Sunday, 16 December 2012


It's after 1 in the morning and I can't sleep so I've downloaded an app to see if I can blog on my we'll see how it goes.

I'm on my travels. Cardiff  has been reassuringly familiar. The city centre is a little grander,but still essentially the same. The walk from my mum's through the park down to the sea front and on to the pier is the same. The beach full of pebbles waiting for Sibs to throw into the brown murky Bristol Channel is the same...

I like that.

Everything about being home feels right. I am loving sitting in my mum's kitchen, drinking coffee and eating Jaffa Cakes. So simple, so familiar.

Sibs is having a ball too. From decorating the (real) Christmas tree to drinking copious amounts of hot chocolate to wearing her new ear warmers everywhere she goes!

Already in a week and a half there's been shopping in the city, a local matinee pantomime show, an evening at the theatre, a couple of days in Bath, a weekend in London and tomorrow we are off to Paris. I haven't got time to be tired!

Looking out of the window at Sydney Place, Bath. It was -3 degrees!
During the planning of this holiday I was the one that more or less came up with the ideas of the 'must do' places and booked the various trains, planes and automobiles. Neil on the other hand was tasked with finding accommodation. He knows that I'm a bit of a Jane Austen fan and whilst in Bath last week we stayed in the house where she actually lived!

His brief for Paris is - "somewhere that feels French...." He has excelled himself and I can't wait.

On our way across the channel to France we have been in London for a few days. Whilst Bath is beautiful, London is truly splendid and magnificent. I had forgotten quite how amazing it is.

Big Ben from the top of the London Eye
We have met up with three lots of lovely friends in London and the years apart have been forgotten in a minute. True friendships are like that. Even ournchildren sense it and became thick as thieves almost immediately.

At the gates of Buckingham Palace
Trafalgar Square where the pigeons were replaced by thousands of Santas!
I have been seeing familiar landmarks through the eyes of a child this week. It has brought back the wonder of the world....

I feel fortunate and happy that we have taken this opportunity to show Sibs some of her history and heritage.

Best get some sleep.... Paris awaits tomorrow



9 Comments and thoughts:

  1. Hi Beth, oh what a fantastic trip you are having. Your photos look wonderful. Have a great time in Paris. I shall look forward to hearing all about it.Much love, Linda x

  2. Sounds and looks like an amzing trip Beth. I am enjoying seeing your pics and loos forward to being green with envy at your Paris post!

  3. Hello Beth

    What a trip and you have brought back beautiful memories to me of my time in Bath and London. So special and I can appreciate how you feel when you say sipping tea and eating jaffa cakes. Continued joy as you travel on

    Helen xx

  4. I am loving traveling
    with you, Beth! Looks
    like a dream trip. Enjoy
    every wonderful minute....

    xo Suzanne

  5. How exciting Beth! Wow..just the words Paris can't say that every day! I am going to make sure I catch more of your amazing journey. You are so fortunate to have missed that 39 degree was a scorcher! Merry Christmas to you and your family xox

  6. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas. Safe travels xoxo

  7. I hope you had a great holiday and I can't wait to see you all when you to come back!

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