Hubby’s job brought him to London this past week , so of course that means I also went. This time though, was especially fun because friends of ours from New York have relocated there, so I had my friend Melinda as a partner in crime the whole time!
It was so much fun to be able to see the city with her. We laughed so much while strolling the streets, going to coffee shops, (no tea here!), exploring the British Museum and the best part of all- shopping.
To me, Harrod’s is the ultimate shopping mecca. I went two days in a row and still didn’t get to see everything they offer. The food court alone is a one day excursion.
Being American, this time of year is all about Thanksgiving. Everywhere we go we see turkeys, pilgrims, cornucopias and beautifully set tables. However, I tend to forget that Thanksiving is strictly and American holiday! That means Europeans get a jump on the Chritstmas holiday by a month.
The streets of London were shining brightly at every corner, especially the windows at Harrod’s. The building is about as big as the New York City Macy’s, which takes up an entire city block. That means a lot of windows. It was dark out when I was leaving so I walked the entire building to get some photos to share.
The front of the building were all colorful and animated Christmas themed vignettes.
The toy top was spinning while the birds chirped.
The jewelry box ballerina danced to music
Final touches were being put on the animated marionette
The rocking horse swayed back and forth to Christmas music
The princess spun on her throne to show off her gown by Stella McCartney
Santa was flying through the air with his eight reindeer
A Jack-in-the-Box moved up and down
And a large clock counted down the time til the New Year
Another side of the building had smaller windows which were two or three level dioramas. The detail was incredible for such a small scale.
Every one of these had tiny little snow flakes falling down.
The last side of the building were various vendors highlighting their products. They were also very festive and beautifully done.
The trip has really inspired me for the upcoming holidays and our first Christmas at the Money Pit …
SO….what would a post be without an update???
Before we left for our trip, we purchased flooring for the entire upstairs. I made an installation appointment on a recommendation from the flooring store. The man came here, measured, gave us a price and a written estimate. We booked him to start today through Wednesday. I just hung up the phone on him as I had to call because he never showed up. He told me he doesn’t recall who I am, doesn’t remember coming to the house and is so booked is not sure when he can start. Seriously!???
Thank you, Mr. Floorman for embarrassing me when I have to tell my friends they can’t come this weekend because there is no room for them to sleep.
WELCOME BACK TO REALITY…