The Roving Richards

A family on the move

Going Home

Day 9, Sunday January 13th:  Going home

Bummer, our final day in London.  And not much of a day either.  We packed, and then went downstairs for our final breakfast.  Genevieve was so good, no food on the ground or the tray.  Finally!  After breakfast we called the porter to get our bags and then took a cab to Paddington Station to catch the Heathrow Express.  There is a British Airways ticket counter in the station, so we could check our luggage there and be done with it.  Apparently it is almost as cheap for two people to take a cab all the way to Heathrow as it is to pay for the cab ride/ train ticket combo, but as we had no cash and Genevieve likes trains anyhow, we declined the driver’s offer.

Once we had checked in, we went looking for the train, and I stumbled on the Paddington Bear stand.  I had been looking for a bear there and was so glad to see this, at the last minute.  So I got Genevieve a Paddington bear from Paddington Station, and the book too (which I do remember reading as a child).  We boarded the train off to Heathrow.  Once we got to Heathrow we didn’t have as much time as we thought we would.  We went to a couple of stores but then it was time to get to the gate and board.  I got the carseat in in no time, and we were off.  This time the person in front of Genevieve was a Spanish guy.  Thankfully he was very understanding of the constant seat kicking.  Genevieve was good on this trip too, and I even got to watch two movies (Serendipity and American Beauty).  The flight crew was also friendlier than the last time.  And then we were home!  Mark’s mom picked us up at the airport, and was Genevieve ever happy to see her grandmother!

It was a really really nice trip, and I’m so glad we got to go.  I would heartily recommend that anyone considering traveling with a small child just do it!  Probably it won’t be as bad as you think, and you can still see the world instead of waiting until the children are older.

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