April in Paris. This time we have our mothers with us, first time in Paris for Oma and umpteenth time for Nana. After a speedy trip through the chunnel, we checked into our hotel, ate a late lunch, and walked over to Notre Dame.
Oma can’t believe she is seeing Paris now in her old age. The city has such a different character from London. Oma and I will probably focus on the main tourist sites over the next couple of days, while Nana and Michael will visit other places.
On a day with perfect weather, we enjoyed a lovely outing to Kew Gardens, located about 10 miles from central London along the River Thames. Daffodils and cherry trees were in full bloom, along with other spring flowers. A beautiful English spring day!
The Kew Explorer, a small, hop on-hop off land train, took us around the park to see different areas, including this water lily pond where a beautiful peacock strutted his stuff.
Kew Gardens also has some historic glasshouses that we visited. Oma even climbed the spiral staircase in the Temperate House to get the birds-eye view!
The Gardens seemed to have every species of plant. We saw many varieties of palm trees, as well as coffee trees, ebony, a jade vine with unusual colored blossoms, a tree tomato, and date palms. I loved the Australian Tree Ferns – trees that are also ferns!
Of course, we needed tea and scones at the Orangery to fuel the long journey home.
I love visiting Michael’s office. Today we shared the views with our moms (aka mums).
One thing I love about London is the mix of architecture, from Roman times to modern buildings. The Broadgate Tower has views over all of it from one of the most modern structures!