The other day I was in London and I heard a friend complain about the cost of getting from the airport to downtown London. My friend said it cost him £3,500 to get from Heathrow to Kensington. Having just taken the tube for two pounds I could not imagine what his problem was. How in the world did it cost you £3,500?" I asked. My friend then commenced to say that for the trip he had rented a horsedrawn carriage with a driver dressed out in a white wig and a 17th century jacket brocaded in gold. The attendant in the back of the carriage wore similar clothes and blew a long brass trumpet, similar to one that might be found in Pimlico or Epsom Downs. The horses pulling the carriage were Arabian stallions, and the carriage had last been used in the wedding of Charles and Di. The horses were adorned with brass and leather and pulled the carriage using fittings made in the 16th century. The trip was the talk of London and even made the French and American newspapers. And still my friend complained about the cost of it all.

If you want to take a trip and are worried about expenses, you do not buy every expensive and ornamental adornment known to man.

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