|Cheese Boat! (that's the guardian's hq in the background)|
We started off through the rather nice back streets in Islington.
|A road in Islington|
On the way we got coffee at the weirdest little cafe. The patrons were all old men, sitting in pairs like spies having clandestine meetings. Or maybe they were just couples. It was hard to say, even though we had what seemed like several years to study them all while we waited for our coffee, which we took with us because we were excited about the Cheese Boat.
We got there early... too early. No really. They were there, but they had not opened yet. We had a couple hours to kill and few backup plans. There was a canal museum near by, but we weren't planning on going so we didn't have any of the details.
It was on the A to Z though, so we were able to track it down. It was right there, across the water. I think we ended up walking a mile to cover 50 feet, but I wasn't in the mood for a swim. We were pretty lucky here, because we arrived only 10 minutes before opening. We really do start our days too early. All those let's-get-on-the-road-at-four-to-beat-the-traffic road trips growing up are hard to shake off.
|Leff (that's me) listening to an old canal man speak out of an ice cream spoon|
|Canal People live under the stairs|
There was a nice little movie playing (which they don't have on their youtube unfortunately) full of old footage of real working canal boats. And this map. That's a lot of canal.
|The Merry Milkmaid by engraving by John Savage after Marcellus Laroon.|
|Cheese samples at the cheese boat|
|Kings Cross from Goods Way|
|Platforms 1 and 2 at Edgware Road|
|Ottolenghi knows how to show it off|
|Ottolenghi chicken and broccoli|
|Ottolenghi savory pastry thing|
Anyway, we took our loot up to Hyde park, as you do. It was a beautiful day, but we still managed to find a bench. I love that.
|A day in Hyde Park|
Next up, our last day and my best meal ever.