While most mothers engaged in a custody battle would be thrilled to have the court grant them visitation rights that had been taken away only days earlier, you’d be hard-pressed to see the joy in Britney Spears this afternoon.

Immediately following Commissioner Scott Gordon’s ruling that, while her ex-hubby, Kevin Federline, was to retain full temporary custody of their sons Sean Preston, 2, and 1-year-old Jayden James, Britney would be allowed limited visitation rights.

But instead of rushing to K-Fed’s home to play hopscotch with her boys, Brit spent hours driving aimlessly around Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, trailing a caravan of paparazzi behind her.

"This was no chase," a witness explains to OK!. "Britney drove well below the speed limit, smiling, laughing and posing for photos." According to the witness, the pop star made two illegal U turns on busy, six-lane Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills (including one right in front of OK!’s West Coast office) before finally ending up at the Beverly Wilshire — her second posh hotel in just as many days. She had previously been holed up at the Peninsula Hotel.

At first, it appeared that Britney was going to catch a bite at Cut, the Wolfgang Puck restaurant that is also a favorite of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, but… no. "She walked out of the hotel and into a small restaurant down the street," the witness reveals to OK!. "She looked around inside, came back out and got into a photographer’s car back to the Beverly Wilshire, where she checked into her suite."

Also of note, Britney seems to have patched things over with cousin Alli Sims, who moved out of Brit’s Malibu pad earlier today and into a condo in the same building as the singer’s estranged mother, Lynne. Alli visited Britney at the Beverly Wilshire and all appeared to be well, according to insiders.

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