It was one of those day's when you know your trip is just about over and
you are starting to think about getting packed for home, but ya still
want to do a couple more things with your trip.
We aren't big shoppers, so we really didn't want to go shopping all that much.
We did however what to find something British for Emelaine to take home.
So we headed for the "Worlds Biggest Toy Store", Hamleys.
It is like this 900 floor mega kid heaven. And we of course had to
explore each floor so Emelaine could make an informed decision.
They have boy floors, and girl floors and baby floors and action figure floors.
Stuffed animal floors and lego floors and. . . well, you get the picture.
But what they really lack was a floor that said; "This toy is about England."
There really wasn't anything in this store that you couldn't find at a Walmart or something,
only lots more of it.
But very few things jumped out and said 'this toy about something English'; an English character
or storybook toy. No Noddy's or Rubert's. And heaven forbid, even in the build a bear part of the store, there was no Sherlock Holmes build a bear! That should have seemed, well, elementary, Watson.
I guess Harry Potter is English, and there was some of that stuff, but he is a little old for our daughter.
Well, in the end, Emelaine came home with an enamel tea set, which she loves,
She got to pose with Buzz, and Harry
and really got overwhelmed with every thing to see,
but as a dad, (who was also overwhelmed,) I was disappointed.
After our only shopping spree we headed to Trafalgar Square again just to make sure we got a
good picture of Robin spinning Emelaine in front of the Lions
(I think that it is something her side of the
family has to do in what ever country they visit.)
And Emelaine got to see the lions again.
And we also made our only Sherlockian pilgrimage of the trip to the Sherlock Holmes pub.
Although the pub is very pretty, at least on this trip the food wasn't very good and they were out of
the Sherlock Holmes ale.
We made our way back to Babsi's to pack up for an early night, for a too early flight the next morning.
It was overall a great vacation.
We got to canal boat.
We got to spend the week at the seaside.
We got to visit good friends and family.
I got to hit a lot of pubs with great food and great beer.
I can't wait to go back.