The final 36 hours in London were spent hopping around to a couple of the most famous locales (Big Ben, Tower of London, Buckingham Palace) as well as a Sunday morning mass at Westminster Cathedral.

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Gabriel enjoyed some play time at the Princess Diana Playground in Kensington Gardens.

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London is abuzz with the impending arrival of the eventual heir/heiress to the throne: Prince William and Kate’s baby. The royal family here has a very high approval rating, probably in part due to their apolitical stance. It provides a diversion from real world issues; a sort of fantasyland escape.

The Eurostar train to Paris was a quick 2-hr zip, and the half-hour tunneled portion beneath the English Channel was imperceptible to being underwater. Incredible technology.

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And, arrival in Paris.

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