London... It's a love-hate thing... - through these gray eyes...: London... It's a love-hate thing...

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

London... It's a love-hate thing...

The best photo I took was photobombed! Typical!

Whenever Tom and I go to London we seem to have an ongoing discussion about whether we love it or hate it. We have definitely decided that we couldn't live there!

It has become a tradition that when we are in London we don't get the tube anywhere but walk instead, we came close to getting a taxi twice on Sunday but the first time we just walked instead and the second time the taxi was going to take 40 minutes so we literally had to run 2 miles to our bus. We got there, anything is possible (at least with Google maps in walking mode). By walking everywhere we do get to know London pretty well and see a lot more than we would if we tube hopped, even if we ache for at least two days afterwards!

The Pros

The "Sights" - There is no beating the "Sights" of any city but London's always seem more personal somehow, perhaps because they belong to our own Capital. Maybe there is a glimmer of patriotism within me. I also am a total geek an love knowing that the Queen is home when I am there.

The Shops - I love the shops. We went to Selfridges on Sunday and honestly, the line from Breakfast at Tiffany's below certainly seems to fit Selfridges!

'The only thing that does any good is to jump in a cab and go to Tiffany's. Calms me down right away. The quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there.'

The Atmosphere - I'm not really sure what it is about the atmosphere that I like, but maybe it's just the vitality of the city. It does not seem to stop.

The Cons

The Crowds - Seriously I know it's London and therefore it is a busy city so crowds are obvious but, it's not so much the crowds more that people don't know where they are going and so stop in front of you so that you have to pull the emergency stop to avoid falling into them.

The Traffic - We've never driven in London which is just as well but, I really admire the people that do! How do you stay alive? As a pedestrian, I don't know how I am still alive!

I'm no closer to knowing whether I love it or I hate it. The crowds and traffic don't seem a big deal in black and white but in reality, they make our visits to London quite stressful. Maybe I just have to settle for loving it in small doses! Couple of weeks and I shall be back there for Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park!

*Baby update - Still no new nephew or niece! Becoming impatient!*

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