One good thing has come out of our house being a building site – we’ve had to get out and escape the dust, which has meant we’ve been exploring this great city we live in a lot more than usual. And I guess, exploring it for the first time really as parents, seeking out family friendly things to do and see.
A couple of weekends ago we ventured out one sunny Saturday morning, complete with a picnic, and took the bus to Little Venice. I’ve never been to Venice itself but I think the only resemblance Little Venice has to the real deal is boats and water. Set on the canal, in the heart of Paddington it’s a teeny weeny oasis of willow trees, canal boats and folk that live on the water. It’s quaint, charming and is a great point at which to start a leisurely stroll along London’s canal trail.
We walked about 4 miles all the way back to Islington passing through amazing communities of house boats with little front gardens along the path, Camden Lock with its hustley bustle food and clothes market and through to Kings Cross which is undergoing significant development at present. We stumbled upon a brilliantly designed fountain where kids in swimming trunks ran and jumped through spouts of frothy water. Rafferty got stuck in after a slightly apprehensive start and cooled off.
I guess you could say it was one of those magical, unexpected days where memories were made amongst our little family.