My 'romance' with Paris and London -- definitely my favorite cities in the world-- continues. And on the trip I just took (my plane was the LAST to be able to leave Heathrow airport on Thursday April 15th at 10am. barely 1 hour before the airport was closed for 6 horrible days -- thus averting a terrible end for my vacation!) I once again realized that if I had the money and the freedom to do it, I would live in both cities...Maybe 4 months in London....4 months in Paris...2 months in New York ..1 month in Miami...and 1 month discovering new places.
Since I cannot do that ---a trip to London and Paris at least once a year is such a necessary pleasure! Now I dont have to 'do the tourist sites' anymore (although I sometimes do) --and can spend my time a little more laid back and relaxed.
We later had amazing tea at the tea room at the rotonda, admired once again its green and white striped china and its rare center lamp- and afterwards visited the beautiful art/deco bathroom off the hotel lobby -- which is a real jewel! -- and said hello to sweet Constanza, the portuguese attendant whom I see on every visit. We then left through the side hotel door into the street, the one with the awning that says "Gordon Ramsay Restaurant" -- and soon we were (mostly) window shopping on nearby New Bond St. where MC bought herself a gret black Burberry trench and a fabulous pair of gold shoes reduced to 69 pounds!
Although I have stayed at magnificent London hotels like The Dorchester, The Lanesborough and The Mandarin --for some reason I have never stayed at Claridge's --but make a point to visit it every year. It is the most exquisite hotel in London by far.