Although I wish my sister, BIL, and niece lived closer, I can't really complain that I get to visit them in the magnificent London. Last year, I had the chance to stay for longer, while this trip was a quickie. I left from Newark, NJ on July 25th. I had to drive down to the Howard Johnson Hotel (which was quite nice) because I picked the cheapest flights which included an 8am departure. Albany is just too far to try to get that done in one day, so I spent the night before and was able to leave my car there for the week.
It was my first time flying Virgin Atlantic, and everything went very smoothly. I read for almost the entire flight, with a few times of playing with the interactive map on the the TV. Because I landed at 8pm, My sister ordered a car for me ( and I wish I had taken a photo of the man holding my name on a card, probably the first and last time that will ever happen) and I made my way to Nottinghill.
I finally got to meet my adorable niece Lily, who is as precious as she looks in this photo.
On my first full day, my dad and I took a walk in Hyde Park, it was an uncharacteristically beautiful day, and quite nice to just wander around. We ended up at the future Triathlon stadium, but clearly too early for the event.
All in all, it was another great trip to London. I'm already looking forward to my next trip across the pond!