You know those days where you have a plan – you have somewhere to be, you know the postcode to type into your satnav and you know how long it’s going to take. You’re all set.
Today I went to a blog event in Victoria Park in the Tower Hamlets part of London. The trains were all messed up and so a public transport journey would have been a nightmare. When I checked on the RAC journey planner – my go to place when I’m planning a journey – it suggested I drive to the M25, about a third of the way around the M25 and then down into London. It was going to take me 90 minutes but to be safe I got in my car 2 hours before I had to be there.
I plugged in my satnav, typed in the postcode and off I went. Although the sat nav had different ideas to the RAC website. Before I knew it I was driving past the Hammersmith Apollo, past Harrods and at one point straight towards the Houses of Parliament. I drove next to the Thames down the South Bank, down Oxford Street and then through some back streets until I got to where I was going.
When it got to the time to go home I was exhausted. I got in my car and the sat nav this time took me over Tower Bridge, in front of Buckingham Palace, past the London Eye, past all of the big museums in London and on so many familiar, famous roads it felt like I were on a bus tour.
Those days when you just want to get home and you end up sightseeing. Stuck in London traffic for two hours and thankful there’s no congestion charge on a Sunday.
The children loved seeing the sights of London from the comfort of the car – LP pointed out the Ferris Wheel, the Clock and all the planes coming into land as we drove towards Heathrow, and finally out of London.
It was a nice day but when I had such a lovely plan, and the sat nav had other ideas, I could have done without it!
Disclaimer: The photos in this post weren’t taken whilst I was driving myself around London. They are from previous London trips purely to give emphasis.