When I visited London last...
When I visited London last year I made a list of places that are a must, sadly I don't have pictures but they are all well known there! When arriving in London try to get the latest TIME OUT magazine where you can find info about the city: exhibitions, movies, theatre and everyhing you might want to know about the city.
The list is the following:
National Gallery, Nelson's Columns, Convert Garden Piazza, Photographer's Gallery, Picadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace.
Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Tate Britain, Royal College of Art, Science Museum, British Museum, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tate Modern (better at 10 am when they open, since you can hear the engines starting),
Millenium Bridge, London Bridge, London Eye, Parliament
Camden Town, Oxford Street
I remember I also visited the Imax theatre next to the Waterloo train station, but that's is an
experience if you have more time to do it.
Covent garden, July 2002
Miguel was at my disposal for one day in London as an IOU for me having shown him around Dubai when he got stranded in the city flying Bangkok to London via Dubai. If this photo looks like we had fun, we had twice as much!
We went on a walking tour of central London. I discovered the drawbacks of overstuffing my backpack. And that of having worn my Nine West boots. Fifteen minutes later, my feet were ready to fall off. I tossed
my boots into my back pack and put on a pair of rainbow striped flip-flops that came free with a copy of 19 magazine I had bought in the morning. Smart? As I put my feet into the sandals, I discovered that I couldn't walk. They were joined by a nylon string thing. I tried snapping it, but you know how nylon is. I also tried chewing through it with my teeth. A nice old gentleman stopped to look at me and asked what this young lady was doing chewing on her sandals. Miguel explained. The gentleman pulled out a pocket knife and I didn't have to chew my sandals anymore. Hehehe.
Looking back from the Tate Modern towards St Pauls, the Millenium Bridge was London's first new pedestrian Thames crossing in 100 years!! Designed by Norman Foster and sculptor Anthony Caro the bridge was opened on 10 June 2000. It developed an obvious wobble after some 10,000 visitors walked across on the first day of opening but it was soon corrected and is now perfectly safe!
Read more about the Wobbly Bridge at the BBC news website. Fondest memory? Too many to list! What do I miss most when I am away? The sublime .... and the ridiculous and the unexpected.
Eat like the locals
To enjoy your stay in the UK, try eating like the locals. Definately try fish and chips. Try a full English Breakfast. Drink a pint. I would also recommend trying bangers and mash as well as beans on toast. When in London....
William, where art thou from?...
William, where art thou from? Although Stratford on Avon is deemed to be THE Shakespeare-related place, I won't agree with it. What Shakespeare did in Stratford had nothing to do with his work and his greatness. Only in London did he discover his mission and created his incomparable treasures. In my opinion, the Bard himself would prefer me seeing the Globe theatre than his native village (from which he fled anyway ;-)) So: when in London, don't miss Shakespeare!