I’ll Always Remember My First Time

There were three to choose from and I picked them all.

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Lemon curd, vanilla custard, and honeycomb caramel. London’s best doughnuts. They were indeed.

Our first visit to the Borough Markets was all colour and noise and bustle and so much excitement. We had managed to arrive at lunchtime on a Thursday.

But mostly it was because of Bread Ahead. Cam had come across them weeks and weeks ago before we’d even left Australia. (He still refuses to reveal his source. Rude.)

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Bread Ahead’s bakery is based within the markets, where they also run a baking school. So many choices! Which one will I choose? Maybe I can pick them all. Just like with the doughnuts!

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I’m not saying it’s my dream job. But my expression isn’t fooling anyone, is it?

IMG_1851I was basically hyperventilating. Borough Markets is just really cool.

Cam was also pretty impressed. He enjoyed a scotch egg (on a bed of rocket) from ScotchTails.

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We somehow found room for Wild Boar Tortellini (with olive oil & parmesan) from La Tua Pasta.

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On our second visit to the markets (several days later when my heart rate had slowed down) we tried their Mushroom Tortellini (this time with tomato sauce & parmesan). It was also delicious. They make a gnocchi stuffed with tomato, basil & mozzarella which I can’t stop thinking about. I should probably visit again tomorrow.

The Brindisa shop is already one of my favourites. I’m eager to try out their Tapas bar too.

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We were offered their smoked anchovies to sample. Imagine them atop a slathering of scrambled eggs on a buttered baguette. Breakfast bliss!

Another shop I’ll be back to in a hurry is Chegworth Valley. Their Cox & Bramley Juice (two varieties of apple, not berries as I had suspected. Bramley / Bramble. Close enough?) was so refreshing. In fact, their farm in Kent is having an Open Day this Sunday 10 August. But we’ll be in Brighton for a day trip. Poor us.

The Next Three Months

In three sleeps it starts.

Cam & I are heading to London with a one way ticket and a two year working visa. We only really know for sure what the next three months will bring. After that, we’ll see.

We begin with two weeks exploring London, based in Dalston.

We then set off on a ten (10!) week trip around Europe.

On my desktop there is a travel calendar that is blank after mid-october. There is also an excel spreadsheet titled “Progress Tracker” that colour-codes all accommodation & travel bookings. We are currently sitting at 30% complete.

This trip is being project managed!

Here is what you can look forward to over the next three months (subject to change without notice);

The Netherlands – Amsterdam
Belgium – Antwerp, Ghent, Brussels
France – Paris, Lyon, Nice, Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Toulouse, Bordeaux
Spain – San Sebastian, Bilbao, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Burgos, Madrid, Barcelona
Germany – Berlin, Hamburg, Munich

Sit back, relax & enjoy!

In My Travels I Must Not Forget…

My deepest gratitude to Jessie Miles from An April Idea

This talented lady kindly gave me her blessing to use the image and text from her original Suitcases Luggage Travel Notepad for the header on this very blog.

I think it’s pretty perfect, don’t you?

I’m using this notepad during our travels to write thank you notes to our Airbnb hosts. I found it at the Finders Keepers Markets in Brisbane last July. If you’d like one of your very own you can get it from Etsy

You can also follow An April Idea on Facebook and Instagram

I first came across An April Idea during Christmas 2013, which I spent at Phillip Island. A florist in Cowes had a display full of An April Idea’s invitations, sticker sets, and writing sets. I was rather taken with the illustrations of vintage typewriters, jars of love, and hot air balloons.

I particularly like the little woodland people. I have a soft spot for children’s books and I can imagine the stories these little people could tell!

Before we begin, I have something to tell you…

I’ve tried everything.

I’ve folded, rolled, and vacuumed sealed what I can. But it’s not enough. There’s no more room.

I’m sorry, I can’t fit you in my suitcase.

I’ll tell you what. I’ll promise to write here often and I’ll even put up pretty pictures too. It will be just like you’re there with me!

Wherever there is. It could be Amsterdam. Or Paris. Or Berlin. Because that’s where I’m going (do I need to keep reminding you?)

I hope I can find the words that make you feel like you’re on this journey with me. I really wish you were. I’m sure there’s going to be a lot that I wish I was sharing with you. And I will. Right here.

I’ll share with you the croissant I had for breakfast, the baguette I had for lunch, the brioche I had for dessert. Yes, I am very excited about all the bread and all the cake. Just look at my face.