November 21, 2011 10:39 AM by Beth Stewart
Last week’s episode took the Duggar family on a seriously fun adventure where they flew to Scotland, saw Edinburgh Castle, participated in some Highland Games, then took a huge ferry to Ireland where the kids rode pigs and made Irish soda bread. This week on TLC’s 19 Kids And Counting they continue their European tour and visit London, England.
After touring Ireland in a large bus with driver George, they and their 26 pieces of luggage flew to London, England. While exploring their hotel rooms, the little kids were amazed to discover a bidet. They thought it was a really fun water play place to play but that was soon stopped when an older sister found them and led them away.
Jim Bob really wanted to drive on what he considers the wrong side of the road, so he borrowed a red convertible and set off. The manual transmission was a challenge but he had a ball. At one point, the police pulled up to them and asked the crew in the back to put on their seat belts. They were lucky and escaped without a ticket. Michelle took a turn and only stalled the car once. She also clipped a parked car causing no damage. She thought it was a real kick to be driving in England. While their parents were out driving in English traffic, their children enjoyed high tea. They got a short lesson on making and drinking tea the proper way.
Soon they boarded a double-decker bus for some sight-seeing. Jim Bob thought it was one of the most beautiful cities he’d ever been in. Next stop. Buckingham Palace. To the embarrassment of Michelle, Jim Bob insisted on trying to get the guards to answer his questions. They didn’t. Another stop on the tour was a hat shop where all the girls tried on the most fabulous, elaborate hats while Jinger took photos. A ride on The London Eye provided a breathtaking view of London from the sky. The family filled two pods. Michelle has the additional challenge of dealing with motion and morning sickness at the same time. On their way to Stonehenge, they stopped for some traditional English food. Menu item names like “Toad in a Hole” freaked them out but in the end it was all delicious. A local archeologist explained the history of Stonehenge while the youngest kids enjoyed running the expansive green field.
Jim Bob was impressed with the different phrases he’d never heard before. He said, “People are people. Everyone has their own struggles and joys. There are not that many differences between people here and people throughout the world.”
Have you ever wondered how the female head of the Duggar family manages time to herself? Michelle says she finds time every day to power nap and exercise.
Michelle and Grandma are both excited about the next stop on their trip. Israel. It’s been Grandma’s lifelong dream and next week that’s exactly where they’ll be.
If you have any thoughts about the family or their trip or both, let us know how you feel in the comments section.