Saturday, November 6, 2010

Our Last Day in London Before Driving to Stonehenge

Having seen Westminster Abbey earlier from a gondola car on the London Eye, it was on our "must see" list before we left London. Guidebooks say over 1 million visitors annually visit the 700-year-old building, which has been the coronation church since 1245.

After seeing The Changing of the Guard, we walked through St. James's Park (a 58-acre park in Westminster, central London) and on to Buckingham Palace.

Buckingham Palace is one of the few working palaces remaining in the world; tourists this year could visit 19 State Rooms and gardens from July 27 to October 1 because the Queen was not in residence. Surprisingly, it wasn't crowded the Saturday morning we visited.

When walking through Harrods, you experience visual overload so we decided to slow down the pace while on the Fourth Floor and check out the The Perfume Diaries, an exhibition tracing the history of fragrance through the ages. No horsing around at the Hermes display; the French company introduced its first perfume in 1951 with Eau d'Hermes and Caleche ten years later.

Before leaving Harrods, we visited the Food Halls on the Ground Floor. My will power was tested; after all, there were 15 restaurants and cafes as well as dozens of specialty counters offering tempting delicacies from around the world.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

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