Victoria here. I love to travel. Any place, anytime.
As long as it starts or ends in London.
Buckingham Palace Gate
I travel for fun, to study history and biographies of famous people, to sort out the eccentricities of the natives and the visitors alike, and — I admit it — to peruse the gift shops wherever I go. Ordinarily I am not a very good shopper. To me, most shopping is in the ERRAND category, to be dispensed with quickly and with a minimum of fuss. BUT! Not so when I am in a museum…or a stately home…or a cathedral…or a palace…or in Liberty of London.
Interior, Liberty, Regent Street
Trying for a shot of Apsley House
I love to take lots of pictures, abetted by the wonders of the digital camera, with which you can delete any picture you don’t like immediately and try it again. Snap, snap, snap. Of course, my husband tells me I have way too many pictures and that I will soon fill up my hard disk, but I can’t wait to be at it again. He especially laughs at all the flower and garden pictures I take. A rose is a rose is a rose, he says. But I know that one rose comes from Cadogan Square.
Or from the heart of Bloomsbury:
Or from Windsor Castle.
Garden at Windsor Castle
Another one comes from Hatfield House! No two are the same.
The Old Palace, Hatfield
Another favorite of mine is wisteria. I can’t resist grabbing the camera and shooting away when I encounter those dripping purple blossoms.
Old Palace, Hatfield
And did I mention how much I love to browse in the gift shops? We all know that every one of those items is probably available on line — and if I ordered it, I wouldn’t have to crowd my suitcase with new possessions. But I am helpless in the face of that sign: This Way to the Gift Shop.
I love to visit in the winter…
Eastwell Manor, Kent
bluebells and rhododendrons at Bowood, Wiltshire
Old Palace at Hatfield House
Sheffield Park, East Sussex
I love to visit castles
Bodiam Castle, Sussex
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire
British Library, St. Pancras Station and Hotel, London
Chedworth Roman Villa
Hampton Court Palace
The Salisbury Museum, Wiltshire
The British Museum
The Wallace Collection, Manchester Square
And did I mention gift shops?
Of course, I also love the food.
Fish n’ Chips
…The Ubiquitous Full English Breakfast
Well, at least a little of it!
with Yorkshire pudding and veg
…Tea in all varieties
Pump Room Champagne Tea, Bath
…and the ultimate in shopping for the gourmets and gourmands among us, Fortnum and Mason.
Fortnum and Mason, Piccadilly
Fortnum and Mason Window
Best of all: Bookstores!
Sorry, I can’t add more now —
too busy browsing the shelves! See you in England!!
JOIN THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON TOUR SEPTEMBER 4-14, 2014