The day before you leave for a two-week trip is always a day for dreaming (and cleaning, packing, and scurrying) no matter what day of the week it is. Today happens to be a day like that. Tomorrow evening we catch the red-eye from Philadelphia Airport to Heathrow – London here we come!
As you can imagine, I’ve been working feverishly on our itinerary this weekend, celebrating our country’s independence by planning a trip back to the land whose “tyranny” we escaped. I’m still filling in some blanks for the later part of the trip when we’ll leave London and travel to Bristol, Oxford, and Windsor, but the London portion is pretty well mapped out. As I was working I periodically hopped on Twitter to ask questions of the many travel people I am connected with there and I got a great suggestion from a friend. She recommended I look at Fat Tire Bike Tours and once I did I knew that this would be the perfect thing for us.
I’ve written about how the last time I was in London Tommy and I experienced the double decker buses – how riding on them shifted my perspective and made me see the city in an entirely different way. I’m really looking forward to that happening again on the Royal London Bike Tour as we see attractions and parks I’ve visited before from the seat of a bicycle. We’ll start just north of Hyde Park, lunch in Trafalgar Square, with stops such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Big Ben. It’s a perfect way for the boys to cover a lot of territory and get a sense of the city. They wouldn’t enjoy taking individual tours of all the monuments, museums, and churches we’ll see but will love biking to them, getting a quick overview from the guide, and then moving on.
Other plans for London include learning about Ancient Greece and Egypt at the British Museum, spending a morning touring the Tower of London, riding a boat to Greenwich, and enjoying high tea at Fortnum and Mason. But I think that it’s the bike ride I’m looking forward to most. I can’t wait to experience a city I know and love in a new way.
So what are your Monday dreams? Please feel free to share them below. Questions? See About Monday Dreaming.