Greetings from England where the weather is changing and for the moment Autumn is on it’s way…a bit chilly and smatterings of rain, it is sweater time! This week I had a great trip to Buckingham Palace in London. It is one of the few working palaces left in the world and when the Queen goes on vacation to Balmoral, her home in Scotland, for a months each year, the 19 state rooms are opened to the public. It was FANTASTIC…I knew I would be impressed but I was so awed by everything.
The State Rooms are used extensively by the Queen and members of the royal family to receive and entertain their guests on state ceremonial and official occasions. There was a programme on tv recently about the royal family and the princes recalled being able to ride up and down the corridors, can you imagine it??? furniture is gorgeous, both English and French, with the most incredible details. Intriguing hidden doorways which swing open from the Queens quarters to save her walking for miles, complete with cabinets and lamps attached so they do not fall off when opened, what fun that would be!
One thing I really enjoyed was the collection of art adoring the walls….everything from Canaletto to Reuben’s and Rembrandt. Beautiful Sevres porcelain..phew!! The gardens are gorgeous, a park really, nothing like a garden as we know it. As we were leaving the changing of the guard was taking place, quite something to see, very precise and accurate, they never put a foot
wrong, and the horses are so well behaved. We ate in Covent Garden, an area that used to be the leading flower market in London but is now filled with quirky shops and stalls, restaurants and lots of fun things going on…acrobats and magicians to delight…mime artists… …and musicians who play and sing everything from opera to pop…extremely talented they are dedicated and enthusiastic, entertaining everyone from the very young to the very old. It is of my favourite places to go and eat, shop and people watch, no trip to London is complete without a visit! Off to Dublin on Tuesday so next weeks blog will show images from there, I am hoping to get to Belfast as well to see the Titanic exhibition, looking forward to that! Have a great week, I hope it will be full of wonderful things for you all!