Stonehenge and Paneer
There is a new visitor center located approx one mile from the site, with a nice museum and gift shop. For the lazy, a shuttle is provided to and fro, but there are many walking trails through area cattleland. In May, the spring grass is alive with interspersed white daisies and yellow buttercups. In the distance, the trees sport pink and white petals and the rapeseed fields are in their full yellow-stalked glory. Along the path is also a stand of shady forest, soft with moss and undergrowth. We chose this path, the one less travelled.
|Buttercups and Daisies
Soon enough, after staring at rocks for a bit, we head home and stop at Marlborough. A quaint, traditional English hamlet, with a prestigious private school, stone buildings and impossibly small lanes. My kids are finally able to have fish'n'chips, bangers'n'mash and green peas. I have a chandi. The experience is complete with a hanging flower basket view out of hand-poured glass and a dog lying next to the unlit fireplace. (God-forbid we actually have a heat source on in May.)
The next day, we planned to sleep in a bit, hop on the tube, tour around downtown London, maybe a double-decker bus, meet John's brother for lunch, a window-shop to Harrod's and hop back onto the tube before rush hour. What a lovely plan...that didn't happen. We slept in 'til half 10 and then our hosts' mother and friend were coming to lunch. Marcus showed up near the same time and we did what all good relatives do chatted about current events while we sipped tea. Next thing we know it's 4pm and the tube is likely busy with rush hour traffic and an evening in downtown London for a single mom and 3 kids did not sound very appealing or safe.
|Marlborough Gov't Chambers
Long about 8pm, we loaded into Michael's van and searched out Kushbu Vegetarian Indian Restaurant in East London, yeah, about as East London as one can get, it's a good thing we're with 6'6" Michael. But, even the West London Indian's come to this restaurant for it's authentic food; in fact, we were the most pale patrons in the place. I have never seen such a huge menu. I let Michael take the lead on ordering since he has business traveled to Indian on the regular occasion and is more familiar with the menu. We had dishes I can't even remember the name of, but it was yummy! Dosa's and naan and chickpea daal to name a few, and they are not like the western interpretation of Indian food. A little spicy for the kids but they enjoyed it nonetheless. Unique to this restaurant, but not to the country of India, they provide sinks to wash your hands, just to one side of the bar. It is rather convenient and since most of the meal was eaten with our fingers, a necessity. Authentic as far as food, not as far as ambiance, it reminded more of a Japanese counter restaurant/western diner.
|With Michael for Indian Food
|Indian Dosa (crepes)