This weekend we had visitors from Yorkshire. OH's sister, her husband and grandson came to stay, so that they could show him the sights of London. He's only six, but he was very excited.
Saturday morning we headed down to Tower Hill. OH knows where it is possible to park for free on a Saturday, so we left the cars there and had a wander over Tower Bridge and around the outside of the Tower of London.
We then caught an open topped tourist bus around the city. We have to admit that we didn't make the best choice when it came to the bus company. We went by price alone and truth be told, you get what you pay for. Our tour company didn't have as many buses on their routes as some of the more established ones, so we found ourselves waiting quite a while at bus stops for the buses to come along.
Regardless, it was a scorching hot day and we got to see an awful lot of the city in a short space of time, which wouldn't ordinarily have been possible.
First stop was the London Eye as we had booked tickets to take a ride. We had to queue for quite a long time, but eventually got on and enjoyed our ride and the wonderful views of the metropolis that it affords. The air conditioning was much welcomed too.
After stopping for lunch, we got back on to another bus to see more of the sights, from Westminster, to the Parks, to Oxford Circus, Regent Street, Paddington, Marylebone, Bloomsbury. We stopped off and popped into a pub in Westminster for a drink, before returning to Tower Hill via St Paul's, the City and Borough Market.
Then it was home for a thrown together supper before we all fell into bed exhausted.
Today, we had a much more relaxing time and after watching a bit of the DVD of LB's school production, which everyone seemed to really enjoy, we took ourselves off to the Olympic Park which is situated a couple of miles from where we live.
LB and I took our bikes, as we couldn't all fit into one car and I felt like getting a bit of exercise, as I hadn't booked my regular classes this weekend. It was a very enjoyable and easy ride, taking only 10 minutes or so through mostly park land and open spaces.
Our littlest visitor had a great time in the wonderful play areas on the Olympic park, our guests enjoyed a visit to the Olympic Velodrome and we all enjoyed hanging out and having brunch in one of the cafes nearby.
OH's sister cycled home with me on LB's bike. She hadn't rode a bike for 36 years, so did pretty well considering. She really enjoyed it too and went home feeling really enthused about riding a bike again and vowing to come back and ride around the park again. It was good to see her gain so much confidence in something, that she thought she couldn't do.
It was a good weekend, I hope you enjoyed yours too.