One of Teddy’s preschool classmates who heard about our upcoming trip to England loaned us an adorable book called Katie in London by James Mayhew. In it, one of the lions in Trafalgar Square (oh how I love those lions!) comes to life and takes Katie and her little brother Jack all around the city. They see all the sights you’d expect – Saint Paul’s, the Tower of London, the Globe Theatre, Buckingham Palace – and also take a ride on the London Eye.
So we read the book together a bunch of times and talked about the pictures and what Katie and Jack saw. It was generally agreed that the Tower Bridge would be a lot of fun to see and that like Katie and Jack and the lion we wanted to enjoy an ice cream in St. James’s Park. Then we asked Tommy and Teddy to choose what they’d most like to do while we’re in London. The verdict was unanimous: The Eye was by far the coolest thing and not to be missed.
Now, the Eye is not the type of thing I normally would go for. It’s a manufactured attraction with no particular history (although I was shocked to realize that of course it’s celebrating its tenth anniversary – remember when it was called the Millennium Wheel?). Also, it’s not cheap, although you can save money by booking tickets online and purchasing them for the entire family. It’s likely to have a long line, especially during the height of tourist season, which is when we’ll be there. And finally there’s the fact that the London skyline isn’t exactly one of the world’s greatest, hardly worth the trouble for a view of it. But I completely understand the appeal to the kids – what child in his or her right mind wouldn’t want to ride on the world’s tallest Ferris, er, observational wheel?
Also, since the boys are going to get their fill of churches, museums, and historic sites on this trip, I’d like to let them pick one attraction that’s all about pure frivolity. I’m thinking I’ll plan our visit to the Eye toward the end of our London trip. We went to the Eiffel Tower on our last day in Paris when the boys had a real sense of ownership of the city and it was really fun for them to pick out landmarks we had visited. Today I’m dreaming of their excitement and wonder as we rise high above Big Ben.
On another note, I’m also of dreaming that my planning for our England trip is done. Because frankly, I haven’t really started it yet and it’s weighing on my mind since we leave in 36 days. And typing that sentence just made me realize that’s in 5 weeks. Yikes! Time to get serious. Guess you’ll be seeing some travel planning posts coming up.
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