Sunday, August 03, 2014
hello and goodbye
Our last day in London. How does it come so fast? I swear I just checked in here. Time to move on!
We picked up Joseph and took him to buy a cheapo phone from the Carphone Warehouse. By way of Subway. Which tastes so incredibly bland - is is this bad in the states, too? It's been a while. But Joseph livened things up with his magic tricks! Pick a card.
We walked through Kensington Gardens where a pug party was in progress. There were about 25 pugs running around, fighting, rolling in the dirt, and licking people's legs. It was entertaining.
After the museum, we hit every store I could think of that a teenaged boy would love:
The Conran Shop: Full of cool, modern furniture, lighting, and art - but with a basement full of handmade toys!
FOPP: the shop Miles discovered on day two. Joseph bought a Japanese anime DVD. I admired a Civil Wars LP and almost bought it. Almost.
Forbidden Planet: Yes, we were here yesterday. But I did promise Miles we would return. So we did. And I sat on a step across the street and read my book while the boys looked and browsed and bought a few nerdy posters. I told them they could stay in there as long as they wanted, and whoo-boy! Did they!
( I should mention that I made a purchase myself: this sweet Batman mask for Hugh.)
The Design Centre: It's full of graphic art and supplies. We entered a contest where you had to draw your own picture in 30 seconds. Our results are posted above my head.
Orbital Comics: More comic books!
TokyoToys: A store full of....you guessed it...toys from Tokyo! That was a solid thirty minutes.
Hamleys: The largest toy store in London. Most of the stuff was too juvenile for the boys, but I got a little excited about all of the classic London soldiers, double-decker buses, and tube trains. I snuck a picture when the boys weren't looking and couldn't judge me.
The Vintage Magazine Store: A classic. Movie memorabilia, campy cards, loony t-shirt. When will the madness stop? Never, I tell you, never!
Wagamama: This one was for me.