|Note the pumpkin dumpling on the left|
We started with three baked dumplings (one looked like a tiny pumpkin, so of course I had Tall Guy pose for a picture). Then came a basket of steamed dumplings (the scallop one was AMAZING). Next, a basket of steamed rolls (the least yummy, but still good, dish we sampled). To finish off, a fabulous roll, soft on the outside, lined with crispy bean paste but gooey in the middle. Yum! My favourite! And of course tea, wonderfully aromatic jasmine tea.
On Saturday we headed over to the Imperial War Museum. That place is huge! We spent more than two hours wandering through WWI and WWII exhibits, including a fascinating and very well thought out children's area, The Children's War, and a neat In the Trenches experience where guests walk through a "trench" (it's sensory, including smell...). Alas, I got museum legs and Tall Guy got museum back, so we decided to call it a day and left the Holocaust floor for another visit.
|Gas Masks for Children!|
|Good luck convincing people of this today...|
Now it's Sunday evening, and after a day at the Tower of London and Gap shopping, I'm exhausted! We bought a historical buildings membership, so now we have unlimited visits to the Tower and four other sites! Even for tourists, if you're planning on going to several places only once, it's worth becoming a member. You even get a discount at their shops and cafes. But, back to the Tower: we were surprised and pleased that it wasn't very busy today. No line up for the crown jewels (although that did mean we missed the coronation footage that is played inside to help pass the time spent waiting). No pictures, either. That's ok, we bought a book.
After the Tower, I introduced Tall Guy to the Gap. I think I am creating a monster - first Mexx, now the Gap. What store will I hook Tall Guy on next?? Anyway, we found him two really great pairs of jeans, and I'm happy to report to all of you shopaholics who are planning to visit that the Gap is cheaper here.
Now I think it's time to head to the gym. They're open just long enough for a quick swim and a trip to the sauna, and I can't think of a better end to the weekend or start to the week ahead than that!