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Daddy-Daughter Day in Greenwich.

25 February 2013

Every year I get to spend a full day with my Dad doing whatever takes my fancy. 
We call this our "Daddy-Daughter Day". 
Quality time. 
Last year, DDD was spent at the Titanic Exhibition at the o2 but it wasn't a brilliant day as my Dad is a complete stickler for me being punctual and well TFL had other plans for me that day. 
Oh well, you win some, you lose some. 

This years DDD however was absolutely awesome
Deciding what to do on my DDD took a lot of time and after a few weeks pondering I finally settled on going for breakfast in Balham then spending the day in Greenwich, having a wonder around the museums and exploring the area as I had never (shock horror) been down that way before.
Dad arrived nice and early at our flat (I can't be late if he is coming to me, sneaky!!) and we headed out for breakfast at my favourite; Lavish Habit.
Arriving as the shop opened, we bagged my favourite table right next to the window with the best view of all the shop's little treats! 
Lavish Habit, Balham
Lavish Habit, Balham
Lavish Habit, Balham


First stop was the Cutty Sark. 
Greenwich
Greenwich
Greenwich
Next stop was being silly. Also known as "Dad's tourist pose".
Greenwich
Greenwich
Greenwich
The picture of my Dad makes me laugh every time. 
Next stop was the Ansel Adams exhibition at the National Maritime Museum. As there was no photography allowed you will all have to have a look at some of his incredibly work via the wonderful internets to get a sense of how talented this guy is. It really is worth it. 
Greenwich
Greenwich
Next on the agenda was a trip to the Royal Observatory. Did you know that the Royal Observatory is the home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian of the WORLD??? I didn't. 
I literally had a "face palm" moment when that realisation hit me. And there I was thinking I was an intelligent woman. Not so much. 
Greenwich
Greenwich
After having one too many "oh my goodness this space stuff is mental" and "I feel far too small in this universe right now" moments we decided that we were due some fresh air and a walk. 
Stumbling across these guys put a huge smile on our faces.
Bubbles
bubbles
Greenwich
After a long walk around the stunning Queen's House Grounds we slunk off for a cheeky Nando's on the river and a mooch around the Stratford Westfield. 
For all you Londoners, you really must go explore Greenwich if you haven't already. It is so worth it for the views, the history, the museums, the DLR ride, the fresh air, the open space... oh my, it really has become one of my favourite spots...promise me you will go explore??
I have tried to find the words to express how special this day was to me but they don't seem to be coming so easily so all I will say is this...
It reaffirmed to me just how important family is. How much I love them all and how spending quality time with them all is the most precious thing in the world.
There is a very special place in my heart for Daddy-Daughter Day. I'm already looking forward to next years...unless Dad you want another one in the summer?? Wishful thinking??

13 comments :

  1. I need to do this with my dad great idea looks like a great day!

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  2. you are adorable. this sounds like a such a lovely day with your dad! i agree, family is the most precious thing in the entire universe :) xo

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  3. That sounds so great! It's nice that you have a special day dedicated to quality time with your dad! Where's that breakfast place? It looks amazing! I'll definitely check it out when I'm going back to Balham in may

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  4. Daddy daughter day? That is precious. I love it. And all those places look SO awesome. TAKE ME.

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  5. Amazing day! I actually remember learning in school from the very early age that the Royal Observatory is the home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian of the world. And I always wanted to go and see it. Ha ha. When my mum was visiting us we went and also got a lot of snaps standing on West-East sides of the world - it's so cool! :)

    I absolutely adore DDD idea and I wish my dad was living closer so we could do the same. Your dad looks very nice, no wonder if he has such a nice daughter! X

    Mademoiselle-Lala.com

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  6. I love Greenwich! S lives not too far from there so we pop over quite often...there are some fantastic pubs. I'm very jealous of your DDD's, I hope that's something I can encourage if I'm ever lucky enough to have children!

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  7. Ohhhhhh this is ADORABLE! I love the idea of DDD, I might have to rope my dad in! xx

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  8. Oh you are so lucky to have such a wonderful relationship with your father, make sure you keep these DDD's going, it is what life is truly about. I had a feckless father and would have loved to have had a Dad whom I could share days like this with. Greenwich is beautiful and yep I knew that the Royal Observatory is home to GMT, it's kinda weird when you stand on the line isn't it?! And that cafe looks so good, in fact I think it featured on an episode of Location, Location, Location a few weeks back when a couple where house hunting in Balham and I remember at the time thinking how fab it looked!

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  9. Sounds like a great day. I went to the Curty Sark about 18 years ago but I have no recollection of Greenwich, I'll add it to the list of places I should explore.

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  10. This is so lovely! My father died suddenly when I was 18, but we used to have trips like this when I was a teenager and I am just so so glad we did - so many of my best memories are of those days when it was just him and me...the best one was a vintage car rally! (geeky I know, but we both loved 1920s rolls royces, what can I say!)And greenwich looks wonderful too - I have been meaning to go for years; maybe I'll get round to it now! xxx

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  11. Aww what a lovely idea! I'm going to suggest one of these days to my dad.

    Just found your blog, it's great :) New follower

    Jen x

    http://thebigburd.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. What a wonderful idea
    Been wanting to go to the royal observatory and explore Greenwich for ages just need to get ass in gear and make a day of it. Next time I am in London it will be done. xx

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  13. How on Earth do you do your hair?! It's got that lovely 'styled but didn't try too hard' look about it. Gorgeous.

    Kate.

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