Being a parent of four is not an easy task. My husband and I constantly have to struggle with raising our children, a daily battle filled with victories, defeats, disappointments and accomplishments. Sometimes the grueling effort is worth it and in other days we get so tired, we end up taking multiple naps during the day. Parenting is a lifetime job and as tiring as it is, looking at my children daily gives me the necessary motivation to continue being a good parent.
The only free time my husband an I get is on weekends, when the kids visit their grandparents. 4 years ago we reached a point whereby we decided enough is enough. The both of us needed a vacation before we lost our minds. After watching a travel documentary about England, we both decided London was going to be the perfect destination for our vacation. It took us 3 weeks to prepare and we only had a single weekend to enjoy ourselves in London so we made it a point that everything went well. Since we have never been to England, my husband spoke to a British colleague/friend named Patrick about London. The dangers, what to do, where to go, what to see etc. Instead of giving us information, the chap offered to join us along with his wife Samantha. Now the vacation turned into a couples retreat. We all prepared our flight tickets, luggage and we aimed for Albion.
We arrived at the London International Airport in the early hours of the morning. My husband, who isn’t used to traveling a lot, suffered a bit of jet lag. We had to sit down for a moment at the airport while Patrick rushed to the pharmacy and bought some medication to ease the jet lag symptoms. After the whole predicament, we booked a cab and headed to one of the most prestigious luxury hotels in London: the Dorchester. The four of us booked our accommodation and enjoyed some of the offers that came with the accommodation package. My husband and Patrick chilled at the bar whilst Samantha and I went to the hotel spa for a relaxing spa treatment. We expected 5-star treatment and we got more. The massage released a great amount of bodily tension and I felt very rejuvenated. After the massage, we jetted off to a local mall known as the Broadway Shopping Center. My husband gave me a surprisingly high shopping allowance. I purchased a few antiques and clothes.
We then went to London Chinatown Restaurant and feasted on some delicious Chinese cuisine. Ironically enough I received a fortune cookie that stated “A great destination lies ahead of you, keep your eyes opened.” That great destination was the National Gallery. An enormous art gallery that housed some of the greatest artistic works I have ever seen. After that we all went to Chessington World of Adventures. A theme park filled with exciting rides, swings and other fun activities. This was the perfect excuse to feel like a kid again. Finally, we went to my personal heaven, a chocolate paradise called Artisan du Chocolate. It was a chocolate store that offered exquisite and various kinds of chocolate. I will never forget the Belgian truffles I ate from that store. They were the best I ever had. After a long day, we went back to the hotel. Surprisingly my husband served me dinner in bed and a fresh bouquet of white roses. He then gave me a foot massage. It was really nice to see his romantic side again in our 20 years of marriage.
London is truly a nice place. If you ever get the chance to visit England, make sure to spend a bit of time in London. You will have the time of your life.