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G is for Great Britain

Liberty of London

I’m waiting for my son Joseph to arrive in London. I’m so excited I can’t stand it!  I had plans to attend a museum but felt distracted and decided to walk to a famous department store instead. It’s Liberty of London.

I had no idea this department store was so elegant! Among all the chain stores in the area Liberty appears: a half timbered treasure!  Everything inside was absolutely sumptuous.  The scarves had my attention and held it. I couldn’t stop reveling in the rich patterns and fabrics.

I finally pulled myself away to find which level houses the yardage. Liberty is famous for its fabrics that quilters and seamstresses covet. This was a good option for me–since I can’t afford anything else in the store and have absolutely zero room in my suitcase! I settled on a delicious fabric called “Earthly Delughts” to make a scarf. I purchased half a meter for £25.

I couldn’t resist cruising through the shoe department as I left. It appears that heels adorned with jewelry is a thing. I better get my gluegun out when I get home.

I also visited Flying Tiger, a Danish store that got my attention recently–and it’s priced for you and me.  The Danish are so clever and creative with their designs. Consequently, I wanted to buy everything in the store for my grandchildren! I settled for a couple flat things I can easily mail  and a silly pair of reading glasses for me.

I had a bite to eat at Leon, which in my opinion is elevated fast food.  I had a breakfast sandwich at their Heathrow location a year ago and bought their cookbook as a result.  If you like reading cookbooks, I recommend it.  It seems like the older I get I enjoy reading cookbooks more than making the recipes!




Rhonda Sarantis

Rhonda Sarantis

"She's crazy and loud but she loves you!" That's what they tell my infant granddaughter to prepare her for my visit, so I thought it would be a great way to prepare you. And while I may not always be crazy or loud, one thing is always true: I LOVE people. That's at the heart of my passion for travel. I love getting to know people from different cultures who speak different languages, eat different food, have different ideas and opinions. I'm endlessly curious and make a point of reading about the countries I visit. Instead of saying "that's not how WE do it," I enjoy identifying strengths in diverse cultures, and learning about their way of life. I LOVE road trips! I have great memories of monthlong vacations growing up. Dad always had a van--before they were popular--and invited anybody who wanted to join us. My road trips within the United States will be featured in "The Lower Case Travelogs." Be sure to buckle your seat belt. I execute illegal u-turns if a bakery or estate sale is spotted!

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  • Deb

    So fun to look at the links you provide, ad well as read about your adventures!!

    August 17, 2017 at 3:13 pm
  • Aaron

    Walking Coast to coast through England will be quite an Adventure for you and I am excited to see how it goes!

    August 17, 2017 at 4:47 pm
  • Doris arroyo

    I love those shoes!!!

    August 19, 2017 at 5:07 am