Time is going by fast.
I am pretty much caught up with my sleep but got a late start this morning. I woke early, watched some British TV then got ready to go out. As I was about to go I got an email from my office about a package they were trying to send me. It seems it got stuck in customs because it didn't have proper paperwork. At this point it's not going to make it before I leave so I had to have it re-routed to Paris.
The box contains a camera because the one I brought with me has completely died. Dumb luck so now I am snapping pics with a disposable.
This morning I also called Lufthansa to try and get the "special" meal request I gave them removed (see my earlier Lufthansa post).
Today I originally planned to head first to Regent Street to buy a sweatshirt because the weather has turned cold. I was on the number 9 bus (that I tried to take last night) and instead I jumped off at Knightsbridge to have a look at Harvey Nichols and Harrods.
I enjoyed shopping at both stores but perfer Harvey Nichols. Harrods is certainly a grand event but a bit too big for my taste. I like the style of Harvey Nic's vs. the "theater" of Harrods. Two of my favorite departments in both stores is the fragrance and food halls.
Why the fragrance departments? Well, free cologne spritzing! I can wear something I can't afford!
The Food Halls in both stores are also a lot of fun. For sheer size and show, Harrods wins. Not only does Harrods have every gourmet treat under the sun, they also have great displays and architecture. One thing that turns me off in the food halls at Harrods is the. Stink of Krispy Kreme donuts throughout the halls. I didn't come to London to smell Krispy Kremes.
On the other hand I like Harvey Nics food halls on the upper fllor because it seems to have class. If you want a "modern" British gourmet give in cool packaging, this is the place to go.
After wearing myself out at Harrods I crossed the street to get a sandwich at EAT. I didn't have an appetite today so I just had a simple English Cheddar with Bryanston pickle and greens. I also had another one of those vanilla cupcake like I had yesterday. Today it wasn't so fresh.
Afterwards I went to an adorable childrens store called Bonpointe. The clothing was beautiful and store presentation was definitly upscale. Even if my camera wasn't broken I couldn't have taken photos. I was followed throughout the store by the attentive sales clerks.
By the time I departed Bonpointe it was dark outside. It seems like it starts getting dark here at about 3.30p. Outside Bonpointe I hopped back on the number 19 bus (this was the one I got on by accident last night) and traveled atop the bus to Piccadilly Circus.
On Regent Street there is a shop called Uniglo. Uiniglo is a shop that I discoivered years ago on a trip to Japan. The concept of Uniglo is to sell basic clothes at a basic price. They clothes are so basic that they don't even have a label. It's a good stop if you need a top, tee or underwear. I picked up a French terry sweatshirt for only £9.99. If you live in NJ their first USA store is in the Menlo Park Mall.
After Regents Street I took the tube to Regents Park to check out the shops at Marylebone High Street, but that's a later post!
I hope this isn't too boring.
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