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On our first full day in London we had an appointment on Harley St. So we took the 55 bus from Hackney to Oxford St. After our appointment we walked. A lot. Seb was in the Red Racer and he did an amazing job on curbs, cobblestone walkways, and amongst the crowds of London shoppers and lunch goers. We stopped into John Lewis to pick up an umbrella, in case it rained. I used to spend a lot of time looking at (sometimes buying) baby stuff there before Seb was born. Ali laughed at me when I bought a brolly with a map of London on it, but it came to be quite useful! We walked through Oxford St, got fish-n-chips in Soho and took a lot of phone photos on Carnaby St, etc since we had left our camera back at the flat. Silly, I know. It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas…







Our only planned destination after our appointment was to visit Hamleys Toy Store. I badly wanted to try to replace the original Paddington Bear (for Sebastian) that was somehow misplaced by our movers in Egypt. After posing with Paddington Bear we were invited to a puppet show of The Gruffalo. We sat front and center and had a lot of laughs. We played with lots of toys, had a snack in the sweet shop and a fellow patron slyly drew a picture of me, handing it to Ali as he walked away. It’s funny to see how people see you. After a very thorough visit, I waited in a very long line for a few items which will find their way beneath the Christmas tree. On our way out we met a family with a boy Sebastian’s age who also had CP, also visiting from out of town. We had a lovely chat, introduced our boys and were on our way. It is nice to have that invisible bond; how often do you start up a conversation with a family standing next to yours outside the shops? Not often enough. A little bit of community, goes a long way.




Some of these photos are on instagram at freeastrees. The rest are on Flickr. If you’d like a link then leave a comment and I’ll send you an email.


3 thoughts on “Londontown”

  1. I am glad you had such a good time! Another family I know was in London this summer, and its always nice for me to hear stories.


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