Champagne, Laughs and Manolos

I imagine most of us have heard a variation of Hunter S Thompson’s quote:

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, champagne in one hand and chocolate in another, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming ‘WooHoo! What a ride’.

Well, with these words in mind, a friend and I have spent the last couple of days in London after we decided to slide into our pensioner-status birthdays in a memorable way.

Me and Dee at Covent Garden

Covent Garden

We booked into a lovely little hotel near London’s West End and headed for Covent Garden with its lovely markets and quirky shops just made for browsing. Soon the late afternoon chill called for a glass of mulled wine around the Christmas tree, then it was off to see Beautiful, the Carole King musical. It was fabulous, as was the pre-theatre dinner we enjoyed at The Waldorf where we treated ourselves to a glass of champagne (or two).

Cheers! At The Waldorf

Living it up at The Waldorf

Next day, following a leisurely and rather late breakfast, we headed to the shops. First stop was Liberty, where we enjoyed morning coffee and some serious lusting after Manolo Blahnik shoes.

I'll have a pair in each colour, please

“I’ll take a pair in each size, please.”

Liberty

Covent Garden

Then it was Fortnum and Mason and their Christmas shop and fabulous selection of seasonal fare. So tempting, but I (mostly) managed to keep a tight hold on the purse-strings. Since all that restraint was very tiring we soon needed sustenance again. All I will say is that afternoon tea at Fortnum and Mason is an experience…and necessitated a deep dig into that hitherto tightly closed purse 🙂

But we had an amazing couple of days and created some fab memories. Can’t put a price on that, right?

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12 responses to “Champagne, Laughs and Manolos

  1. You are so right there is no price on precious memories. As I read your post echoes of Jane’s Friendship blog was ringing in my head. And, I love, love, love the photo’s. Would have so much enjoyed being there with you.

  2. You absolutely cannot put prices on some things, and heralding birthdays like this is one of them. It sounds like you had a great time. The photos are wonderful and thank goodness you have such a good friend to celebrate together with!

  3. How right you are. Sounds like you had an amazing couple of days!!

  4. Sounds marvellous. You look wonderful. A stylish, fun-filled celebration. Well done you. X

  5. Valerie J. Patterson

    I enjoyed your post, Tricia! Happy Birthday to you and to your friend. The pictures are great, and it looks like you both had such a grand time! Would have loved to share a glass of champagne with you!

  6. love it! Happy birthday, Tricia! AND there’s nothing like London at the Christmas season. I’ve done that and it was super. I wish I was as close as you, we’d go for tea together. Jillian

  7. Wow, what a fantastic time you had and what a lovely way to celebrate. Raising my glass to you. 🙂

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