1999 Austria / London / Munich: Knightsbridge

    1999 Austria / London / Munich: Knightsbridge

    Knightsbridge

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    1999 Austria / London / Munich: Knightsbridge

    For better or worse (by which I mean to say “for the worse”) the upper-crust neighborhood of Knightsbridge, the residence of royalty, clergy, and the monied, is now known as the area surrounding Harrod’s (at left). Much better is a stroll around and in-between the old homes, with their “muses” (the service areas hidden behind the houses, which was also the servant’s living space).

    One of my favorite moments in Knightsbridge was an unintentional stop in front of the recruiting office of the London Irish Rifles. Isaac, napping, awoke for a big swig of water. That’s when I looked up to see the photograph of three rifle-toting soldiers. Given the never-ending unrest in Ireland, I wondered what residents thought as they passed this poster, day after day. Very strange. I should have wandered in to see what else was on display, but in the (literal) heat of the moment I just wanted some refreshment at Harrods.

    Near Knightsbridge we stopped off at a museum, but sadly I can’t remember which one. The antiquities were wonderful to see, especially the busts of Caligula Caesar (left) and Tiberius Caesar (right). I’ve discovered the secret of surviving museums with an infant or toddler: focus on the animals. There are an amazing number of animals in the sculptures and paintings on display, and a wee one can be encouraged to good behavior by moving from animal to animal.

    One of my favorite things of all is a very old engraving of the Anglo-Saxon legend of Saint George and the Dragon (seen at right, below).

    Isaac was also impressed by the number of babies (a category in which Isaac includes cherubim and small animals).

    Before leaving Knightsbridge we stopped off at hidden wonder, the Mezzeh of Lebanon restaurant. Forgive my hyperbole, but the hummos here is to die for. And that’s not to mention the Arabic coffee and the rest of the menu. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by for a treat. If you’re not in the neighborhood, heigh thee there. Then, full and satisfied, we headed out to Kensington Palace, home of HRH Prince Charles and Lady Diana.

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