A Photographer Abroad Days 8 and 9: Hyde Park and Christmas Day

Christmas Eve was supposed to be my day in the museums, but a quick internet search informed me that London practically shuts down from December 24-26. Instead, I went to the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park!

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Inside the gates sat a huge Christmas market interspersed with foods and circus rides and other merriment. It seemed that every time I thought I reached the end I would turn a corner and it would continue on.

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The wonderland was more German themed than I anticipated, with every few food booths some sort of bratwurst or other deliciousness. After a little research, I discovered that Angel Market (and most Christmas markets in the area) are traditional German–not British–markets! I wasn’t complaining; I love a good brat topped with sauerkraut. Mulled wine and cider was everywhere too, and yum!

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The Saucy Chip place boasted some delicious chips, though I skipped their signature gravy toppings; I was still full off bratwurst and nutella crepe. I opted for “naked” chips with sea salt and malt vinegar. As I sit here eating brick oven pizza in Edinburgh (!) I’m realizing food is a large part of my overseas experience. Not that I’m complaining, I love good food.

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A break in the merriment pointed me in the way of the Serpentine where swans, geese, and seagulls showed off in exchange for crumbs.

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There were other attractions at Wonderland like an ice palace (there were a lot of Elsas waiting in line), a roller coaster, an observation wheel, and others, but I opted to watch than go in.

Christmas morning dawned cloudy, with the stampede of waking children lively enough to rival any movie.

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With Christmas crowns for everyone and every wish fulfilled, the kids settled in to play with their new toys and I settled in for a long winter nap. It was perfect to finally spend a day in. London and the surrounding area is exciting but tiring…I slept for hours before waking to pack for Edinburgh, where I am now! Look for our stop in York and first day at Edinburgh Castle up on the blog tomorrow!

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