London is my kind of town
Before I moved to the UK in 2005, Paris was my favourite place in the world. Paris is gorgeous and full of historical wonderment. There’s a monument around practically every corner and it’s just so, well, FRENCH! Paris will always have a certain romance and mystique about it. It’s a special place for me.
But London is now my kind of town, London is. I never thought I would feel so passionate about London but I do. Every time I get a chance to walk the streets of London, I am invigorated. There is plenty of history and some lovely buildings and monuments to behold but it’s the energy and the ZIP that I love. Everyone is hustling and bustling to get somewhere important. There are so many people of all size and variety. So many languages and specialty shops and restaurants. I don’t think you could ever get bored in London. At least, I don’t think I could.
I love that I know where things are in certain areas of London. I love that I can decipher a map of a “tourist” and tell them how to get somewhere. I love that I know which Tube lines I can take with a pushchair. Let’s face it, I love London.
Sam and I were in London on Wednesday to learn more about Royal Caribbean cruises (yes, more information will come about this). We arrived at Kings Cross and as we had an hour to kill, we walked from Kings Cross to Whitehall Gardens on the Victoria Embankment. It took us about 40 minutes to hot foot it across Central London but what a lovely walk we had. Sam had fallen asleep on the train and was snug as a bug in his Bugaboo. I was bundled up against the cold air but it was a glorious day with sunshine and blue sky to keep us warm. As I walked I took London in. Noting shops and business people, breathing in the crisp air punctuated with smells of cigarette and various exotic fooods. I walked by the Waldorf Hotel and assorted West End Theatres. I snuck past tiny patches of green and workers on benches eating steaming take-away food for lunch. Glorious. There may have been a pitter patter in my heart, a spring in my step and a grin on my face.
Thank you, London, for being so gorgeous on Wednesday. I know for the people who live there, it’s not a place of dreams, but for a girl from the Midwest of the US, London is pretty fantastic. What’s is your favourite place in London?