We flew overnight from Halifax to London, which I still believe was the best move for helping the kids to adjust to the time change. There was one moment in the Halifax airport, when we were finally boarding (around 11pm), that Charlie started having a meltdown. He was tired and up way too late, and I thought "oh shit", but he pulled it together and we were off. The first day we just took it easy because we were so tired, and it was just what the doctor ordered.
We spent our time in Worth, England with my aunt (on my mother's side) and her family and it was the absolute best way to begin our trip. It was the perfect place to decompress for a couple of days from our first long flight. There was tons of wide open space for the boys to run around, with stables, gardens and a pub all a short distance away. There were horses and sheep in the fields next to the house. There was a library of Disney DVD's that would rival the vault itself. It was comfortable and familiar, even though it was new to all of us, and it made leaving home easy.
We walked the grounds, petted horses, and played one million games of tennis. We ate like kings thanks to my wonderful aunt and uncle, and just generally had the time of our lives. We said more than once, we wished we had budgeted more days for a longer stay. Obviously we would be welcome, we are great guests. Our kids don't make any noises or messes and sleep soundly all night - we are basically ghosts. Ha.
We traveled with my Mom and Bill (stepdad) the majority of the trip, so they met up with us here (they came from Colorado). Despite being extremely close to London, we didn’t go into the city. We had such limited time it didn’t seem worth it, especially since we were all trying to catch up on our sleep. After two days of rest and relaxation in the English countryside, we were off to Italy!