June 16, 2013 (Father’s Day)
Kiki and I were awake by 5:30 am, so I used the time to plan the day. Since it is Sunday, most things don’t open until after 10am. We had a leisurely breakfast at the hotel restaurant and then wandered down the Thames river until we found the Millennium Bridge. On the south side of the river we found Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and stopped in for a look at the museum and the theatre tour. Built in 1997, Shakespeare’s Globe is a reproduction of the original globe theater that was destroyed by fire in 1614, rebuilt and then demolished in 1644 due to religious pressure from the Puritans. I really wished I would have planned ahead so that we could have seen a show here. For now, I am adding that to my bucket list.
From the Globe, we wandered to along the river to the London Bridge. Under the bridge there was a tourist attraction called “The London Bridge Experience.” It was definitely an unforgettable experience. Essentially, it was a London themed haunted house that terrified the girls (and, if I am honest, more than terrified me). We made it through, but emerged with both girls in tears. Dad of the year award: forthcoming.
Further downstream, we decided to stop for lunch and stumbled upon a French sidewalk cafe. The girls didn’t enjoy the food, but the professional face painter that they had on hand for Father’s Day was a big hit. We walked away with a tiger and a lion.
After lunch, we hopped on the tube and made our way to the London Eye. The view was spectacular (but not necessarily worth the steep price tag). After the ride, the girls had some playtime at a playground before we had to tube it to dinner at the Medieval Banquet. We enjoyed a dinner show with “medieval” entertainment (and food). The seating was family style and we happened to be seated by a family that was vacationing from Kashmir. Their boys were 4 and 6. Kiki fell asleep straight away, but Kai made friends with the boys Nemhi and Pati. We exchanged email addresses so they could be pen pals. (Kai and Pati are still in touch.)
So far, we are all loving London. There is so much to see I can barely stand taking a break to sleep!