Sunday, 18 December 2016
Today did not go quite to plan
Today did not go quite to plan. But, it was still awesome. We had intended to travel into London in the morning to get some breakfast for the children, spend some time on the South Bank and then take them to see the Christmas lights and then see my mother before heading home.
But, sadly, we did not wake in time to do exactly what we wanted. The children had been up the night before watching the Strictly Come Dancing Final, but had not gone to sleep straight afterwards. Due to this, and a late night on the part of my wife and I, a rest in bed meant that we had missed out on the early morning window that was needed to park in Brick Lane. In the past, we had taken the children there for bagels, and this was a plan that they were keen on. But, due to the time taken to get there, we were not able to get any parking as close as we wanted. But instead, we went to a past memory. When studying in the East End, there was a bakery that we had gone to after we finished our degrees. During our courses, my wife had got me into eating Challah (cholla) and when in the area, we would often get bread from there. But when driving past it last, we noted that it was closed. Today we saw it was open. And as our usual place to park was taken, we turned around and found a place to stay near the bakery and ate there. Unlike the place we had eaten before, this had seats and that meant that we had a more relaxing time. But with the time that we arrived, this was more of a Brunch than breakfast.
After this, it was a trip to the South Bank. The kids, as on the day before, were playing Pokémon Go, and as we drove through London, they had loads of fun doing so. We have learned though that we have to stop them from doing this when we are not driving slowly, and this has been learned the hard way as they can get headaches or start to feel nauseated. Once we parked, it was a walk along the South Bank to the Tate gallery were we sat for another coffee and after some art work from my son, a walk for them to some of the entertainment that was on offer. We did not get to see as much as we would like, but later, had a late lunch and then made for the lights at dusk. And they my wife and I felt that the lights that we were able to see on Regents Street. We did not get to show then Buckingham Palace, but were able to show them other sights and explain bits about them. However, we were not able to get time to see my mother as my son started to feel unwell. Hopefully, he will be better tomorrow, but they are both now asleep, tired after a great day out for the family.