22 December 2011
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLEN!! When I was planning activities for today I wanted to make it all about Ellen’s favorite things. So we did Beatles, birthplace of punk music (the good kind) and Harrod’s… ok that one was for Mom.
First we took a bus ride up to St John’s Wood to see Abbey Rd! Or at least we thought the bus was going to take us there. Instead, we ended up way north in Hampstead, which is a cute town but not where we wanted to be…. So we got back on the bus and got off at a stop we passed on the way up and walked the rest of the way to the “crossing”.
When we reached Abbey Road Studios we signed the wall. Except experience taught me not to sign the painted part of the wall because the studio paints over it every two or three months (my first signing was gone when I went back the second time) so we signed the wooden door next to the wall. Then we walked over to the crossing and I went to the little statue island to get a good angle on the picture. It turned out pretty well, but I should have zoomed in a little. Then Mom took a picture of me and Ellen, which would have turned out well if 1. I didn’t mess up my form (again) and 2. a tall guy didn’t step right in front of the camera as Mom was taking the picture. Who does that?!
Anyway, when that one was done we walked up to the St John’s Wood tube stop to check out the Beatles coffee shop. Ellen got a Revolver mug, we got a deck of the really cool Beatles cards for Dad, and a Yellow Submarine coloring book for ourselves. Can’t wait to start coloring the pictures!
Then we took the tube to Camden Town! We walked through the outdoor markets first so Mom and Ellen could see the canal and the cool motorcycle seats people sit on to eat, and then we went into the Stable Markets. I found out last time I went in there that they are a never-ending maze of stalls and food stands, so instead of wandering around too much I led us straight to area I liked the best. It’s a little more vintage than other parts, with boxes of old pictures and maps, a stall that sells awesome, old suitcases (the ones with the old travel stickers), and used book stands. I found a book at one of the stands that had a book on Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club so I got that for Dad.
When were done checking out the stalls we went outside and walked up Chalk Farm Road a little. Ellen took some pictures of the huge sculpture things that are on the buildings and I showed them Amy Winehouse’s old pub. Then we caught a bus to Belsize Park, which was an area I hadn’t been to before. We went up there because there was a Prezzo restaurant, and Ellen decided that’s where she wanted to go for her birthday dinner. The food was really great! I had a pizza and Mom and Ellen both had pasta dishes. It was nice and warm in there :)
The last thing on our list for the day was to go to Harrod’s. The windows were so cool! They were all crystal with blue lights and feathers. We walked through a bunch of the departments, including Christmas World, Harry Potter World, furniture, chandeliers and then we stumbled upon all the food rooms. There were SO MANY! There was a produce room, and seafood hall, candy, and a gourmet meats/cheeses/dishes etc. Everything looked delicious.
On our way home we stopped at Tesco to get birthday desserts. Mom and I got Magnum ice cream bars and Ellen got a toffee pudding mousse cup. Yum!
Yay Ellen’s birthday!