Our last day in London! And loads to do before we left.
We started our day with another walk through Hyde Park. It was a crisp morning, not nearly so warm as it was on our first walk through the park a little over a week before. But the sun was out and the the trees were burnished gold, occasionally dropping their leaves on the path. We enjoyed seeing runners and people with their dogs, that didn't even need to be leashed, they were so well behaved. Even Rick was inspired to try a push-up or two!
The Serpentine is the beautiful water pond and several boats were out. Also appearing were a number of lovely birds!
The riders were out in force, too!
And we were very happy! (I loved that scarf. It's somewhere in England. Probably at Gatwick... I hope whomever found it loves it as much as I did.)
We crossed over into Knightsbridge and headed to Harrod's. I have to say, this store really does have it all. You can't afford a lot of it. But it has it! (This was the spot with those Mackenzie Childs holiday decorations I showed HERE.)
My favorite part of this store is the food hall.
Check out this ceiling!
And these beautiful cakes.
And this seafood! (Which looks a little creepy to me but sort of fascinating!)
Here's the meat price list. That price is per hundred grams, or 3.5 ounces.
I loved the beautiful candy boxes.
Every detail of this store is elegant.
I just liked riding up and down the escalators!
And Rick even talked me into getting his Christmas present there, a fountain pen. Our sales person wasn't the least bit pushy -- which is the best kind of persuasive!
At least he didn't ask for the Chagall.
We left Harrods and headed a few blocks to the Victoria and Albert Museum.
I think this is one of London's best. You cannot do it in a day, so pick an area. After initially entering through antiquities...
...we picked British history. I wish I could remember what half of these are, but I was in the wheelchair and didn't always see the descriptions in a way I could photograph them.
But I did like the costume section -- here's Rick in a ruff!
And I've always had a soft spot for a canopy bed!
Some of the furniture in the way-back zone was terribly ornate!
This piece is more to my liking!
And call me crazy, but I loved this fireplace!
This installation, however, was my favorite.
It is part of the floor and visible from both levels.
Time was running out and we had a plan!
We were off to meet our friend Joan for drinks at the Meridien Hotel in Piccadilly Circus.
It was a perfect way to end our time in London -- seeing a friend I'd not seen in quite awhile, sipping gin and tonic at a lovely hotel bar. So very British! Joan and I hadn't seen each other since the last PBS conference I attended before retiring, probably in 2012, it was a wonderful reunion.
We're going to take a travel break for a bit while I catch up on other things here -- like Valentine's Day decorating, Baby Grands, a little art and more. When we get back to Britain in a few weeks, it will be to visit Windsor!
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