Saturday, May 31, 2008
The Saturday Seven: Reasons I'm Glad to be Home
#1 Back with my other half again (it's tough to be apart for so long)
#2 Hugging the dog and cat
#3 Sleeping in my own comfy bed
#4 Able to eat a bowl of cereal on the sofa watching TV
#5 Warm, sunny weather again!
#6 I can buy things that don't cost twice as much as they should
#7 I can finally stop writing so many postcards!
Friday, May 30, 2008
above: I took a moment to relax in the Great Hall at the IoD. Here I sit, underneath the portrait of the Queen Mum, (now deceased)
above left: This is the grand staircase at the entrance of the IoD. above right: The dining room at the IoD. If you look carefully, the walls have enormous portraits of all sorts of historically important Brits: Prime Ministers, Royals, and Generals.
above left: Cousin Sean and I dined in this cozy corner of the IoD dining room, which had lovely views of Buckingham Palace. above right: after dinner we left the club and went to the Rose Room at the Sofitel hotel for some champagne.
above: at Harrod's department store, in the Egyptian Room in the lower level. It is unlike any retail experience you've ever had anywhere else in the world. Rick's Roadshow is nearing it's end. Tomorrow I'll post a few last photos of this journey. Thanks for stopping by today!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
A Few Sights in and Around London
above: Statue of Oliver Cromwell, and a view of the House of Parliament, with "Big Ben"
above: Whitehall Palace guard house, and the flag adorned "Pall Mall road", which leads to Buckingham Palace.
above: Trafalgar Square. It was raining a bit when I took this photo.
above: I didn't waste anytime and went to Harvey Nichols department store in Knightsbridge, a fabulous retailer. I enjoyed a refreshment in their cafe on the top floor, just next to their fantastic wine shop.
above: a lounge also on the top floor of Harvey Nichols. this gold padded wall hallway led to the open lounge area which was bustling. It was THE place to be that evening...
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
above: The exterior of the Fortnum & Mason building on Picadilly Street in London. Check out the up close detail of the clock.
Fortnum's Legendary Afternoon High Tea
The primary reason for my visit to Fortnum & Mason was to take Afternoon High Tea, the quintessential English tradition. I particularly like going to Fortnum's for tea because they offer proper high tea, in an elegant setting that is comfortable and relaxing. There is usually piano music playing softly in the background, or even harp music or violins. It's as near to a slice of heaven on earth as one can find in London.
above: Guests may choose to take tea in a more informal setting, such as on a comfy sofa, settee or arm chair, or at a more formal table with complete linen service. I probably don't need to tell you which one I prefer...
above: High Tea at Fortnums starts with champagne, then a choice of things like finger sandwiches, Eggs Benedict, smoked salmon and Welsh Rarebit. I happen to quite like Welsh Rarebit (it's really just toast with melted cheese and mustard). Then, fresh made, warm scones with clotted cream and jam are served. I could eat scones all day if you let me.
above: The service ends with a fabulous selection of petits fours (miniature cakes and pastries). By the point I have usually had far too many scones and limit myself to 2 or 3 petits fours at most. I resisted the temptation to have a photo taken of me, but I did manage to sneak in all these other photos. After tea, I went shopping for all sorts of unnecessary but truly wonderful things. It was a perfect way to spend an afternoon in London. Rick's Roadshow continues...
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Views of South Kensington
above: The Pelham Hotel, where I am staying. It's a lovely hotel with an inviting drawing room, library and sitting rooms that feel like you are staying at a rich uncle's home, rather than a large hotel.
above: Buildings along Brompton Road, and the expensive row houses in the Kensington neighborhood.
above left: the front entrance to the famed Victoria & Albert Museum, and above right: the London Oratory.
above left: the entrance to the fabled department store Liberty of London. above right: a quick photo of Berkley Square (pronounced "barkley"). Some of you may know the standard song "...and a nightingale sang in Berkley Square..." Well this is the area to which that song refers. Hope today's post was worth reading and waiting for. Special thanks to Olivia for meeting me yesterday!~
Monday, May 26, 2008
So here are some final photos of my last night in Nuremberg, Bavaria. We ate dinner at a wonderful German restaurant called Raubritter, located just off the main square, in a rathskeller/basement. As you can see from this top left photo, the stairway going down had all sorts of "authentic" looking decor. We made our way down the stone steps into the restaurant, which looked like it had been there for ages and ages. Much to our delight, no one in the place spoke English, so it turned out to be a fun evening. Looking around (and listening) there were virtually no tourists dining. Or perhaps I should say everyone was speaking German.
above: the restaurant had a cozy bar that was decorated with all sorts of German beer stuff.
above: Stone vaulted ceilings gave the restaurant an old world feel. Our table (not shown) was in a tiny cave-like corner, with no electricity, so the only light we had was from two candles. The low curved cave ceiling had soot all over it from years of burning candles at that table. It was really a cool place to dine. The food was delicious, although we didn't recognize any of the food that arrived. It was because we couldn't read the menu!
One last statue/fountain...
above: This fountain was so beautiful, with lots of detail. It's difficult to see it all but you can tell that there is quite a bit going on within it.
And just for a laugh...
above: I saw a shop in Nuremberg with hundreds of wigs, all on display in the window. There were two other large windows like this one, all with different wigs. It's not something you see often in the US...so I just had to include it.
Tomorrow, I have a surprise for the loyal readers of this blog. I do hope you will stop by and check it out, as Rick's Roadshow continues once again from London!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
above: Nuremberg is situated on the Pegnitz river and the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal. It affords charming views of the city.
The Hauptmarkt Square
above: a clown and an old German Witch from the Forest. She was playing the flute. I gave the witch 2 Euros as well.
above left: Many of the stands were selling white asparagus, which are in season at the moment and are being served on every menu in town. above right- I thought these red eggs were interesting, not sure why.
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