Monica had the privilege of traveling to England to visit her Aunt Terry. She was great company for her mother and a wonderful guest. She took photos of every new experience but that is too many to include here! We will share just an overview of the delightful adventure.
We drove across the Ambassador Bridge into Canada and noticed lots of wind turbines along the highway. We checked in at the Toronto airport. We charged our phones and enjoyed the iPads for travelers. The flight to London was smooth. Monica brought knitting, books, workbooks and her iPad. She was too busy to sleep, but when she got on the train out of Gatwick airport she gave in to a few winks.
We changed trains at St. Pancras/Kings Cross. We bought postcards and stamps there.
Monica’s Uncle David picked us up at the Scarborough train station in a car with the steering wheel on the right side and drove on the left side of the road!
Monica loved relaxing and sharing a cup of tea with her family there, but still did her best to help out with emptying and loading the dishwasher and setting the table.
Since we were there for Mardi Gras, Uncle David took us to the Scarborough events for Pancake Day. The Pancake Races had teams from different organizations running obstacle courses while flipping pancakes in crazy costumes. Then we walked to the sea to see Skipping day in which the children remember skipping with the old fishing ropes when the fisherman replaced them with new.
For the first Friday of Lent, Uncle David brought in Fish and Chips and Mushy Peas!
Monica’s cousins arrived on the weekend and we celebrated a birthday together.
Monica was the one who knew how to set the timer on the phone to take a group photo!
On a very windy day, we drove around Scarborough castle and saw the north beach.
After a week of really getting to know her aunt and uncle, we had to leave. We took the train back to London and Monica’s cousin’s girlfriend met us for a walking tour of Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square, a view of a guard and the entrance to Buckingham Palace, then a stop at the Treasury where her cousin works, a peek at Big Ben and the Eye.
Then supper and good night’s sleep before the Uber taxi took us to the train back to Gatwick.
It was a very long flight with an unplanned fuel and de-icing stop in Quebec City. Monica played her President’s game on her iPad so many times she hit a new high score.
Back at Toronto airport, we scraped the snow off the car when we found it in the long term lot and headed for home. We were so happy to be greeted by Monica’s nieces and nephew!