My middle boy, Max, is lovely. Quiet, unassuming, helpful, generally happy to be left to his own devices. This does mean that sandwiched between two far more demanding children, I worry I neglect him a bit while dealing with the far more in my face requirements of the other two. To try to balance this a little, I make sure that every summer holidays we have a day out somewhere, just the two of us. Last year we visited Bristol, this time we went to London.
We opted to head for Greenwich and started our time in London with a boat trip from the London Eye down to Greenwich, which meant we could take in all the sights of London on our way down the river. Once at Greenwich our plans were to visit the Observatory, the Maritime Museum and the Cutty Sark. In the end we only achieved two out of three as there was so much to see at the Observatory that we ran out of time to visit the Maritime Museum en route to the Cutty Sark.
Getting to the Observatory does involve a bit of an uphill hike, but totally worth it for the amazing views of London once you get there.
We enjoyed the various exhibitions at the Observatory, there was a huge queue to be photographed on the Meridian line, but we managed to sneak a pic on a different part of it! The history of time keeping was fascinating, and all the cogs, wheels etc made for cool exhibits. It was really interesting seeing the astronomical equipment from through the ages, but our highlight was definitely the Planetarium show. Ably introduced by a knowledgable and very funny host, we then settled right back in our seats to explore the ‘Dark Universe’ and it was utterly awe inspiring!
We also loved the Cutty Sark – loads to look at at learn about on board such a stunning historical ship. I would def recomend it for those with younger children too – there was loads of hands-on stuff that Syd would have loved, will be making a return visit with him at some point soon.
Another boat trip back up the Thames, then we had enough time to take a stroll along the South Bank before our train. There is always something exciting to see here – art exhibitions, street performers – so much colour and life – we both really enjoyed this added bonus at the end of our day.
Then a sleepy train journey home again. I had such a lovely day, my boy is clever and interesting company, and also very, very funny. We had a smashing time and I look forward to our next jaunt!
Love Miss Cisco XXX