#RRBC 30-DAY BLOGGING CHALLENGE DAY 27

Windsor Castle is an authentic castle snuggled next to a quaint village where you can stop for a drink and shop. Yay!

I loved the turrets. All the castle needed was a moat, but I didn’t see one. Wait. Is that a moat?

I loved the grounds. I was searching for any jousting, but there was only one tent.

I was excited to see the inside.

The rooms were as large and ornate as Buckingham Palace. The one that stuck in my memory was the enormous dining room. I couldn’t find my picture, so I found one online that shows the over-the-top furnishings.

Look at the colorful village nestled outside the castle walls, with seats. I could spend my day watching people instead of trudging through the old rooms.

A spot of tea for anyone? I had coffee since I’m too American.

Thank you for following along on my European vacation. I’ve visited one city in one country and hope to see many more.

#RRBC 30-DAY BLOGGING CHALLENGE DAY 25

Since I had so much fun at London Tower (do I detect a drop of sarcasm?), I thought I’d continue my London adventure. A trip to Harrods, London’s famous department store, is worthwhile. We took the Underground. If anyone mistakenly believes New York subways have the most aggressive people, I’m sorry to say London’s Underground passengers will push you over and stomp on you. With my swollen legs, I prayed each time to reach my destination in one piece. I did much better on the buses.

My daughter is the happiest while shopping.

We had a great day shopping.

Our next fun shopping trip was to Covent Garden.

I love quaint places and shopping. With two daughters, the highlight of our trips always centered around shopping. Life wasn’t complete until I bought a handbag on a trip, and I scored a Burberry bag in London.

We adored the crafts market and even found a kosher falafel place. Kosher food was harder to find in London than I expected. One neighborhood had a variety of places, but there were few kosher restaurants outside this area. To locate the kosher takeout in the food court of a department store, we asked many employees who had never heard of it. Finally, one store employee heard of the vendor and told us where to find it. We almost didn’t have food for the Sabbath.

We found the cutest pastry shop in Covent Garden, hidden behind a door, where everything was small, like in Alice in Wonderland.

I lost weight on this vacation with all the walking we were doing and the lack of kosher food. Now I know why some friends stick kosher salamis and peanut butter into their checked luggage. I didn’t want to walk around London smelling like salami and peanut butter. Next time, I will plan better for a vacation abroad. My husband suggested Venice, but after researching the food options, I knew I needed more time to prepare for that trip since even the milk and bread in Venice have lard and must be kosher. Packing a bag and going anywhere without worrying about food would be nice.

#RRBC BLOGGING CHALLENGE DAY 20

Today, I heard Macy’s is closing more stores. This saddens me because Macy’s played a significant part in my life. My excursions into Manhattan with my friends always ended with a stop at the big store. Macy’s brought a smile and a lift to your step no matter what was happening in your life at the time.

And who doesn’t remember the rickety wood escalators? They had them until recently at the back of the store. They rumbled and shook as they took you to shoppers’ paradise.

The holiday season wasn’t complete without Macy’s lighted windows.

I spent the day with my daughter, Ashley, at Macy’s a few years ago. We had coffee at the shop behind the women’s clothing that I didn’t notice before.

There was a flower show that day where we took pictures. Memories like these can never be duplicated but taken out and remembered on rainy days.

Now, I remember where I took pictures of the colorful flowers I used for my book banners.

Another trip to Macy’s is needed before the flagship store closes. I pray it doesn’t.