The Daily Mantra is dedicated to the journey of enlightenment, and hopes to encourage its readers to put aside preconceived notions in order to allow themselves to be open to all the lessons and opportunities the Universe presents. I'd therefore like to illustrate this idea with a tale of serial serendipities from a recent trip I took to New York.
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"Leos want to be treated like kings and queens when vacationing," says Daily Mantra astrologer Maria. "Only the best of accommodations will do. They like being part of the in-crowd and tend to hang out at the theater, and dine first class. Since the sign of Leo rules royalty, traveling through Europe visiting its many castles is like home away from home."
The Daily Mantra recommends Leos take a trip to London and live like a king at the historic Langham Hotel, which enjoyed the patronage of such luminaries as Napoleon Bonaparte, Noel Coward and Wallis Simpson. Visit Kensington Palace, birthplace of Queen Victoria and the one-time home of Princess Diana. Take lunch or afternoon tea in the palace's elegant Orangery Cafe, and then stroll through the adjacent Hyde Park. Once the private hunting ground of kings, it is now one of central London's largest public parks. Afterwards, if you have the energy, take a trip to Knightsbridge, the favored shopping destination of the nobility.
If you can spare the time, it's well worth taking a day trip down the River Thames to Hampton Court Palace, home of Henry VIII and his six wives. Don't forget to check out the Tower of London too, and see the crown jewels and the spot where Henry's second wife Anne Boleyn (mother of Queen Elizabeth I) lost her bejeweled head. Visit Queen Elizabeth II's pad, Buckingham Palace, and watch the changing of the guards for free. If you're there in August or September, take a tour inside her majesty's home while she's on vacation. Catch some theater at Shakespeare's Globe and dine at Gordon Ramsay's restaurant at Claridge's Hotel (a favored home of WWII-exiled European royalty), but bear in mind eating there is likely to cost you a princely sum.
Photography by Nicole. Top: Buckingham Palace; Middle: A royal swan floating on the Serpentine in Hyde Park; Bottom: Buckingham Palace rear view.