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Author Topic: Currently in London for a few days  (Read 537 times)


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Currently in London for a few days
« on: February 12, 2018, 04:31:10 AM »
Visiting my London family!
The weather has been fairly good, except for a real blizzard last afternoon, when we returned from London Central.
We went to a museum of British Jazz - yes, Americans, there IS something like British Jazz and nice, too. Mia participated in a baby jazz class, which was really fun!
This morning our car was covered with three centimetres of ice, but being a German one, this was quickly solved.
Today we're accompaning Lise and Mia to the swimming pool for baby swimming.


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Re: Currently in London for a few days
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2018, 12:43:25 PM »
Oh man, Luce!  Jeff and I are looking to take Griffin to London for a few days next week. We will just miss you.

He has next week off and we will most likely get there on Sunday and have to leave Thursday since he has his basketball banquet and we have to return for that. (I’m not sure why, but...)


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Re: Currently in London for a few days
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2018, 04:57:27 PM »



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