Wow! I can now say that I have had the privilege to shop at Harrods, the largest department store in the world…need I say more?! It was AWESOME!! I felt like a little kid in a candy shop! Designer this, designer that, and all in one place!! You can get pretty much anything your little heart desires at this store. Whether it’s that pair of killer Louis Vuitton heels you’ve been eyeing, or a Burberry coat, or even that Hermes bag you’ve always dreamed of; Harrods has them all! This massive store can eat up buckets of time if you’re not careful with all of the different fabulous departments! There’s even a “food court” there, which in actuality is a lot more like a giant food market, which consists of four departments. Who would have thought you could get a designer gown, a mink coat, and a lobster for dinner all in one place?! It was definitely an experience, and I would certainly recommend it to everyone!
I have now officially had my favorite day yet! Although it was cold and very snowy/slushy, Paris was absolutely amazing!! It has always been a dream of mine to see the Eiffel Tower, and it feels so surreal that that actually happened today. I will admit, I was pretty disappointed that we were not able to go up on to the Eiffel Tower due to the weather, however, I slightly made up for that by eating a delicious crepe while in Paris! I had dinner at a delicious restaurant called Au Baroudeur before boarding the train back to London….my pasta was amazing! The train ride back to London did turn into a VERY long commute due to the freight train in front of our train having multiple problems. BUT, we made it back safely to London…eventually. Even with the minor setbacks throughout the day, I still had the time of my life!
I went to ‘The Garrick’ last night, which is one of the oldest pubs in Stratford-Upon-Avon. It was a very cozy, traditional pub, and they had an arrangement of meals and drinks available there. One of the local beers that I tried was called “The Abbot” which is a locally brewed ale. Although it was an IPA, which means a beer is really hoopy, (and I usually do not like hoppy beers) however, this beer was exceptionally smooth & quite delicious. I would highly recommend it to anyone! The bartender we had, Carl, was exceptionally awesome and let the group of us that went try multiple beers and wines that are popular here. I had a great first experience at this pub in England!
Wow! I can’t believe that I am actually going to England! And I’m leaving to go TOMORROW!! It has been a dream of mine to go to London as well as Paris for as long as I can remember, and now, it is finally happening! I am really looking forward to being able to immerse myself into the English culture as well as the French culture while we are in Paris. I absolutely love British accents, so I know that I am going to be in heaven listening to all of the various British citizens talking to each other. While we are only going to be in Paris for a day, I hope to perhaps be able to pick up on some common French phrases while we are there.
England has so many interesting aspects to it. It has a Queen and Royal family as well as the “tea time” tradition that still lives on today even after all of these years. It just goes to show that they stick to their age-old traditions, which is what fuels the charm that I expect England to have. I predict that it will almost be like walking into another world (back in time) when going to some of the old cities such as Bath and Coventry. Being that England is much older than the United States, they have the ability to have buildings and towns that were built centuries ago, and therefore have architecture that is like nothing that is in America. Cities like Bath and Coventry are at the top of my list for some of the beautiful intricate architecture that I look forward to seeing. Paris is another city that just has my anticipation level through the roof, I just can’t wait to see it and how different it is from anywhere else!
There are many assumptions and stereotypes of the British; whether it is that they have dry, stuffy personalities or that they all have bad teeth. Since all I have had to go off of what others have told me prior to this experience, I look forward to being able to develop my own personal opinions on these topics and many other topics as well. Like I said before, I still cannot believe that I am actually getting to go to Paris and London! I know that this trip is going to be absolutely amazing! As for tonight, I know that it will most likely be a very sleepless night due to all of my excitement!!