Omnia Omnibus Ubique

Trip Start Sep 07, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Perhaps, when you were a child, you were told stories of magical places. Stories that featured landscapes like Neverland, Atlantis, Wonderland, or even Narnia. Well, that magical place you were told about is real, and it is at 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, or more simply known as Harrods.  Harrods contains seven floors and 330 rooms that function as a gorgeous free-for-all for the wealthy.  Harrods has everything, literally, but it comes at a (sometimes astonishing) price.  It's not set up as a mall, it's like a house, and each room is set up like a home.  You travel from room to room being show the most luxurious trinkets known to man.

There is a food hall (not a food court) on the ground floor that has a breads, cheeses (in the Fromagerie), sushi, and a supermarket of every type of fruit, vegetable, and mushroom you could dream of.  You may notice in the picture that Harrods even has mangosteen for a mere 23/kg.  There is also a very large room dedicated to candies and chocolates which, as someone who sampled the free samples twice, is very delicious.

I moved from the food into the retail items.  Photography is not permitted at Harrods; however, each room was essentially a reset button.  I could take one photograph per room before an employee would inform me that photography was not permitted.  I could apologize quickly and move on.  Then I could go to the next room where the employees there don’t know that I don’t know yet not to take pictures.  Anyway, I have tons of pictures.

Yes, there was a phone for sale forged in titanium (starting at 3000).  Yes, there are watches for 195,000.  Yes, there are decorative pens for 300.  Yes, there is a floor dedicated to Christmas and is staged like Christmas all year long. Yes, there is REAL Victorian furniture for sale (4,000 for an end table).  Yes, you can buy your child an Armani jacket for 499 which he will outgrow in 2 months.  And yes, they even sell the "Ultimate Luxury Seatoy" known as a Seabob Magnum for 80,000, a device that you grasp while it propels you through the ocean.  Everything.  It is even true that, in 2007, they hired an Egyptian king cobra to guard a pair of 62,000 ruby-, sapphire-, and diamond-encrusted sandals.

Though the store may be severely upper class, the staff would never let you know that.  As I walked through the store in my normal street clothes (a.k.a. I don’t look like I have  80,000), the staff was nothing but courteous.  In each room they would ask me if I would like to try on a watch, watch a demonstration of an expensive product, or describe to me the latest line of fine china.

On the ground floor, there is a memorial to Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed that encases the engagement ring Fayed had purchased for her the day before their car accident.  There is also pedestal that has a piece of wood claiming to be at least 30,000,000 years old, though it doesn’t offer much of an explanation.

After I managed to find the exit of Harrods, I headed, through Hyde Park, to Buckingham Palace.  I only saw a small portion of Hyde Park, with the Albert Memorial, dedicated to Prince Albert.  There is also a fountain dedicated to Princess Diana.  Once out of Hyde Park, I passed the New Zealand War, Australia War, and World War I Memorials and crossed under Wellington Arch.  Interesting, Duke of Wellington was originally on top of the arch, but he was removed because numerous people despised it (including Queen Victoria).  He was replaced with four horses drawing a chariot carrying an angel of peace.

Buckingham was magnificent, though smaller than I imagined.  The Statue of Liberty was also much smaller than I imagined so it may just be because people talk up such places and objects so much.  The guards changed while I was there as well.  I hope to do a tour of Buckingham in the near future so hopefully I will have more to update about Buckingham later.
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Great batch of pictures. I'm sure you are in every security camera at Harrod's and may be asked to leave the country once they track you down!

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