During our weekend we had several cream teas – a British tradition, it’s tea served with scones, clotted cream and jam. The boys both had their first taste of tea and Leonardo became our server, wanting to pour tea every chance he got. And in another food-related highlight, Stefano tried black pudding during breakfast at the hotel. Amazingly, once we informed him that he had just eaten dried blood he went ahead and finished it off anyway
All in all we had a very nice weekend and the boys loved spending time with their Nonno. On Monday morning he set off for the airport and we set off for Wales.
After London we spent a few days in the Cotswolds – a range of hills north of London dotted with beautiful villages and graced with England's greatest countryside palace, Blenheim (BLEN-em). And as a bonus my dad joined us, so we ditched the van again at a campsite and relocated to a hotel in one of the many lovely villages. We got very lucky with the weather and spent two days driving around lovely countryside in sun and blue skies. Among the highlights were Blenheim, which is a beautiful palace with gorgeous and enormous grounds. It is the home of the Duke of Marlborough and it’s the largest home in England. We took a tour of the grounds by golf cart and I wished we had brought a picnic to enjoy in the Duke’s spectacular back yard. For Harry Potter fans we also saw the tree that was used as the Whomping Willow in the films, with a little computer-generated help.