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My favourite shop

Last week, while I was still busy figuring out how my digital camera worked, bogwitch requested I post a picture of my favourite shop. I said I would. Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to actually go there yet...I hope she'll forgive me for cheating: here's a picture not taken with my new camera in or of my favourite shop in Holland, but instead it's one of me inside my most favourite shop of all:

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Tacky, I know, but there you have it: out of all the shops in all the world, quite possibly I love Harrods best. It's got everything. Friendly staff; clean, spacious powder rooms well-stocked with makeup and perfumes; lovely bedlinens and porcelain tastefully displayed...I can easily spend hours going round the millinery and shoe departments alone, and I especially love-love-love to have a wander through the foodhalls, picking up a few things to munch on while I'm there. And it's not just the foodhalls -- how about the chocolate bar on the 6th floor? It's the perfect place to sit down, rest your feet and sort through your purchases. And I like to meet my friends in the tapas bar downstairs. Or slurp champagne and oysters on those days I'm feeling decadent and devil-may-care.

The only thing I don't like about Harrods is the crowds. And the fact that they've thrown out most of the haberdashery department a year or two ago.



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Aug. 17th, 2005 11:47 am (UTC)
Hee! You look Tres sophisticated! I'll forgive you.

I've only been to Harrods once, in 1986.
Aug. 17th, 2005 12:12 pm (UTC)
You look Tres sophisticated!

Cheers! And I hadn't just popped in to pose for a picture, either (did you know you're actually not allowed to take photographs inside Harrods -- some silly rule I've trodden underfoot on many an occasion) -- I was calling for a cab to take our purchases back to our hotel when my friend whipped out her camera.

We had also visited that other favourite haunt of mine in the vicinity: the V&A, as is evidenced by the carrier bag in my hand.
Aug. 18th, 2005 07:17 am (UTC)
I'm more of a British Museum frequenter myself, but the V&A is fascinating.
Aug. 18th, 2005 11:29 am (UTC)
I love the British Museum as well. And the National Gallery. And the (member) restaurants at the Tate and the National Portrait Gallery...
Aug. 18th, 2005 11:48 am (UTC)
I've never been in the portrait Gallery, and I must get round to the new Tate.
Aug. 17th, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC)
Hee! I visited Harrods during my one and only visit to London in 1987. I have a picture of me and my friends in one of the fancy powder rooms!
Aug. 17th, 2005 02:13 pm (UTC)
Post it! Post it!

And hee! Mrs. Slocombe!
Aug. 17th, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)
Harrods sounds wonderful. I've heard about it, but it's not a place I've ever been.
Aug. 17th, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC)
Harrods is wonderful. I prefer it to Harvey Nicks down the road, and Saks 5th Avenue, Bloomingdales and Henry Bendel in New York. There's loads to see and sample in all of these department stores, but Harrods has a certain je ne sais quoi that makes it extra special to me. I don't know, I feel at home there. And...it even has a Krispy Kreme's there these days!
Aug. 17th, 2005 06:05 pm (UTC)
LOL...I didn't realize Krispy Kreme had made it overseas! Personally, I dislike Krispy Kreme. I prefer the local Lamar's donuts. They're much better, IMHO.
Aug. 17th, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
Really? They must be something alright, because Krispy Kreme's are the best I've tasted yet. Although perhaps the fact that they were handing them out for free last time we were in Bluewater, calove and I, may have had something to dowith it! ;-)

(Oh, and Bluewater is Britain's version of a mall).
Aug. 17th, 2005 06:21 pm (UTC)
Britain only has one mall? Huh, interesting.

Well, Krispy Kremes are a big hit in the States, but I know a few others who aren't as impressed. They're mostly air and sugar, where Lamar's donuts have substance. They're glazed donuts are some of the best I've ever had.
Aug. 17th, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC)
Britain only has one mall?

I think there may be another one up North, near the Lake District; and I believe they're thinking about building a few more in other places, too. Give it a couple of years and the place will be teeming with them!

Of course, there's plenty of shopping centres and arcades in any self-respecting town as well, tolling the death-knell for the traditional high street shops (or so we're constantly being admonished by the proprietors of said high street shops), but there aren't many other places on the scale of Bluewater yet.

And the fact that the Krispy Kreme donuts were so light and airy was the very thing that appealed to me! I could fool myself into thinking that I really wasn't greedy and bad at all accepting and scoffing all those free sugary morsels!
Aug. 17th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
LOL...I like my donuts with a bit more substance. That way I can convince myself that it's NOT just like eating a bunch of cotton candy. :)

That's very interesting, since almost above a certain number of people has a mall, and the town I'm in has two or three, plus high street shops.
Aug. 18th, 2005 07:15 am (UTC)
We have out of town mall's! There's Lakeside for a start.

What is the strict definition of mall though? Does it have to be self contained and out of town? Because many town centres have huge indoor shopping complexes we would define as malls, e.g. Milton Keynes and Watford.
Aug. 18th, 2005 01:01 pm (UTC)
No, I think that would qualify as a mall. In fact, I wonder if what we call a mall, and you call a mall are just a little different. Most of our malls are somewhere in town, and are often all indoors. Some of them are self-contained, but we've got one where all the shops are situated together, but they all open to the outdoors.
Aug. 18th, 2005 06:44 pm (UTC)
I was so glad when Krispy Kreme started expanding all over the place. We had a KK store in Savannah when I was growing up and I couldn't believe they didn't have them when I moved to Louisiana 13 (OMG I can't believe it's been that long) years ago. The have just shown up out here a couple of years ago, and there is really nothing else like them.
Aug. 18th, 2005 07:16 pm (UTC)
Another Krispy Kreme enthusiast! I knew I'd friended you for a reason! ;-)
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