't misunderstand, it is a good place to raise kids and it has a lot of very nice people but I am a bit of a fish out of water. When we go to London I can be another me. Someone who walks down city streets, sits in coffee shops, and has conversations with people about books. (I almost deleted this paragraph because I am afraid I sound arrogant but I am trusting you all to understand that is not what I mean.)
So is there anyone from the London area who reads my blog? Do you have any recommendations for me? We have done a lot of the basic tourist stuff and done some day trips outside the city, but if anyone has ideas for slightly out of the way things I would really appreciate it. Bookstore recommendations would be great. Oh, a few years ago we visited Osterley Park and really enjoyed it. Are there any other National Trust properties that can be easily accessed by underground or train?
So basically, I have the best husband. I think I'll keep him around for another 25 years.