We ended up getting to London much later on Monday than we planned. And Connor was quite the handful on the flight down. Thankfully, the underground put him right to sleep. And about traveling the underground with babies, talk about a pain in the butt. All those stairs and all those people make it hard to get around. Although, due to sensory overload, Connor always seemed like he was in a trance when we were down there!

On Tuesday, we headed over to the Winter Wonderland, London’s Christmas village. I was so excited for this. Unfortunately, it was a bit of a letdown. I don’t know if it was because we were freezing our butts off or because Connor was screaming his head off, it just wasn’t that great.

Notice how Connor didn’t even bother to smile in the photo!

Connor met Santa for the first time at the Winter Wonderland. He didn’t seem to impressed or interested. It was probably due to his mood.

That night we met some friends for dinner who now live in London. They got to see first hand what it is like to dine out with a one year old! And Connor was in rare form on that night. The kid couldn’t sit still for a second and wanted to run all around the restaurant. He was a bit of a handful. Oh well.

After that, we headed over to the Tower of London for the Ceremony of the Keys. It is a ritual that takes place every night. The tickets were free, we just had to apply for them in advance. Photos weren’t allowed, but it was a cool ceremony. Making it even better, Connor slept through the whole thing!

Here are some pictures of the Tower Bridge from Tuesday night:

Wednesday we took it easy. We shopped for a couple hours at Selfridges…think Harrods, but younger and hip. It was lots of fun strolling around and looking at things that are way overpriced. They had some Christmas characters running around the store and one stopped and played with Connor for a solid 5 minutes. It was cute. Then we walked over to Downing Street for me to meet with David Cameron. For some reason, I was denied entrance. Oh well. Then we saw Big Ben and the London Eye on our trek back to the hotel.

It was a good couple of days in London. And, as always when traveling with a little person, there were lots of stops and we took a slower pace than normal…and made sure to only go places that were noisy! I hate having people look at me when my kid is squawking and he definitely hasn’t learned how to use an inside voice yet.

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