Sunday, April 21 – Our last full day in England, flying home on Monday at noon from Heathrow Airport, London. The first leg of the flight will take us to Dulles Airport in Washington, DC, then Natalie will head toward Dallas, and I will go to Louisville, KY, which is near my home in Indiana.
On this last day we awoke in the Saffron Hotel and were awaiting our taxi, which should arrive at 9AM to whisk us to our next hotel, the Raddison Blu, near Heathrow airport. We’d drop off our bags then make our way back into London for some final sightseeing.
First things first, and for me, that’s always breakfast. I don’t require a LOT of food first thing, but I am in the habit of having *something*, as soon as I get going for the day. There was nothing going on downstairs at the hotel in the way of breakfast setup (Sunday morning, you know), so I went on outside into the village streets and took a few last photographs. While I was out I checked to see if perhaps Mollie’s Tea Room was open this morning, and they were indeed! I stopped in to say hello/goodbye to Carrie, my friend there, and had *wonderful* eggs benedict for breakfast. It was a perfect execution of that classic, and they even enhanced it by using thick slices of ham instead of what we usually get, which is a thin piece of Canadian bacon. It was delicious and filling – I could not eat all of it!
I left Mollie’s and returned to the hotel to join up with Natalie. Our car arrived right on schedule and we were driven directly to our next hotel. We chose a hired car this time instead of attempting to navigate our way on the Train/Tube. As our driver, David, sped us on our way we had a pleasant conversation with him. As a part of that, I found out he had an interest in getting started with creative writing, so I tried to recruit him as the first International member of our writing group in Brandenburg, KY. He seemed interested, so I gave him one of my cards with my contact information, but I haven’t heard from him since, so maybe that won’t happen. Oh, well 🙂
We made it to the Radisson Blu without incident, dropped off our bags, then David drove us to the nearest Tube station so we could get downtown. We managed to get that all figured out, jumped on the appropriate subway train, and made our way to Trafalgar Square, in order to visit the National Gallery. That turned out to be an interesting thing to see, lots of wonderful paintings, but they did not allow photography there, so I don’t have anything to show you other than the outside of the building. After spending 90 minutes or so in there we decided to head for Harrod’s Department store – that should be neat, indeed!
We zipped on over to Harrod’s, and entered the Multi-Mega-Disneyland of department stores. Whatever you’ve heard about Harrod’s probably didn’t really tell the tale. Whatever I write here is only a weak description of the most amazing shopping experience ever created! And, it’s all about MONEY, just so you’ll know. We went to the candy department, the jewelry department, the clothing department – WOW! We were in the jewelry department, just browsing, and I looked down at a little bauble, found it was priced at 9,900 Pounds Sterling! I was about to say something to Natalie about it, then noticed the entryway into the NEXT department, which was LUXURY jewelry! Good heavens, what do they call this stuff? Really expensive costume jewelry?? We were in the tea department, and I saw a nice little set with a small teapot and 4 small tins of tea leaves, asked, “How much for this?” The saleslady said, “One Hundred Fifty Nine Pounds!” I decided NOT to get that! In the children’s department I saw a dollhouse as tall as a 12-year old girl…. 1000 Pounds! We saw a lady’s jacket, all leather…. 5000 Pounds! Save up yer money before ya come, ok?
Well, we headed on back to the hotel, knowing that it was basically all over 😦 We had an incredible time in England, the people were great, the weather cooperated, it just couldn’t have been any better! Many thanks to Natalie for making this possible, I think I have the best daughter in the whole world!! Love ya, Nat! 🙂