London Calling

Yasmina’s blog about London 29/6/14

imageWhen we arrived in London we arrived with the underground train from Paris. The London train station that we arrived in was very big and called Kings Cross – St. Pancras. We waited for about 30 minutes for Sally – she is my uncle George’s wife. So Sally picked us up from the train station and we went back to her share home. On Tuesday it was a bit rainy and we just stayed at the share home and there’s not much to tell you about our second day in London except that I went out with my baba for a few hours and we saw Big Ben, the London eye and the blue rooster in Trafalgar Square.

We sat down in a cafe for a while and I had a strawberry milkshake. On Wednesday my uncle George had another day off work and we went to Buckingham palace where we saw the guards with their big puffy hats – I thought they couldn’t even see. We also saw the Changing of the guards. After the palace we went to the Borough market to have lunch. I got a sausage. We also met my dad’s friend Steve. It felt great being able to speak English instead of Greek.
By Yasi

Quote by Yasi while walking with baba – ” London is sooooo old but it’s still so beautiful – I think it’s my favourite city.”


imageWe met our aunty Sally at the Kings Cross train station. We went to her house and watched tennis because it was the first day at Wimbledon. We also played games and relaxed. That night we didn’t see our uncle Chich cause he was working late. Next morning Chich had a day off – when he woke up he made us his super cool pancakes. imageStaying with Chich and Sally was awesome because there was lots of things to see and do like the Changing of the guards at Buckingham palace. I think their fluffy hats look ridiculous.





Princess Kate's and  Prince William and Prince George's house

Princess Kate’s and Prince William and Prince George’s house

imageWe went to the park right outside William, Kate and Prince George’s palace. There we met one of baba’s friends called Penny and her dog Toby. imagePenny is married to Alex who is my baba’s cousin. imageIt was so fun playing with him. Toby is a Golden retriever. Sometimes when we were calling him our brother Toby thought we were calling him instead of doggy Toby.

Before Toby flew to London he had to have all his checks by a vet and stuff like that. His owners – Penny & Alex moved to London from Melbourne for work. They couldn’t bear to leave poor Toby behind. He even has a doggy passport.
We went to a market calked the Borough market and Chich got us the most awesomest meringues and lamingtons. imageWe met one of baba’s friends called Steve (they went to university together in America) and I told him my name was meat pie cause I was eating a meat pie at the time.
We went over to Oliver & Amy’s house for a pizza and movie night. They had a really nice house and we got to watch a movie called ‘Meatballs’ where they turn food into water. It was an awesome movie.
Every night when Sally got home we all jumped on her and almost made her fall. She’s fun.
imageOn the last night we went to the musical – Matilda. It was a bit different to the book but very very good. Miss Trunchball was actually played by a man. He was awesome but very scary.
Yia Sou, Για σου, by Kalika


image imageGeorge and Sally are amazing – they are very loving and Chich was very nice to us even though he was very tired because in the last 48 hours before we arrived he had worked for 36 hours and only slept less that 12 hours in two days so that he could take 2 days off to be with us.
imageHis shop is in Wimbledon and it’s a very good shop and lots of people go there – even tennis players. Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov go there every day. Also one of the days Sam Stosur went and my baba saw Leyton Hewitt there. Martina Navratilova said that his cafe made the best scrambled eggs she had ever had. If you want to go to try them it’s called ‘Brew’ and is on 21 High street in Wimbledon village. When I went there I had an amazing vanilla milkshake and some pretty darn good pancakes.


Sally is very very kind and nice. She picked us up from the train station and she is an amazing aunty. (Along with four other aunties that I’m very close to).

imageSally and Chich were also very kind to us – they had to look after us when my baba and mama went to the movies and then out for dinner with friends. First they took us to the market to have lunch and then took us home and we hung out and had dinner. They let us listen to music and dance around and watch movies. It was like our own little party.
London is amazing. We saw the musical Matilda and it was excellent, even though I was very tired because I had gone to Wimbledon in the daytime. Kids that were Kalika’s age had bigger parts than most of the adults. I thought to myself – “how do they remember all those lines”? I think I liked Matilda the most – she was very funny at times and I loved the librarian. I liked it when Matilda was telling a story and the librarian said – “Hey Matilda this is such a sad story” and Matilda said “Do you want me to stop?” But the librarian said “Don’t you dare”. Miss Trunchball was a very funny character but I think it was a man playing Miss Trunchball. imageOliver and Amy – our friends that we met through Grandma and Pa and also my baba’s friend that he met at university in America also came. imageHis name is Steve and he’s quite funny cause he likes to joke and he’s a funny character.
The musical is a bit different to the book but that happens in most musicals.

London is a wonderful and interesting city because there are lots of famous monuments and places. Like the Queen’s palace, the blue rooster in Trafalgar Square and the borough market was fabulous. I had a terrific gourmet meat pie. Also they had very good brownies. We had lots of fun in London.
By Tobes

Chich is fun

Chich is fun

Bye Chich - we love you - thanks for all the treats!

Bye Chich – we love you – thanks for all the treats!



Toby’s Day at Wimbledon

Wimbledon 2/7/2014

imageI’m really excited cause right now I’m in a queue waiting for tickets to get into Wimbledon. We are number 2686 & 2687 (I’m waiting with my baba) in the queue so we’ll definitely get in.
imageWe woke up at 5:30am to get three buses to get to Wimbledon from Clapham. We got to Wimbledon queue about 7am. We bought a picnic blanket, a newspaper and a bar of chocolate just for 5 pounds! Now we’ve been waiting for over an hour and our queue has moved a bit. The ticket offices open after 9am. imageWe are in a massive field (I think it’s part of a golf club when Wimbledon isn’t on) there are massive lines of people who are mostly sitting on picnic blankets and waiting. Some people even sleep overnight to get to the line early. We just want to get day passes so we didn’t want to sleep overnight. There are places to eat where baba bought me a bacon roll and a hot chocolate. People are all fairly polite.
I’m looking forward to watching a new Australian champion called Nick Kyrgios. We won’t be able to get into court number one (that would’ve cost £85 and we would’ve had to sleep over to get the few tickets left) but we can watch him on the big screen. On the outside courts we will hopefully watch Sam Stosur in the doubles on the outside courts. Casey Dallaqua is also plying in doubles today but not till tonight.
Yesterday’s match between Nadal and Kyrgios was amazing. Kyrgios just played so well and it was fascinating watching the world number 1 being beaten by someone who is ranked 144. I’ll write more later to tell you about my day………

I’ve never really thought that I could get to Wimbledon until it was my birthday and I GIT a voucher from mummy and baba where we were given experiences like coming to Wimbledon, because we couldn’t carry extra presents. I also got to go scuba diving and to a water park with my friends. It’s kind of better to have fun experiences rather than presents. Experiences can be life long memories but presents can break down and don’t always last long.

When we got into Wimbledon it was 11:00am, which meant that we had waited in line for four hours, but we finally got in. When we got in Baba got me an enormous triple chocolate cookie. The games didn’t start until 12, so we decided to look at what games were going to be best. After that we felt hungry so I got a meat pie and baba got a veggie pie. image imageFor the first game we watched a women’s doubles match – (I found double matches were much more fun to watch than singles, except for singles with big names). The doubles match was the best women’s doubles match I’ve ever seen. It was Su-Wei Hsieh & Shuai Peng vs Timea Babos & Kristina Mladenovic on court 3. Babos & Mladenovic won 2 sets to 1 but it was such a close games with lots of deuces.

Next we tired to watch Murray vs Dimitrov, but it was too crowed on the hill – we couldn’t sit anywhere and we couldn’t sit on the stairs because the police kept the people on the stairs moving! So we went back to watch some men’s doubles and kept an eye on the scores for other matches, guess what Dimitrov won straight sets against Murray. imageNot many people were happy with Murray’s loss, Will and Kate were certainly not happy with Murray’s loss, though I think Dimitrov’s girlfriend Maria Sharapova was happy. We didn’t forget to go to the shop. I got a soft ball and baba got some chocolate.

P.S 5/7/2014
The sad thing was that Dimitrov lost against Djokovic in the semi’s last night (baba and my uncle Geogie calls him ‘our Bulgarian cousin’ because he’s from Bulgaria and so are we – or we have Bulgarian family anyway – but his NOT our cousin. Dimitrov and Sharapova come to Chich’s cafe in Wimbledon everyday.
See ya later guys