On a cold day on 13th February Lola left home and started her bold journey. It was -7 (7 below zero) degrees Celsius in Warsaw. Nobody at the Warsaw Okęcie Airport took notice of the small elephant travelling with her little bag. She didn’t even need a passport or a ticket, having a ride in my backpack.

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She felt a bit lonely, but soon she met someone her own size she could talk to. It was Bat The Backpack Keeper.

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In London, she stayed where we did- in a little cosy Bed and Breakfast guest house.

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Again, at first she was overwhelmed by the size of everything.

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Fortunately, she soon discovered, that there were other small inhabitants in the house. Mrs Sputum was very friendly.

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She arranged hot tea and a blanket for Lola, so that she could rest after  the journey.

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She also attended to her accomodation. There was a comfy couch and and a blanket in a drawer for Lola.

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Lola learned from Mrs Sputum, that she should look for another resident of the house, who will give her information about Sylvanians in London.”Where can I find him?” Lola asked. “More likely he will find you” was the answer

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Lola decided to have some fun at the hotel, hoping the man would show himself.

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Indeed, the mysteroius person appeared suddenly. He whispered Lola the address of Sylvanian Sterekeepers Shop in London.

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Next day she set out on a trip to SSK. She decided to go on a bus just like we did. The weather in London was very pleasant, + 10 degrees  Celsius and no rain.

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The bus had many advantages. You could enjoy the view of little beautiful English houses, and streets, and it was much cheaper than underground. Obviously, Lola didn’t need to pay for her ticket. Nobody really took notice of her. We, however, purchased an Oyster card which is a convenient method of paying for public transport in London.

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In the centre of London, Lola visited souvenir shops.

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…and enjoyed sightseeing. Big Ben in real.

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She had lunch in the Cafe in the Crypt, which is located in the dungeon of an old church. The food tasted so good. We’ll be definitely going back there some time! Delicious creme brulee. The main course was also very good.

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There was true spring in St. James Park. So lovely! Hopefully it will also come to Poland in the next few weeks.

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The Buckingham Palace

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Then, she saw The Tower of London. You purchase tickets at the box-office before the entrance. (If you are human, not a little sylvanian elephant). In February there was no line waiting for the entry. It was such a thrilling tour! Lola would recommend it to anyone. If these walls could talk…

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The walls remained silent, but fortunately we listened to a yeomen guard. (There were tours every 30 min inside the tower, for no additional fee.) He told us some amazing stories, and some of them funny too. Some where terryfying as well.

Did you know yeomen guards are called ‘ beefeaters’? Our guard addressed that matter, and said, nobody knew where that name came from. And, apparently, out of 35 yeomen guards ( aka ‘beefeaters’) living in the Tower at the moment, two of them are…vegetarians.

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Lola was interested in the Royal Menagerie.

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These guys guard the crown jewels.

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She thought this man had his hat a bit too deep on the nose. But maybe this is how it should be? Less distraction for him this way. Interesting.

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There were crown thistles just the right size for Sylvanians in the gift shop. Lola thought they would be perfect for Hugo Trunk’s head. They were more than 14 pounds each, so we didn’t buy it and we came home without crown jewels.The photo above is not mine, I found it on Google. The thistles we saw were purple.(I think King Henrys crown replicas)

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Can you spot Lola in the picture above?

Finally, she reached Mountgrove Road, where the little Sylvanian Storekeepers Shop was located.

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On the outside, the display was wintery. There was snow lying on the pavement of the little sylvanian street,and the creatures were wearing warm clothes.
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But inside, there was a really warm atmosphere! Lola could take of her coat and enjoyed the summer weather .She had a chat with Sylvanians she met.
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I don’t know the details of her conversations.( I was busy shopping). From what I heard, all the Sylvanians leave their boxes and have a party every night after the shop closes and nobody can see them.

After her SSK visit, Lola’s mission was accomplished. What was her goal? I discovered it as soon as we came back home. A couple of unexpexted passengers travelling with us in my suitcase. I will soon let you know who they are.

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