We didn't actually go on the Wheel though. The weather was perfect for it on Sunday afternoon when we arrived but alas it was "closed for planned maintenance". It re-opened on Tuesday morning but by then conditions were overcast and we were keen to get back home. Another time. I've already been on a couple of times anyway.
My sister was very helpful and supportive in that she had mum for the 2 days we were away and made sure that Mum felt as though she was having a treat and didn't miss the trip to London.
It was really good fun. Dad used to live in London decades ago - he was a student at Queen Mary College in the East End and used to go to the Festival Hall when cheap seats could be had. He's always loved opera and has been a fan of the lovely Anna since her appearance at the Last Night of the Proms in 2005! I'm sure it's all because of her voice though, nothing to do with her being a voluptuous brunette bombshell....pah....men, they never change!
The Museum was fascinating. I've been before but neither Dad nor D had been and going with Dad was great as he could remember so much of the WW2 stuff first hand. A bit gruesome I suppose but he could remember hearing V1 bombs going overhead and all the stuff about ration books and ARP wardens, the uniforms and the posters. All the bombers and fighter planes - any young boy would be enthralled by them and, looking at them, Dad appeared to be just a young boy of 78!! We were there for over 4 hours before we succumbed to museum fatigue but it was great!
We had 2 gorgeous meals - one at a pretty french bistro near Covent Garden (can't remember the name but was pleasant) and the second at the Harvey Nicks restaurant in the Oxo Tower which was lovely, gorgeous food and great views/location.
But the main attraction was always going to be the recital. It was so vibrant, the orchestra and the sound quality thrilling, and the whole sell-out atmosphere really exiting for country mice like us. I know Dad loved it and I did too so it was a perfect success. Anna Netrebko was really expressive and lyrical, dancing like a little girl and flirting with the condutor so Dad was even more hooked than he had been but for me old Dmitri was HOT!
So, now that I'm a bona fide opera groupie I'll be watching out for him.....or that Mexican chappie Rolando Vilazon!
After all that it seems churlish to whinge about not losing weight. It's my own fault but I have now lost and regained the same 4 lbs 4 times since Christmas!! 4 times!! I need to push through once I lose those 4 lbs and keep going. I know what I need to do, just need to put it into practice! So - that's the plan. I'm not going to bring my mood down by dwelling but it will be done.