Saturday, September 8, 2007

Harrods and Kensington

While Jennie visited Wimbledon, I headed off to Harrods, the famous department store, and Kensington!

I was anxious to look around Harrods and see what all the hype was about. After the first few minutes, it lived up to everything I have heard. Although very expensive (mainly because the US dollar is not doing so well against the British pound), I did make a couple of purchases! Some of my favorite departments were the Christmas shop, the pet department (imagine that??!!), and the tea and food court.

One of my favorites in London was the time I spent in Kensington and visiting Kensington Palace, the former residence of Princess Diana. The little town of Kensington was so quaint and beautiful with little cafes and shops which were so cute.

Because this is the 10th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana, a special exhibition was opened at Kensington Palace which included pictures and videos, and my favorite, some of her gowns she wore on various royal and charitable events. It was amazing and absolutely beautiful and very sad at the same time.

I was also able to tour the state rooms inside Kensington Palace. Compared to Buckingham Palace, Kensington was very understated, although very beautiful.

Kensington Palace is a royal residence set in Kensington Gardens in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea just outside London. Of great historical importance, Kensington Palace was the favorite residence of successive sovereigns until 1760. It was also the birthplace and childhood home of Queen Victoria. Today Kensington Palace accommodates the offices and private apartments of a number of members of the Royal Family. Although managed by Historic Royal Palaces, the Palace is furnished with items from the Royal Collection.

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