It’s Officially Hurricane Season. And the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

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Thinking of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and that it is now officially hurricane season here in the US (don’t try to understand how my random thought process works), it reminded me of this journal entry taken from my 2007 press trip visit to London to cover The Capital Hotel London in Knightsbridge and the now defunct Silverjet (thanks to Donna K. Smith). I had a free day and spent time earlier meeting David Whitley, a local travel writer and had plans to meet up with another writing friend, David Block who lived in the area. We met previously on a media junket in Hawai’i. Unfortunately we weren’t able to connect, and then it began to rain…..

Statue at Kensington Palace, London, UK

The afternoon was drizzly, gothic so I opted to visit the Victoria & Albert Museum and later Kensington Palace. There weren’t many visitors to the Palace that day. After taking in the exhibit of Princess Diana’s dresses, I walked the halls and rooms alone, wondering what the previous inhabitants were like. How did they take their tea? Was their fashion stunning and were their manners impeccable?

In the King’s Gallery I came across a painting, “The Flood”. It made me think of home and all the devastation and sadness Hurricane Katrina had reaped on my beloved Louisiana. I was getting weepy and melancholy, so a bit of shopping therapy was in order. The Kensington Palace gift shop took a nice dent out of my allotted spending money, but it was so worth it in that moment.

I decided to walk back to my hotel through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. I took my time, with thoughts of all the people who had been in that same spot in various eras before me. I came across the statue of Peter Pan and stood there in the misting rain, thinking of how I never wanted to grow up, never wanted to lose my sense of wonder in the world or a belief in the so-called unbelievable.

Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens

Congratulations Your Majesty. I know how you Brits love to throw a good party and can’t wait to see how my friends and family across The Pond celebrate such an occasion. We like parties too, however I’m hoping this season brings a lack of hurricane parties. I like to reserve my hurricanes for the Piano Bar at Pat O’s only.

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