When we arrived in London on Thursday, we took the weekend pretty easy. We’d just been going, going, going for so many weeks, it was nice to have some lazy mornings, lots of reading picture books on the couch, and eating meals at home.
But, of course, with London outside your window, you can’t stay in forever.
One of the places I was most excited to go back to was the Borough Market. I’d gone a couple of times when I was study abroad and loved it every time, but Bart had never been.
When I looked it up for directions, I discovered that the Borough Market was celebrating 1000 years this year. Yeesh, Europe is old.
But it’s looking good despite being completely ancient.
It’s a huge outdoor market under the rail tracks and there are so many stalls and booths and tiny shops you can hardly make your way to all of them. It’s a perfect outing for little kids because there is so much to look at and plenty of things to eat. We opted not to take our stroller, but there were plenty of people with them and it seemed to be fine too.
We spent about an hour and a half wandering around, trying dozens of samples. Even Ella, who tends toward pickiness right now, would try basically everything, including partridge and cashew pate(!).
Our favorite samples were brownies, mushroom pate, some amazing tomato chutney, and a balsamic glaze for dipping bread in. And, of course, some amazing salted caramel fudge. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it all again.
It made for a really fun morning, and we’ll definitely be back again.
And now that we’re settled in, the real adventures are starting. Tomorrow we’re off on our first day trip and we’re trying to hit fun places during the week, both as a family when Bart’s not in school and the girls and me by ourselves when he is. Yesterday, we hit the British Museum in the morning, which Ella unexpectedly loved.
And, obviously about ten million trips to the park.