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On Wednesday December 12th Pam, Gerald and I set off on the train to London.2012-12-13 at 11-20-03

We arrived just after lunch and took a cab from Euston Station to our apartment in Kensington, which was situated above a very nice restaurant called The Abingdon.

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Gerald’s room.2012-12-12 at 16-13-17

The living room.2012-12-12 at 16-13-55

Bathroom.2012-12-12 at 16-14-23

Pam’s room.2012-12-12 at 16-14-55

My room.

After we settled in we went for a walk down Kensington High Street and purchased travel cards for Pam and Gerald. We then found a camera shop for Pam to buy a new charger for her camera and then we bought some supplies from the local Waitrose supermarket. We had dinner at The Abingdon – I had the mushroom & ricotta ravioloni, which was very good.

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The next morning we took the Tube to the Victoria and Albert Museum where we had tickets for the Hollywood Costume exhibition. It was a terrific exhibition and we were surprised at just how many important costumes from Hollywood films were featured. I loved the Cleopatra costume worn by Claudette Colbert in 1934. We all agreed that Hollywood stars are tiny if the size of the costumes are anything to go by. Meryl Streep is tiny, so was Marylin Monroe. Even the men were small – Daniel Craig is practically a midget, and even Schwarzenegger and Stallone are much smaller than I expected. I guess Hollywood stars are literally larger than life on the silver screen. The only ones who were clearly tall and broad were John Wayne and Elliot Gould.

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Then it was time to do some serious shopping at Harrods. We had to stop for lunch at the Harrods Terrace on the fourth floor.2012-12-13 at 16-51-20

The theme for the Christmas windows was Disney Princesses meets fashion. This one is Sleeping Beauty dressed by Elie Saab.2012-12-13 at 16-48-54

Mulan dressed by Missoni.2012-12-13 at 16-48-33Tiana by Ralph and Russo.

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Cinderella by Versace.2012-12-13 at 16-47-16

Snow White by Oscar de la Renta.2012-12-13 at 16-49-27

Pocahontas by Roberto Cavelli.

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Ariel by Marchesa.2012-12-13 at 16-50-14

Jasmin by Escada.2012-12-13 at 16-50-44

Belle by Valentino.

2012-12-13 at 16-50-51Rapunzel by Jenny Packham. Pam made me take photos of every window because her camera still wasn’t charging properly.

We continued down Brompton Road and had a quick look in Harvey Nichols before heading back to our apartment to rest up.

That evening we had dinner near the Apollo Theatre and then saw Wicked, which we loved. Great music, clever storyline and so funny – which I hadn’t been expecting. I would go and see it again.

 

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