March 25, 1971

After breakfast Shopping was the first order of the day so off we went – Travellers Cheques in hand! Had lunch at London’s famous Department Store “Fortnum and Mason” “under the clock” During our early afternoon shopping we saw the Marquis of Quee…

After breakfast Shopping was the first order of the day so off we went – Travellers Cheques in hand!

Had lunch at London’s famous Department Store “Fortnum and Mason” “under the clock”

During our early afternoon shopping we saw the Marquis of Queensbury – he was far from our idea of royalty – old pants, boots, suede jacket, long hair & generally a hippy type but the owner of a string of china shops we’d looked up –

This afternoon’s weather brought sun, clouds rain, hail & then again the bright sun –

Malissa took us to King’s Road in the Chelsea District where we “did” the “in shops” – She came away with a very mod dress – “Stop the Shop” that was a Swinging Boutique – It revolved!

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[Editor’s Note:  I mentioned in my introductory post that I may occasionally have been a surly teenager during our trips and our visit to the Chelsea District might have been such a day.  There was my 15-year-self at the “in shops” with my mother, which would have been bad enough, but the weather Mom mentioned caused Daddy to don his two piece bright orange vinyl golfing rainwear.  They swore later that I tried to walk past him on the street like I didn’t know him. Now that I have been the mother of two teenage daughters, I’m betting they took perverse pleasure in my “situation.”  And, by the way, I hauled that “mod” dress around for about 38 years, like I was going to wear it again – or fit in it, for that matter.]

After a dinner (?) that need not be noted we (with Harold and Ruth) went to see the movie “Cromwell” – It was playing at the Odeon Theatre at Marble Arch – (In London movie prices are higher than live theatre)

Cromwell

We were glad to sit after our three days of walking and had just gotten settled when the orchestra struck up “God Save the Queen” so we rose on our tired feet once more –

Our Hotel looked good to us since it was past midnight when we got back there –

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Volume labeled “The Pennsylvania Lawyer’s Diary 1971”, used as travel journal by Elizabeth W. Ruffner, for a trip taken in March-April 1971; held by Malissa  Ruffner, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Baltimore, MD; 2011.

For background information on this series of posts, see Spring Break, 1971.

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