London 2018

Westminster bridge and the Big Ben

 

I lived in London in the past, I have been over a hundred times as a tourist, and every time I go back I still enjoy it as if it was my first time there! When I have only a short trip to London I make the most of it every single time, and although it would depend in what are your main interests I will tell you what I did the last time we were in London, it was Marsi’s (3years old) 2nd time in London and Mercuri’s (11 months old) first time.

We stayed in the center of London, there are many options to stay in depending on your budget, but I would recommend staying near Trafalgar Square , The Strand , Covent Garden or Waterloo as they are within walking distance to the main attractions.

 

 

Westminster Palace

 

The first “must see” in London I would say it is the Big Ben, that in the past it was officially called the Clock Tower and in 2012 it changed his official name to Elizabeth Tower in honor of Queen Elizabeth and the 60 years she had been in throne… this 2018 will be her 66th year in throne and whatever his official name is I think everybody will always recognize it as the BIG BEN.  I remember since I was a little girl I would synchronize my watch to the Big Ben to be in time!

Abuela, Mercuri & Big Ben

 

 

 

This time we got to see the Big Ben in a different way, he was been taking care and their will be doing some conservation work during a total of 4 years until 2021, despite this we got to appreciate the Westminster Palace and the walk over Westminster bridge which pathway now is protected with some kind of hard barriers to protect all tourists.

 

 

 

 

If I had to describe London weather in a word I would say “gray” it does have a sunny days, warm days, beautiful days, but many of those beautiful days have most of the time a touch of gray, rain or clouds, and it is still beautiful because the weather is part of London and this time was not the exception, we had freezing windy gray days!

Buckingham Palace
The mall

 

 

The Buckingham Palace is also a “must see” , and if you get the chance to see the changing of the guard it is a very good experience, you get to see the horses parade , the bands playing music and the changing of the guard , for this you have to be early enough to get a place next to the gates of the Palace but to see the horses you have to be on the road side… so chose your pick or run from one place to the other and try to squeeze in, don’t forget to take water and snacks if you have little kids because it will be a long wait for them and if you leave to get something you’ll lose your spot.

Whitehall Palace
Nelson’s column at Trafalgar Square

 

 

Trafalgar square commemorates a British naval victory of the Trafalgar battle and to me is also a London must see because it is a very beautiful place and you can spend nice time, you can have a coffee in the stairs, you can visit the National Gallery, you can sit to watch the fountains or you can climb up the famous Lions surrounding Nelson’s column like we did! Actually the Trafalgar Lions are cast in bronze from the cannons of ships defeated in the Battle of Trafalgar, so there is a little bit of history in everything you see!

Trafalgar Lions
The London Eye

 

Marsi & Mercuri in the London Eye
London eye is fun!

 

If you travel with kids you should definitely go on The London Eye, a big wheel where you can do a 30 minutes ride to see London from the sky!

The ride will amaze your kid’s eyes and your own! Depending on the weather you will be able to see as far as the London 2012 Olympic
Stadium.

 I’d suggest to buy your tickets in advance to avoid long wait specially with young children but even if you buy it before the last line you will have to do it anyway. 

 

 

Southbank

 

Having a walk in Southbank is something you can do with your family , you will walk next to the Thames, you will enjoy the nature and the artists that are over there entertaining all the tourists trying to make a living out of it. If you are lucky enough you will get a free concert  from a very talented musician and who knows what else, so try to appreciate everything you get to see because you a lucky to be alive! 

Picadilly Circus

 

Picadilly Circus

 

Picadilly Circus is a walk you also have to do, you can have yummy cinnamon rolls to take away and from there you can go up to Oxford Street and back, you can go in Hameley’s if you want to buy the perfect toy, they’ll have everything you want! Then go back to Soho and and then to Leicester Square where you can have take away food and you can buy also tickets to any musical theatre you want to assist.

Lego store

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very near Leicester Square, just up the street next to the M&M’s world there is a restaurante I like quite much “Burger & Lobster” where you can chose your very own lobster, you chose the wight, size and the way you want it to be cooked, the restaurant has a lot of room and you can even sit with your double stroller next to you to enjoy your meal and let your kids sleep if they are having a nap, they when they wake up you can take them to see the Lobsters swimming and then enjoy it in their tummy! After this I recommend going out for dessert to Bubblewrapwaffle, where you can customize your ice cream, a waffle cone, delicious icecream and a variety of toppings you can chose makes it the perfect dessert!

Red telephone box

You can’t leave London without taking a photo in a red telephone box! You can still find them and you can still call your loved ones from them! And now some of them even offer free wifi!

  St James Park

 

 

London has so many things to offer, a lot of museums, parks, attractions, even just popping on a red bus is a fun thing to do, you can enjoy everything in London, and once again, don’t hesitate to take your kids with you on holidays! Even the babies enjoy them and appreciate everything, and what they love the most is being with you, so take them with you if you can!

 

 

 

 

London morning run

 

Have a run early morning to enjoy the view of the famous monuments without all the crowd !

Waterloo Bridge
Waterloo Bridge
Red bus

    

 

 

 

 

PRAGUE 2018

Prague is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve even been! My favorite area is Prague’s Old Town and is all beautiful from the Old Town Square to Charle’s Bridge! Wherever you turn your head to you see a beautiful well maintained building! Last time I was in Prague was 18 years ago and I remember perfectly one building with paintings on the facade and today, 18 years later it looks like it was done yesterday! You can see that they restore and they take care of every detail to keep the charm of the city! Even if you are not into architecture you will appreciate the city!    

 

 

 

 

Last time I was in Prague was 18 years ago and I remember perfectly one building with paintings on the facade and today, 18 years later it looks like it was done yesterday! You can see that they restore and they take care of every detail to keep the charm of the city!     

 

 

 

Prague’s Castle is one of the places to visit, it is the official office of the President of the Czech Republic.

 

 

 

 

Matt (my husband) says, you have to earn the best views of the world! And in this case you have the option to earn the view like my mom and I did walking up pushing up our double stroller (over 40kg with both boys in) a long and steep way up from Charle’s bridge,  you can take a taxi, bus or a tour bus like we did the second time when we went up with Matt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you are up there you can visit the St Vitus Cathedral, a beautiful gothic church and the Basilica of St George.

Basilica St George
St Vitus Cathedral

 

 

 

 

 

We took a boat tour that we and specially our kids loved! It was a one hour tour on a classic oldish boat on the Vltava river, you go under the famous Charle’s bridge, you see Prague’s Castle on the top of the hill , you spot the corner of the swans, and you get a little bit of history of Prague from your boat’s captain , it is a worth trip!

 

 

 

I could spend hours walking back and forth all the 621mt of the Charle’s bridge, along the bridge there are 30 statues and as it is 10mt wide so you can go from side to side and spend hours,  it is so beautiful, the views are so pretty all over around, the ambiance it is great, peaceful and happy and artists are painting and playing music that it makes it just a perfect place to hang around!

 

 

When in Prague you can’t leave without having at least ONE pork knee! It is an unique experience and hard to find somewhere else! We had an amazing one in a restaurant underground! Will post the details later!

 

 

 

You also have to have they speciality bread the “Trdelník” we had a couple of them every day to keep us warm and we all love them and now miss them!!!

And if you want to go to the BEST restaurant in Prague, you’ll find it next to the Charle’s Bridge! Details coming soon!

 

 

 

 

I didn’t talk about the astrological clock because it has been covered to work on some renovation work so we got our photo with the chocolate one! So we have to go back to get one with the real one!

 

 

 

 

THANK YOU PRAGUE

 

 

 

Thank you for reading!

Our next trip will be London, so stay tuned!

Rocky and Family

World Travellers

“Our family is our home”

BERLIN 2018

Here we were! Our first trip of the year 2018 was a an awesome and freezing week in Berlin!

If you want to go to Berlin you can have a good time all year long, although if you go in january like us, you risk to get frozen hands and ears! So don’t forget to pack up all your winter clothes and many many layers for your kids! This was the first trip to Germany for Marsi (2 years old) and Mercuri (10months old) and I can tell you it is never too early to travel with your kids, Marsi’s first trip was to Nevado de Toluca, a Volcano at over 4680mt over sea level and his first flight was to Cancun, Mexico when he was just three weeks old and Mercuri like Marsi had their first transatlantic flight when they were just over 1 month old, so it is never too early to let your kids enjoy all your adventures with you!

ABUELA & MERCURI

 

This time it was “Abuela” who invited us to Germany! We are so lucky to have her in our lives and we are even luckier to have her strong to play with M & M and enjoy all this experiences together! GRACIAS for everything BELA!

MELIA BERLIN

 

 

 

 

We stayed at the Melia Berlin and it was a good choice as it is very well placed to visit the center of Berlin, within walking distance to Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charly, many restaurants, and the main train station is just 2 minutes away so you can either take a taxi/uber like we did to arrive to the hotel or take the train to the airport like we did which is a lot cheaper and very handy when you have a double stroller that you don’t want to fold every time to get in a car.

 

 

 

Every morning I did my morning run as usual, and as I am still breastfeeding  I have to nurse Mercuri right before I leave because if he get’s hungry when I’m away, specially when he wakes up , nothing and nobody can calm him down so every run is a time trial run for the moment , and what I love of my morning runs is to get photos taken of me in touristic places with no much people or not people at all because tourists don’t usually wake up so early to go sightseeing, so a hint if you don’t want all your photos with a crowd behind and next to you, wake up early and go for a run!

 

 

BRANDENBURG GATE
REICHSTAG

 

Berlin has some very beautiful historical buildings as well as very nice modern buildings , many museums, galleries, monuments and we can see it is a “new” city despite it’s old history and I personally felt something… I can’t explain it in words, but I had mixed feelings , I was happy, enjoying with my family, feeling their love and feeling grateful for all we have and  I just wished all the people who suffered in there would have just lived happy moments…

 

 

BRANDENBURG GATE
MARSI & MERCURI GENDARMENMARKT

    

 

 

We tried all the bretzels in Berlin and we can deffinitely say you will find the best ones in DITSCH! Mercuri loved them as much as I did , and it did help us keeping warm when we were walking  at -3ºc !!! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We took the hop on and off bus and it is worth it specially when it’s cold and you have kids, but for me, the best way to visit Berlin was in the electric carriage, if you get a chance I definitely recommend you to do it!  We did the whole city and spent two hours , we stopped where we wanted to take photos and passed by where we just wanted to look a bit, M & M loved it and they fell asleep after a while but they did enjoy it so if you have kids don’t hesitate to do this, and if you have a stroller don’t worry about it, if our double stroller got in, yours will!

PRETTY CHAUFFEUR 😉

 

ALEXANDERPLATZ

Our next trip will be PRAGUE! Stay tuned!

THANK YOU FOR READING!

ROCKY & FAMILY PAPIN ISLAS

WORLD TRAVELLERS

“OUR FAMILY IS OUR HOME”

 

2018 will be here soon!!! STAY TUNED!

Because we like doing things well, in 2018 we are officially launching our world traveller family website, social networks, blog and video channel , stay tuned!

Por que nos gusta hacer las cosas bien, en 2018 haremos el lanzamiento oficial de nuestra familia viajera por el mundo!