London – Part 2

With barely two days in London, we weren’t able to do much, although we did enjoy napping in Hyde Park on multiple occasions. The evening of the first day in London was our only night spent there, so after work, we headed over to our favorite footbridge and then to our favorite chain restaurant in the UK: Wagamama.  On our second day, we met Seth for lunch at a delicious natural foods place (I had a sweet potato portabello burger – portabello mushrooms surrounding a sweet potato pattie, in a bun. delicious!). That evening it was off to Paris on the Eurostar!

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Seth had some work to do in London, so Jax and I got to spend two days hanging around our old neighborhood. First, we took a nap and a stroll in Hyde Park by the fountains.

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Then we walked down Oxford Street to do a little shopping. I picked up these shoes for myself…

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and some shoes for Jax that say “little explorer” on them.

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This sweatshirt was appropriate ?? and also on sale ?? so we picked it up, too.

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And I couldn’t go to Marks & Spencer without picking up these blueberry and oat cookies I discovered last summer:

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Here’s the view from our hotel room in Paddington Station.

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We are back from over three weeks of traveling! Jax was such a good sport and didn’t seem to mind being whisked from place to place, visiting five cities in three countries in less than a month.

Our first stop was Oxford, the reason for our trip over the Atlantic. I gave a paper (based on a chapter in my dissertation) at the Society for French Studies Annual Conference. It was a pleasure meeting other scholars of France and even reconnecting with a former graduate school colleague. I had to bring Jax to registration the first day, and to say good-bye on the last day as well (Seth was in London doing some work on those days, coming to Oxford in the middle for my presentation day). Everyone was understanding, although if the weather wasn’t so wonderful, I’m not sure bringing a 9-month-old to an academic conference would ever be a good idea!

In all, a great three days in this famous capitol of learning.

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OK, where to next?