Our persistence paid off handsomely as we found what we were looking for: Kappacasein. The shop was spartan to say the least and the menu limited, but the sandwich was the best toasted cheese I have ever eaten. Simple ingredients: homemade cheese, onion and leak on this fantastic hardy bread. Kappacasein also serves new potatoes with melted cheese, but if you are looking for anything else, you better find a different shop. I won't go on singing the praises of this place-that would take more than a few blog posts, but I will say that if you are ever in London, you need to check this place out (http://www.kappacasein.com/).
|Amazing Toasted Cheese|
|A Must Visit!|
The rest of our day looked like this:
1. A visit to Big Ben, Parliament and Westminster Abby
2. Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square
3. Notting Hill
I am by no means trying to be dismissive of some of the most incredible sights London has to offer, but they are well know and probably something you can read about on your own or have even possibly visited. I am more inclined to talk about the hidden and obscure gems we ran across during our visit.
|Parliament and Big Ben|
|The Avenue Leading to Buckingham Palace|
|Great Little Neighborhood|
We arrived late in the evening again but awoke to a freshly prepared Sri Lankan lunch of chicken curry, potatoes, yellow rice, green beans and pappadan (crispy thin chip like munchies) after sleeping in a bit. The food was great and our hosts gracious as we packed and headed out to London again for our last day and a half before heading to the airport.
|Enjoying LEGAL Public Drinking|
|ANOTHER Jamie Oliver Restaurant....|
|....And Yet Another|
|Proper English Breaky Joint|
|Over the Top|
|Really Over The Top|
|Really, Really Over the Top!!|
|Last Meal in London|
Our trip to England and France was wonderful and I definitely learned a thing or two that I would like to pass on to those who have never been:
1. Take the same transportation as the locals. We could have taken a taxi or other mode of transport, but it was great taking subways and walking everywhere. It may have seemed like my blog was all about food, but for the amount of walking we did, believe me, we needed the energy. We walked more than I have walked in a very long time, but in my point of view, it's such a great way to see and experience these great cities rather than jetting around in a motorized vehicle of some sort.
2. Get off the beaten path and find places that locals like to frequent. Don't get me wrong, you must see some of the major sights, but get out of your comfort zone a bit and go to places that are not completely tourists destinations. Be open, honest, ask questions, and at least make an attempt to speak the language and you will be amazed how many people will be willing and proud to share their culture with you.
With that said, the European portion of journey came to an end and we arrived at Heathrow ready to board the plane to our new lives in Sri Lanka. I will begin posting on a weekly basis, rather than daily or every other day from now on. It should be interesting, so stay tuned for all of the excitement......
To see all of the pictures of our last few days (and nights) in London, go to:
and click on the following:
1. London: Day Two
2. Last Day in Huntingdon and Last Trip to London3. Last Night in London
4. Last Day in London