Leicester – as I have written before, normally is not a tourism destination. A long Saturday was more than enough to go around the city, tell our son about our University days there and visit the “good old times” points of interest. So for our second day in Leicester, we needed to find something interesting around the city. Moreover, you know in UK, they drive from the wrong side, so we did not have a rental car to go around, which meant we needed somewhere to go by bus. Thanks to the lovely ladies at “visitleicester” office, they recommended us to go to Market Harborough – a historic small cute village, with the nice independent shops and local restaurants open on Sundays.
Just a few steps from our hotel in Leicester, in front of Leicester Train Station, we took the bus to Market Harborough and it took less that 1 hour to get there.
We did have a nice walk in town with many stops at some shops, especially the stationary and we did have a nice meal at Wildwood Restaurant (www.wildwoodrestaurants.co.uk) The restaurant is very child and baby friendly. I especially loved the cute stickers of the activity book they have given.
On the way back from Market Harborough, we got off the bus at Victoria Park. This park, is a very large and very empty green grass area in Leicester and in our “Good old days” years, it used to be a center of many activities, with many British families coming here to relax for Sundays. However, in 16 years we saw that the profile of Victoria Park fans have changed a lot with an Arabic approach to the environment. We were surprised to see the scene. The toilets and all the amenities were closed indicating “bad use of premises”. Surely, not a nice park to come any more. But the real shock would come a week after, when we went to Hyde park in London, for Sunday, totally occupied by Arabic communities. Well, more to tell about it in the coming weeks.