Happy Holidays from London

We are spending our Christmas holidays in London! I know that Christmas was yesterday, but if I had to guess most of you are still enjoying your Christmas tree, decorations and leftovers.

We had a different Christmas this year. We are spending our Christmas holidays in London because my youngest son lives in France and since he plays professional volleyball, he didn’t have enough time off to come home to Southern California. So we all went to him.

So Christmas day was very different. We are in a lovely flat in London but we have no Christmas tree and no traditions. No stockings, no gifts from mom and dad (we treated everyone to the trip as our gift) and it was really different. And perhaps a bit underwhelming.

I am so old fashioned and such a stickler for traditions that it’s probably my fault for making such a big deal about Christmas every year. So there were a few moments today that we all missed those traditions. I couldn’t make my mom’s Overnight Sausage Casserole because I couldn’t find most of the ingredients at the store. I did make a big Christmas french toast breakfast which was quite a feat since our Airbnb rental had nothing in the kitchen (except silverware). A quick phone call to the owner and two pans and a wooden spatula arrived. But trust me, it was pretty funny trying to make a big breakfast with so little to work with. Fortunately, it worked out just fine.

So enough about today. I am happy because I am with our family. That’s all I need for Christmas. Every year.

London is one of the nicest cities I have ever been to. I have traveled a lot and it’s really been wonderful. We have pretty much seen every single site in London.


My favorite photo was the one we took on Abbey Road. I have always been a huge Beatles fan.

Those are my boys.

Today we are heading to France. We are taking the train from London to Paris. And then we head to Strasbourg. We will spend a few days in France and then we will be in Geneva. I may not be blogging as often as we will be pretty busy. But I am sure you understand that!

Happy Holidays. And Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

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  1. It all sounds Wonderful, Leslie
    We travelled to Europe in the winter many yrs ago. If you get the chance to go
    To mont blanc and Chamonix, do it!! The villages there were charming. The village of Megeve France, was horse drawn and charming. My husband fulfilled his lifetime dream of skiing in the Alps.
    Do beware, the swans on Lake Geneva bite! Don’t ask me how I know, LOL
    Sounds like a wonderful and memorable family holiday, safe travels!!

  2. It means so much to be with family! Enjoy your special time. I am so happy to have come across your IG account and blog. Thank you for sharing your life with us. I look forward to your email and IG posts every day. My daughter and sister are now followers too! Happy New Year!!

  3. Such a wonderful experience! As a fellow Beatles fanatic, I also journeyed to Abbey Road. London in s such a great city, and I can’t wait to visit again. We just drove 13 hours to be with our son and his family. Worth every mile.

    Enjoy your time with your family. – no matter where you are, it’s the most important Thing!

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