The Wallace Collection

From the web site: The Wallace Collection is a national museum which displays the wonderful works of art collected in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, the son of the 4th Marquess. It was bequeathed to the British nation by Sir Richard’s widow, Lady Wallace, in 1897.

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Niki met me in my hotel lobby and we walked to The Wallace Collection. It was an incredibly lovely and warm day. We didn’t need our coats at all. I loved exploring the museum/townhouse – so elegant and filled with wonderful treasures. You can see I was partial to the writing desks. One my favorite paintings was The Swing by Jean-Honoré Fragonard.

We did a bit of shopping (mostly window) on Marylebone High Street, then Niki had to go back to work. I’ll get to see her again tomorrow!

Bob and I did our usual wandering around looking for a place to eat for dinner, peeking at menus and into windows. It wasn’t until we came upon a tiny place called Le Relais de Venise that we were tempted. We knew nothing about it, but the atmosphere was inviting. We arrived at just the right time – we were seated immediately, but not ten minutes later the place was packed, and a long line snaked out the door and down the sidewalk! Only one item is served each night and tonight it was a salad with mustard vinaigrette and walnuts and a steak with an incredible tarragon sauce and the best frites ever! Amazing!

On our pleasant walk back to our hotel, we saw this amusing sign:

Good night!

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