Christmas in London

It took me a bit to get to this blog. Sorry. I almost didn’t blog at all since we went to London this time of year two years ago. However, I have come to my senses and I want to spend just a moment to tell you how great our London visit actually was.

I think most people who travel have managed to spend some time in London. It’s a fairly common destination. But I don’t think that many have considered visiting during the Christmas season. In fact, when we went two years ago, we were not thinking about Christmas. It was Thanksgiving weekend, after all, and Thanksgiving had come early that year. The night city was brilliant with color, but we only caught a glimpse. That visit, we mostly ventured out during the daytime.

As we left, we agreed we must go back – specifically for the Christmas displays. This year, we did. This trip did not disappoint.

It was cool and drizzly the entire time we were there. We didn’t care. We walked miles and miles around the city at night in the drizzle and we had the time of our lives. It is stunningly beautiful and, in fact, I think the wet streets made our photos even more beautiful.

Each shopping district has its own theme. The lights – angels, snowflakes, stars, whatever- are strung for blocks across and over the busy London streets. One district (Piccadilly Circus I think) had these lovely sparkling angels as far as the eye could see.

Check out my Instagram for more photos and the video of the sparkly angels:

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My husband Skip and our daughter Taylor.
Don’t miss Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park!

Tulsa Time

When people think of vacation destinations, they may not be thinking of Tulsa, Oklahoma. But I’m here to tell you, they should be.

Tulsa has a new park called the Gathering Place (opened Sept 2018) and I’m fairly certain it’s one of the premier parks in the United States, if not the world. It’s been recognized as a top new attraction by USA Today. I’m not going to blather on about how great the Gathering Place is – words don’t do it justice. Please – just plan a visit and see for yourself.

Before our time at the park, we enjoyed coffee and a cinnamon roll at Shades of Brown, one of many adorable and inviting coffee shops in the greater Tulsa area. This one features local art and music and serves their yummy treats and beverages in hand-made clay pottery.

Dinner was at Mother Road Market, ‘Tulsa’s First Food Hall,’ a unique and freestanding food court sort of place with multiple offerings of every cuisine imaginable. It’s a fun atmosphere and there’s a small mini-golf course in the outdoor eating area. You don’t see that every day!

After some shopping and a bit of sightseeing, we ended up at Shuffles Board Game Cafe which was an absolute ton of fun. Pay a small fee and have access to the largest selection of board games you’ve probably ever seen. Sip a beverage and enjoy some (actually very good) food and relax. Stay and play as long as you like. We had a blast.

Worthy of mention, even though we didn’t visit on this trip, the Mayo Hotel is a great place to stay downtown. They have a very cool rooftop bar with lovely views of the city. Oh and the showers are stupendous.

Tulsa was the site of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots and a visit to the Greenwood Cultural Center is a must when you find yourself in the area. The story is not widely known, but it was one of the biggest and most tragic mass casualty attacks on black Americans in US history. This book, The Burning, is an excellent read and well worth the time. It reads like a novel, but sadly every story told actually happened.

Not very far from Tulsa is the home of Oklahoma’s very own Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. In the little town of Pawhuska, you will find her mercantile, hotel and restaurant. If you’re lucky, you can score a tour of the Lodge at Drummond Ranch.

Tulsa is a gem in the beautiful state of Oklahoma. I hope you will have the opportunity to discover it for yourself!

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