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  • Day17

    High-End Shops and Shakespeare

    August 15, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    To begin with, it felt like we were re-creating an episode of Ab Fab, visiting Harvey Nicks, Harrods and Selfridges. Not sure who was Eddie and who was Patsy but Ricky felt like a drink afterwards.

    In Harrod's, we had a stickybeak at the Diana and Dodi memorial before getting lost in all of the decadence that surrounded us. To resist the urge to indulge, we quickly exited, dragging ourselves away from the foodhall.

    From high-end shops to high culture, the afternoon was spent under the sun in Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (well, a recreation of it). Being the plebs that we are, we were huddled in the yard, like peasants from seventeenth century England. King Lear was on the menu, with a modern adaptation of the classic play.
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  • Day2

    Harrods Department store

    August 14 in the United Kingdom

    This place is massive and amazing. You could spend a day here and not see it all.

  • Day17

    London, England

    September 5, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Another big day of sightseeing in London. After finishing our bus trip we went to the Queens Mews, this is where the Royal carriages are housed and the Queen's horses kept. Then we went on the Beatles walking tour which included a walk through the Royal Village, so many exclusive shops. From there over to Kensington Palace for a tour through the State rooms and the exhibition of Diana's dresses. Then another long walk to Harrods where we indulged in an enormous Harrods ice cream for dinner. I had a delicious Banoffi basket - vanilla and caramel ice cream, banana and caramel sauce in a lace waffle basket, very decadent. Thank heavens I walked all those kms today.Read more

  • Day6

    A Post Of It's Own

    August 29, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    Harrods is so impressive I thought it deserved it's own post (plus I'm only allowed 6 photos per post).
    Getting there was easy, the underground is great although it was a lot busier today than yestetday.
    Getting from Knightsbridge station to Harrods was easier said than done. Between googlemaps not being quite sensitive enough when using walk mode and me having lost all sense of direction I walked twice as far as I needed to.
    A side note - I never realised how much I used the sun to guage my bearings. I was really struging until Caroline pointed out the sun will be in the south, now I just struggle sometimes.

    Well there is no sun in Harrods so I don't have that excuse for getting lost in there. I'm sure one of the reasons everything is so expensive is that you'll buy almost anything if they'll tell you how to get out.

    It was very crowded but I expect that now. I started in the food hall. The cheese! I bought a lobster club sandwich to have when I was finished. There is a photo below of the price/100g of steak. Incredible prices.

    I wandered through perfumes and modern art (neither what I wanted to see) until I found the household goods section and the books. I had a good wander round. Near the gift registry I realised I nothing seemed to have a price on it. The first thing I looked at was the peacock in the photo below. £69,000!!!!
    I then found a cutlery set for about £23,000. Incredible and if I'm honest, a little distasteful.
    The crockery section was amazing. I took these photos for you Jodie but don't expect me to bring anything back for the next high tea.

    Coloured glasswear seems to back in fashion mum. Did you keep all yours?
    And Margaret I'm guessing its been a while since you were at Harrods? The toilets were a big disappointment. Iv'e seen better ones at wineries down south.
    It then took about 30 minutes to find my wayout. The place is huge.

    Photos:
    Cups and saucers
    Steak prices/100g
    Cheese!
    More dining sets
    Coloured glasseear
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  • Day9

    Day 8: London, England

    July 15, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    Today was a busy day and I'm having a hard time remembering everything we did and in what order. We started by taking the Picadilly line to South Kensington to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum of art and design. The museum was much bigger than I was expecting so we only did a small section of Europe (lots of clothing, furniture, art) and then the medieval section which was super fascinating with it's relics, sculpture, and tempera art, and lastly the enormous Raphael paintings. We left much unseen there to make our way to our reserved time for tea. We walk through Kensington Gardens to the palace and literally right next to the palace is a tea house called The Orangery where we had our afternoon tea. I didn't realize until afterwards that it was Joel's first afternoon tea so I walked him through the history and etiquette before we left which was very amusing to him. It's a great place to have tea because it's got a great view of the gardens and of Kensington Palace, a good tea, and isn't too stuffy (the big places are Fortnum and Mason and the Ritz which I'm sure are great but more expensive and not as laid back). After that we walked through Hyde Park which put us out on Oxford Street where we started our shopping excursions. We went to the big department stores (Marks and Spencer, Selfridges, House of Fraser) looking for trinkets and a china tea cup and saucer but with no luck. I ended up with 2 travel size spray deodorants from Boots that you can only buy full size in the states right now. Determined that deodorant wouldn't be the only thing I'd bring home from London we decided to wander more. We meander down Bond street which has the most exclusive and expensive brands in the world- I only recognize about 1/3 of the brands. We turn a bit left to meander down Burlington Arcade where the boutiques are even more expensive with watches and jewelry and tailors. There are security guards at every store entrance and pictures are strictly prohibited (but I got one before I knew that... Promise). We got an Americano at Richloux's before going down Picadilly Arcade where I found a perfume brand that's not in the states that I've been keen on called Killian. The attendant and I talk a while about various perfumes and what I'm looking for and I look back to see a comical face on Joel as if I've been speaking a different language for the past 5 minutes. I'm tempted, but not sold so we keep moving. We go back to Fortnum and Mason to pick out a box of chocolates to munch on tonight and some more tea to bring home after sampling and smelling several. Then we happen upon a little vendor market on Picadilly next to the St James Church and Joel finds some really unique stamps to add to his seal collection. The stamp owner went out of his way to explain different techniques to emboss the stamp and the history behind each symbol, super nice man. Next up was a bookstore called Waterstones where I broke down and bought The Tales of Beedle the Bard Harry Potter book- it was too stinkin' perfect not to. After that we visit the Nespresso store which allows you to taste whichever espresso you want and we both enjoy a free decaf espresso. I've had my eye on the new Vertuo Line and wanted Joel to approve it, so I was relieved that he loved it. We made our way into Carnaby Market which is a tangle of restaurants, shops, and events of all sorts. We really enjoyed talking with some of the shop owners here too. Something that really surprised both of us is how friendly and engaging everyone is here. They want to ask you which state you're from or talk about politics or current events. You'd think they'd be tired of tourists, but that hasn't been our experience so far. We walk and shop until my feet and hungry stomach can't take it anymore and return via the underground to our flat to make dinner and plan for our last day in London. I'm really taking to London. Once you get the hang of the tube and looking the opposite way for traffic, it's really an incredibly fun place.Read more

  • Day2

    Hop-on Hop-off Tour

    May 30 in the United Kingdom

    Eigentlich war unser Plan heute noch die St. Paul's Cathedral zu besichtigen und diese mit einem Hop on Hop off bus anzufahren. Die Busse fahren gleich um die Ecke des Tower los und sollten uns doch eigentlich, trotz dass wir fast die ganze Runde fahren müssen, bevor wir zu St. Paul's kommen und in einer passablen Zeit dort abliefern.

    Normalerweise sind wir ja eigentlich fast nie mit den TouriBussen unterwegs aber heute gibt's 2 Gründe, die erstmal dafür sprechen; erstens wir sind beide nicht soo gut zu Fuß heute unterwegs und die Fahrt ist im London Pass enthalten.

    Wir entscheiden uns für Big bus... und schon geht's los. Zuerst Richtung Themse und dort entlang Richtung House of Parlament, schön zu sehen wie das ohne Regen so ist.
    Aber relativ bald merken wir, das die Fahrt wohl länger als von uns gedacht, dauern wird. Erstens fährt der Bus eine riesige Runde und dabei auch immer noch einige 'Extra-Schleifen' deren Sinn sich uns nicht ganz erschließt. Zweitens tut der Mega Verkehr in London sein übriges, damit der Bus kaum vorankommt.

    Nach einer guten Stunde Fahrt sind wir immer noch 'Stunden' von Ste. Paul's entfernt. Wir ändern unseren Plan und wollen 'gleich' am Kensington Palace aussteigen und diesen heute noch besichtigen.

    Wir sind immer noch einige Halte entfernt, aber unsere 'Lust' auf die Hop on Hop off Tour wird immer größer und wir wissen wieder, warum wir das normal nicht machen. Man sieht sehr viel von der Stadt (zumindest wenn der Bus mal vorankommt), aber es fehlt das Flair der Stadt und der Plätze. Man fährt vorbei und sieht es, aber man kann es nicht fühlen... Die Bauwerke werden austauschbar.

    Wir fahren auch gerade an 2 interessanten Bäckereien vorbei, die wir vom Bus gesehen haben und steigen kurzentschlossen am nächsten Stop aus, da wir auch schon in 'Laufweite' zum Palast sind. Das wird erstmal wieder unsere letzte Hop on Hop off Tour für längere Zeit gewesen sein... Auch wenn wir heute nicht so zu Fuss können, wie wir wollen, ist uns das Erleben der Stadt wichtiger als 'alles zu sehen'.
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  • Day2

    Café L'ETO

    May 30 in the United Kingdom

    Wir laufen zum ersten entdeckten Café und da es auch noch Platz hat bleiben wir gleich hier.

    Die Kuchen und Törtchen sind gleich im Schaufenster gekühlt zu finden und wir suchen uns auch gleich jeder ein Stück aus, welches wir dann 'shared' essen wollen. Wir bestellen den Kuchen und werden an einen Tisch platziert. Dann ward erstmal lange niemand an unserem Tisch gesehen um evtl. die Bestellung für Kaffee aufzunehmen. Erst als der Kuchen gebracht wird, können wir bestellen.

    Insgesamt ist der Kuchen gut und die Getränke OK... Renate hatte einen Green Matcha Latte, welcher in der Kaffeesektion der Karte zu finden war, aber dem Geschmack nach keinen Kaffee enthielt... meine Hot Chocolate war i.O. Der Service war etwas komisch und auch das Publikum in dem Cafe insgesamt sehr 'strange'.

    Wir genossen unseren Kuchen relativ schnell, da das Cafe von der Temperatur her einem Eisschrank nahe kam und wir schnell wieder nach draußen 'ins Warme' wollten.
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  • Day2

    Harrods

    June 12 in the United Kingdom

    Angekommen am letzten Ziel vorm Abendessen, dem Harrods, war das Staunen groß. Von außen stellt das Harrods ein wahres Meisterstück der Architektur dar. Perfekt bis ins kleinste Detail, sehr schön verziert und geschmückt. Innen zieht sich die Liebe zum Detail durch jeden Raum. Vor allem die Räume mit Lebensmittel haben uns sehr gefallen. Einzelne Räume nur für Süßes, Gebäck, Fleisch, Käse und warme Speisen. Es gab z.B. auch Wiener Schnitzel. Leider ist hier nichts wirklich in unserer Preisklasse, daher ist es beim bummeln und der Nutzung der pompösen WC‘s (mit Parfüm zum Nutzen und Service) geblieben.Read more

  • Day16

    Harrods Department Store, London, UK

    July 6 in the United Kingdom

    This was hands down the most expensive meal we will have on the trip and it was in a department store! This place is massive with departments for everything. There's even various places to eat. We ate at The Rotisserie which was a counter with stools in the food department. I loved my meal, Doug said his duck wasn't quite cooked enough. We had about 2 hours to wander through here before it closed. I think it would take 2 days to see everything.Read more

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