After a couple of nights in our first youth hostel, close to Paddington Station in London, Jordan and I took the train from Liverpool Street station to Stowmarket in Suffolk.
The train was full of commuters heading back to the countryside after a days work in London. My friend, Sallyann, picked us up at the train station, and drove us to her charming, countryside farm house where they raise chickens and grow their own vegetables.
We visited the seaside resort of Southwold, on the Suffolk Heritage coast. Although quite cold in December, with one “gutsy” surfer trying to catch waves in the North Sea, Southwold is booming with tourists in the summer.
After catching up with Sallyann, and a fun evening at a local village pub, we caught the National Express bus from Ipswich to Heathrow airport. It took three hours on a comfortable bus, then we headed to Terminal 2 for our SAS flight to Copenhagen.
Heathrow airport has personality. It’s one of my favorite airports, and as soon as we passed security, we were welcomed by Santa and his elf. I could not resist a photo opportunity with Santa.
Families traveling to Copenhagen for the holidays, or ending their vacation in London, brought a festive atmosphere to the flight.
Jordan and I showed our American passports and received a warm and welcoming smile from the customs agent. The woman before us, dressed in a burka, was told to step aside; she did not have a visa to enter Denmark.
My Danish friend, Lilian, and her husband, met us at the airport and drove us to our second youth hostel in downtown Copenhagen called CPH Downtown.
Today is cold and gray, but we are off to do some sight-seeing. More from Tivoli and Copenhagen, on Thursday’s post.
Hi Sonia ,
Looks like you’re having a fabulous time in London and Copenhagen .
When you have a chance, would you check out my blog? I need interaction there! It’s very lonely with no one to talk to there!
Sonia Marsh says
Yes, I’m enjoying my European roots and re-connecting with my friends. Stepping over to your site now.
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Jennifer McK says
Fantastic pictures, Sonia! So happy to see you taking a vacation–I’m sure you’ve more than earned it. Thanks for sharing, & have a blessed Christmas and New Year!
Kathleen Pooler says
Sonia,I’m living your trip vicariously. I’m so happy you are enjoying yourself and reconnecting with old friends. Merry Christmas to you and Jordan! xo
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donna hess says
Merry Christmas Sonia and Jordan!!!
sharon leaf says
Love your pictures and stories, and how you too keep in touch with old friends. Your trip to Southwold took me back in time of when I was in Shoreham and Brighton. And I love the little pub where you and your friend hung out.