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Day 80

LONDON

Well, a quiet day today, at last! We had only a few things on the list to do, mainly getting to places we hadn't done on our bucket list and on the HopOnHopOff trips. This was a day to test our tube skills and I think we passed with flying colours. We realised too late in the week that it was school holidays so there were people everywhere. This was a real tube test, not for the faint hearted. Our first stop was Baker Street, not named after Roy Baker as he would have us believe, but, as the rest of you know, the street of the famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. It seemed the whole world was there, except Roy. Strangely, only a few were heading for 221b Baker Street, most were heading around the corner to Madame Tussaud's. We were not interested in dummies so we were fortunate.

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Baker Street tube station
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The great detective Sherlock Holmes (the tall one!)
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221b Baker Street
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With the crowds waiting to get into the museum

After grabbing a coffee with the Madame Tussaud crowds, we headed back onto the tube for our next stop, Mothercare. This brought back memories of both of us of the mail order shop of the seventies where all cool parents got their special baby and kids clothes. When our navigational skills took us unerringly to the front door, we were kind of disappointed, not because it was not good, but because it now looked like Pumpkin Patch, Oshkosh, and all the others. Mothercare was no longer quite so special and unique but that didn't stop Jenny spending an hour looking for clothes for her twins. Significantly, the shopping bag was no heavier when we left but it was a good time for her. Our next stop was Harrods. We had both been there before but is was a must do, especially on a cool, rain threatening day!

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Harrods department store
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Jenny about to go shopping

What a place it is! The prices are not really designed for a couple of Kiwis from Dunedin but it was a great place to explore. We had a tasty lunch and coffee in one of the restaurants, was very cosy and a bit posh. We handled it well until the bill arrived! We explored the clothes sections, saw nothing we would really want to try on, and had a good look at the toys and the furniture. It was fun pretending and there were some awesome pieces of furniture. Not sure they would have looked good in Duxford Crescent!

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Our lunch restaurant in Harrod's
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Jenny enjoying the comforts of the restaurant
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Another view of our restaurant
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A perfect living room setting for us!

It was a scramble to get back out of Harrod's. It was amazing to see the ridiculously rich arriving by chauffeur driven BMWs, having the doorman rush out to greet them, and hold up all the traffic while they manoeuvred themselves out of their cars and into Harrod's. Some of them weren't that old either! We went the wrong way because we were eyeballing all this and ended up doing a complete circumnavigation of Harrod's before we found our tube station again. Then it was back to the flat at the end of the day. Boy, it gets dark early in London now! After a quiet tea and a catchup with Carlotta we were off to bed for a well deserved sleep.

Posted by Ian.jenny 02:42

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