Cabin Fever

I returned from Paris with a crazy Continental bug.

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All week, I have had a debilitating fever, the chills, and an unhappy stomach.

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Paris without wifi also delivered a deft blow to my poor blog!

Last night, or was it early this morning, Amy said- Are you feeling better?  All that writing!

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My (physio) therapist in Singapore said something to me early this year that has since been imprinted in my waking moments.

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Keep on, keeping on, He said.

Keep on, keeping on- I tell myself over and over again.

Day 4 of high fever, chills, wounded belly, and immense self-pity, I forced myself to start the day on the correct note.

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Then, because I gave my word, I put on the Lori dress by Ukulele.

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Together, we went for afternoon tea.

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Aside from the horse, Afternoon Tea is another English habit, I love.  There is something so calming, ritualistic almost, about sitting down, and being served food that is delicately laid out.  It doesn’t quite matter that I don’t even have a sweet tooth.  I enjoy the sliced sandwiches, the starched white table cloth, the cutlery.  I enjoy, the champagne.

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I wanted to try a different venue, and needed a place that would welcome Bruno.

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The Egerton House Hotel on a quiet street in Knightsbridge, offered us much reprieve.

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Tea was served in a cosy drawing-room, just off the main reception area.  While the interiors were not quite extraordinary, service was.

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The hotel had the feel of a comfortable London home; one whose grandeur was whispered in muted tones.

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After 3-star accommodation in the City of Lights, it was really quite healing to experience 5-star service, and attentive details especially in bathroom styling again.

I am a sucker for details.  Like Fabric-covered walls.

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In the bathroom!

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Square-shaped, cotton hand towels, flowering live orchids, proper bottled toiletries, jar of potpourri and marbled counter tops…

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My fever diminished!

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Two hours passed in a gentle manner.

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Knightsbridge is really not a hood I like much.  But if you are visiting London and want to stay somewhere safe, central and within walking distance to the Natural History Museum, V & A, Hyde Park, and (SHUDDER) Harrods, and like the idea of a boutique hotel, the Egerton House Hotel is like that pot of gold, waiting at rainbow’s end.

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(I would love to wear it with a tulle petticoat.)

 

 

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