The Mother of all department stores - Harrods

Trip Start Mar 28, 2009
Trip End Apr 14, 2009

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Spent Saturday in the best possible way - with my family in Basingstoke.It was an amazing day which was filled with familiar laughter and happiness. It was fun catching up, reminiscing and planning for the future.Yax and Addy have a 10 week old baby girl who is the reason that I am in the UK. Tigger is definitely going to bring happiness to all of us. It was a long day for all of us but one that we all enjoyed immensely.

Sunday was the last day of the leg in London and we were both exhausted. As a result we wanted to be able to enjoy the last of London and do some sightseeing but still be back early enough to pack our bags and with all that money that I have spent in this economy, you can bet this was going to be a challenge.We decided that we go to Harrods department store in Knightsbridge. Harrods is really part department store and part tourist attraction.The crowds outside Harrods is only rivaled by the crowds watching the changing of the guards ;) The store itself is bewildering.There are five levels and the entire store spans a block. The store is so big that it has a store guide that is actually pamphlet!!!! The store has a central staircase that has a Egyptian theme and it nothing short of awesome. Tourists not the real shoppers literally walk around with their jaws dragging on the floor. The store has become some what of an institution with tourists and many can't leave from London without a little green bag as a souvenir. The management of the store have caught up with this fact and the result is that they have an arcade dedicated to obtaining souvenirs for the store. I am ashamed to say one of the many tourists who walked away with a little memento of the occasion - stop laughing at me :)

Harrods has a policy of being able to source anything for a customer - anything. There are rumours of tigers having been purchased through the store (and that was not me *grin*). As I wandered through the store, I found myself in the furniture department - specifically the ANTIQUE FURNITURE section with its £40 000 furniture. This store opened my eyes to how the other 5% of the world live.I guess if you have the money, there is always something to spend it on. Harrods has a food hall that would make your mouth water and heart quicken - a gastronomic Eden if I have ever seen one. There is also a poignant memorial to Princess Diana and Dodi Al-Fayed who were killed in Paris in a car crash.I did thoroughly enjoy my time wandering through the store and I guess if I was a part of the other 5% I could design a couple of items that I could spend my money on.
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