Last week I posted a picture of a Pirate Ship in the Princess Diana Memorial Playground in London, England. Here it is again
Believe it or not, we spent almost an entire day at this playground! Our transit home from Istanbul had been unexpectedly suspended due to an ash cloud from Iceland's erupting Eyjafjallajokull volcano (rembemer that?). With no particular plans in London, an uncertain schedule, and three kids who were clearly all done with sightseeing, a playground seemed like just the thing to do! Certainly it was better than spending the day in our hotel navigating the British Airlines phone tree in the hopes of securing a flight home on a flight that might only be canceled again.
We couldn't have been luckier, the weather was about 75 degrees, and though we wouldn't have noticed on our own, locals kept commenting on how peaceful the parks were without any air traffic noise overhead. Let's hope there aren't many more opportunities to experience London in such quiet!
Everest was so inspired by Captain Hook's pirate ship that he built his own out of "found objects" (I suppose that seemed safer than climbing to the top of the ship's mast)
There was ton's more to explore though - from musical instruments to teepees
And a cool elevated pathway
The playground even has its own cafe with organic sandwiches for mom and dad, pizza for the kids, and of course popsicles and ice cream!
We rarely take the time to sit in the sun and enjoy a playground all day - whether we are traveling or at home. A year later, what I remember more than any particular activity is the way that day felt. A rare opportunity to just let go of everything and be in the moment. After all, we had nowhere in particular to be and no way to get home. We can have chosen to spend the day stressed out about our sudden change in plans, but instead, we did this.
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